Quimper, the capital of the “department” of Finistère, is a thousand-year-old city recognised for its artistic and historic significance through the label “Ville d’Art et d’Histoire”. Quimper boasts four permanent museums and is also an ideal place for window shopping. The town has many pedestrian zones lined with shops selling clothes, jewellery, accessories, housewares and more. There is also a covered market hall ‘Halles Saint-François’ (with a food market every day), and a large outdoor market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Every year on the first Thursday of August, you’ll see signs for the ‘Taol Balenn’, when local shops set out their wares at discount prices. Quimper has many biscuit producers and local specialities, chocolate-makers and of course plenty of excellent restaurants, crêperies and coffee-shops.