An unforgettable gastronomic journey

Carcassonne, a fortified city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stands out not only for its remarkable medieval architecture, but also for its rich and tasty gastronomy. Far from tourist clichés, Carcassonne reveals a unique culinary identity, shaped by historical influences and exceptional local produce.

Discover the flavours of Carcassonne

A journey through time

Carcassonne’s history is intimately linked to its culinary heritage. From the Romans to the Cathars, via Mediterranean influences, local gastronomy has evolved over the centuries, absorbing the flavors and techniques of each era. The Romans introduced the cultivation of wheat and vines, fundamental elements of Mediterranean cuisine. The Cathars, meanwhile, contributed to the development of livestock breeding and cheese production.

Local produce

Carcassonne’s terroir offers a diversity of fresh, seasonal produce, notably with the generous use of olive oil and aromatic herbs, the soul of local cuisine:

  • Sun-drenched vegetables: tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, zucchinis, green beans… grown in the sunny plains around Carcassonne, these vegetables are used in many dishes.
  • Tasty meats: lamb, pork, beef… raised in the region’s pastures, these meats are often simmered in rich, fragrant sauces, such as cassoulet.
  • Goat’s cheeses: produced on local farms, these cheeses offer a wide variety of flavors and textures. They are often enjoyed fresh or matured.
  • Garrigue honey: harvested in the surrounding hills, this honey has a unique, fragrant taste, ideal for sweetening pastries or accompanying cheeses.

Carcassonne’s culinary history

The influences that have shaped local gastronomy

The history of Carcassonne’s gastronomy is a fascinating journey through the ages. The Romans, the first to settle in the region, introduced wheat and vine cultivation, laying the foundations of Mediterranean cuisine with olive oil and giving birth to the region’s first wines.

In the Middle Ages, Carcassonne was an important commercial crossroads, attracting merchants, pilgrims and knights from neighboring regions, coloring the local cuisine with new influences. Pepper, ginger, saffron and meats such as pork and duck became ubiquitous.

Must-try specialities

Cassoulet Carcassonnais

Cassoulet Carcassonnais is the city’s signature dish. A famous quote from Prosper Montagné, author of the first Larousse gastronomique and a native of Carcassonne, testifies to the importance of this gastronomic dish: “Cassoulet is the God of Occitan cuisine. A God with three heads: Castelnaudary le Père, Carcassonne le Fils, Toulouse le Saint Esprit, Cassoulets soient-ils.

Originally composed of beans, confit, loin, belly, rind, ham hocks, onions and bouquet garni, the Carcassonne region adds red partridge to this simmered dish. The latter, threatened with extinction, has now been replaced by mutton. A true concentrate of flavors and traditions, it is customary to serve it on special occasions. A dish that deserves a fine wine pairing, such as a Corbières or Minervois.

According to the most widespread legend, the creation of cassoulet is attributed to the siege of Castelnaudary in 1340, during the 100 Years’ War. The besieged, having gathered all available supplies (beans, meat, sausages), simmered a gigantic stew to feed the fighters and repel the English.

Snails Languedocienne style

This recipe is based on “petit gris” snails, cooked at low temperature in a creamy, fragrant sauce made with ham, walnuts, garlic and parsley. This dish, often served hot as an appetizer, is a veritable hymn to traditional cuisine.

Local delicacies

In addition to these must-tries, Carcassonne has other delicacies well worth trying. Among the most popular are

  • Le Carcassonnais: a brioche pastry filled with custard and pieces of candied fruit, often found on family tables on Sunday lunchtimes.
  • Le petit Carcassonnais: a small oval cake with a madeleine-like texture, created in 1928 by M. Gau. (Chez Fuster)
  • Le grès de la cité: small brick-shaped sweet, with hazelnut-almond praline flavors. (Chez Nougalet)
  • Les écus de la cité: gourmet chocolates (dark and milk) featuring the city. (Chez Bimas)

Other products to discover

  • Aude black truffles
  • Olives (including Lucques du Languedoc)

“Le Domaine” Gîte

A luxurious gîte which is perfect for Christmas holidays spent around the open fireplace, and ideal for summer breaks spent exploring the countryside and visiting nearby the legendary Carcassonne.

Market tours

Immerse yourself in the daily life and flavors of Carcassonne

Local markets are the ideal place to discover the region’s fresh, seasonal produce. You’ll find fruit and vegetables, cheeses, charcuterie, wines and much more. Don’t hesitate to ask the locals for advice: they’ll be delighted to share their best addresses and favorite specialties with you. Among Carcassonne’s most popular markets, you can visit these 2 places:

  • Le marché des Halles Prosper Montagné: located in the city center, this covered market is open every morning from Tuesday to Saturday and offers a wide variety of products to discover the local gastronomy.
  • The Place Carnot market: this market, particularly popular on Saturday mornings, offers organic and local produce. At the end of your stroll, you can admire the magnificent Neptune fountain, while enjoying a cup of coffee.

To discover the city while sampling local produce and meeting passionate artisans, La Fille du Midi, a local with a passion for her region, offers you a unique gastronomic experience with 3 tours to choose from.

Our good addresses

Where to eat in Carcassonne?

When you visit Carcassonne, you’ll no doubt be looking for something to eat and/or refresh yourself, and wondering where to go. Stop here for a few minutes, and we’ll suggest a few good local addresses, where you can satisfy your cravings by sampling local specialities before returning to the peace and quiet of your gîte later in the evening:

  • Le Verre d’Un: Wine bar and restaurant.
  • Monsieur H: Mediterranean-style restaurant.
  • Brasserie à 4 temps: Bistronomic restaurant focusing on the 4 times of the day: breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
  • Le Rideau Rouge: Restaurant serving local specialties.
  • Le Bloc G: committed restaurant.
  • Casa Maria: Grill restaurant with authentic cuisine.
  • Agapé: Restaurant with simple, bold and cosmopolitan cuisine.

Restaurant à la Cité :

  • Le Comte Roger: Gastronomic restaurant featuring local cuisine.
  • Chez Christine: Mediterranean bistro, a taste journey between land and sea.
  • Le Ménestrel: Bar-restaurant.
  • Le Bar à Vins: Wine bar – Tapas.
  • Le Sénéchal: Wine bar – Tapas – Galettes

Restaurant in Trèbes :

  • Le Moulin de Trèbes: Restaurant with modern, delicate local cuisine.
  • La Poissonnerie Moderne: Seafood restaurant.

Restaurant in Val de Dagne :

  • La Bourdasso: Restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisine “fatto in casa”.
  • Vins de Dagne: Restaurant serving local cuisine.

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Gîte "Les Terroirs" - Calmel & Joseph
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Gîte "Les Cuvées Rares" - Calmel & Joseph
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Gîte "Le Domaine" - Calmel & Joseph
Gîte "Le Domaine" - Calmel & Joseph
Gîte "Le Domaine" - Calmel & Joseph
Gîte "Le Domaine" - Calmel & Joseph
Gîte "Le Domaine" - Calmel & Joseph
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“Le Domaine”

240 m² | 9 pers. | 4 rooms

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