France is a foodie paradise, and with its close proximity to both the UK and the Benelux, the region around Calais in northern France makes the perfect destination for a gourmet weekend break. Calais and its surrounding area has plenty to offer tourists in search of fine dining. Well worth a visit are the group of restaurants and bistros belonging to the exclusive Toques d’Opale society of culinary professionals – the word ‘toque’ refers to the famous white hat worn by chefs, while ‘opale’ refers the magnificent Côte d’Opale (Opal Coast) on which Calais lies.