10 Incredible Restaurants in the French Riviera
A memorable evening on the Côte d’Azur demands more than just a great view. Savouring the beauty of this Michelin-star-studded coast must engage your palate as well, and restaurants here take the task seriously. There’s a surplus of top chefs in the region serving fresh local flavours at historic palaces, hot new fusion restaurants, and exclusive beach clubs. Indulge your senses here:
Le Bistrot de Mougins, Mougins
Mougins is the capital of food in the French Riviera, and this delightful bistro is one of our favourite restaurants of all time! Set in chic and intimate 18th century surroundings, Michelin recommends this “charming restaurant” headed by “a creative and passionate chef”. We love it so much our Managing Director, Serge Cowan, goes to Le Bistro de Mougins every year. He would recommend the gratinée de morue aux épinards frais.
Le Mirazur, Menton
Fresh off the red carpet of the gastro-world, this place recently joined the ranks of the Grandes Tables du Monde association’s 50 Best Restaurants of the World. Chef Mauro Colagreco makes magic with his creative use of the restaurant’s own gardens of produce, fragrant herbs, and flowers for an unparalleled taste experience.
This Michelin-starred spot is buzzing with the energy of a hip young crowd. Playful wooden sculptures adorn the walls of the intimate dining room. Brothers Gaël and Mickaël Tourteaux command new flavours in the tiny yet passionate kitchen, melding elements from Asia to Provence.
La Chèvre d’Or, Èze
You’ll find a fairy tale in the hilltop village of Èze at the double-Michelin-starred restaurant of the Chateau de la Chevre D’Or. Great for lunch, it’s best enjoyed on a sunny afternoon with a glass of rosé. Chef Arnaud Faye delivers a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience from this idyllic sea-view estate.
Le Bacon, Antibes
A must for seafood lovers, Le Bacon serves up seasonal catches as fresh as they are expertly prepared. Internationally renowned as one of France’s best seafood restaurants, Le Bacon shows their 60 years of practice with elegant results. The terrace’s sweeping view of Italy has been shared by countless celebrities.
The aptly named Hysteria has been a hotspot for Italian cuisine since 1989. Catering to a local late-night crowd, it’s an unpretentious find in a string of posh new restaurants along the port. Grab some authentic pizza or grilled octopus and enjoy the dimly lit retro décor.
La Vague d’Or, Saint-Tropez
Chef Arnaud Donckele, the youngest ever to receive three Michelin stars, turns his passion for local ingredients into revelatory new dishes at this renowned Saint-Tropez restaurant. Enjoy sea views under ancient pines on this culinary journey through the Mediterranean landscape.
Club 55, Saint-Tropez
If sipping champagne on a sandy beach is more your scene, you’ll fit in at trendy Club 55 in Saint-Tropez. Relaxed and chic, the restaurant suits all budgets. It hasn’t lost a bit of it’s cool-factor since it opened as the area’s first exclusive beach club in 1955.
Le Tube, Cannes
A short walk from the beach sits the stylish Le Tube brasserie, a former garage space reclaimed in all its industrial glory. Exposed metal tubes, brick, and mid-century art make a perfect backdrop for the classic menu of French comfort food and cocktails.
Bobo Bistro, Cannes
For a more laid-back vibe, Bobo Bistro is a must when in Cannes. Relax with a coffee on the patio or check out the excellent wine list and retro ‘60s décor by candlelight. This self-described “bohemian bourgeois” affair puts you right in the middle of the Carré d’Or.
Baoli Beach Restaurant, Cannes
Cap off your evening with the best restaurant for happening nightlife in Cannes. This gorgeous beach club is designed for sunbathing during the day. After dark, stay for a fantastic live DJ set over sushi and cocktails until the wee hours.
Source: Unique Living