Saint Tropez is heaven for foodies, with a huge array of restaurants covering almost every taste and budget within its midst.
But sometimes, even those who are regular visitors to this unique corner of the South of France need some inspiration into which restaurant to choose for a special evening out.
There are numerous recommendations available online, but one which caught the eye of the team here at St Tropez House was a ‘must-try’ list by culturetrip.com, a global platform showcasing the best art, culture, food and travel for every country in the world.
Its’ top 10 restaurants for the best views, greatest company and finest dining experience is as follows:
- Table du Marché, 11 Rue des Commerçants +33 494 97 91 91
Described by the site as a ‘contemporary bistro’, the restaurant owned by celebrity chef Christophe Leroy is said to be hugely popular with locals and visitors alike. Menus start at €19.50 for two courses.
- Hôtel de la Ponche, 5 Rue des Remparts +33 494 97 09 29
The place to come for “fish soup, red mullet, lobster, cod … all honored in true Provençal fashion”. Not only is the food legendary, the restaurant is also seeped in history having welcomed many famous faces over the years such as Brigitte Bardot, Francois Sagan and Pablo Picasso.
- La Vague d’Or, La Résidence de la Pinède, Plage de Bouillabaisse +33 494 55 91 00
Arguably the finest restaurant in Saint Tropez which features in everyone’s top 10. The chef is three Michelin-star wizard Arnaud Doncele and the food, service and scenery is quite literally out of this world.
- Club 55, 43 Boulevard Patch, 83350 Ramatuelle, + 33 494 55 55 55
Another very famous restaurant which is located on the golden sands of Pampelonne Beach, approximately a ten minute drive from the centre of Saint Tropez. It’s a favourite haunt for the jet set, and a wonderful place to while away the hours over a bottle of Rosé and plate of grilled fish on a summer’s day.
- L’Auberge des Maures, 4, Rue du Docteur Boutin, +33 494 97 01 50
This restaurant is one of the few that is open all year round, and is a wonderful place is retreat to on a winter’s evening for a delicious meal in front of an open fire. Only open for dinner, there is a set menu of three courses for €49.
- Sénéquier, Place aux Herbes, +33 494 97 00 90
An institution in Saint Tropez, this cafe with red branding has been a major part of port life since it opened in 1887. Patisseries are served all day, although the website does warn that visitors should not ‘expect too much change from a 50 note for coffee and cake for two’.
- Le Sporting, 42 Place des Lices, +33 494 970 065
Set in Place des Lices, the heart and soul of Saint Tropez, this authentic brasserie serves some great classics for reasonable prices, and is the perfect place from where to watch the world go round.
- Brasserie des Arts, 5 Place des Lices, +33 494 40 27 37
Situated in the same central square is this equally informal brasserie, which, according to the website, attracts a ‘hip and arty crowd’. A great place for brunch when you have been up all night.
- Rivea, Byblos Saint-Tropez, 27 avenue Foch, +33 4 94 56 68 20
Located within one of Saint Tropez’s most luxurious hotels, Byblos, Rivea offers an “extravagant fine dining” experience under the instruction of internationally renowned chef, Alain Ducasse.
- Le Kikouiou, Route de Bonne Terrasse, Ramatuelle, +33 494 79 83 94
Last but by no means least on the list is this hidden gem with views over the vineyards near Pampelonne Beach. The website describes it as “a welcome step back from the beach club bling” where you can find great salads, pizzas and grilled fish.