With countless museums and galleries, superb Michelin-starred restaurants and world-famous nightclubs, sunny Saint-Tropez is a magnet for tourists seeking the high life. However, when you holiday along this prestigious stretch of coast, it can be hard to know where to begin your sightseeing itinerary, with so many iconic attractions vying for your attention. For a real taste of this iconic seaside town, cast aside your guide book and try out our hidden gems in St Tropez.
Six of the best hidden gems in St Tropez
The off-piste art gallery: Galerie Henri Sié
St-Tropez is famous for its vibrant arts scene, with countless independent galleries and studios sprinkled around its cobbled streets. Abandon the tourists queuing to enter the world-famous Musee de l’Annonciade and instead head to Galerie Henri Sié – you can’t miss its punchy turquoise façade, fringed by creeping vines. Sié’s paintings tend to focus on life in Provence, with many set in Saint Tropez itself, making this one of our top hidden gems in St Tropez for art lovers.
8 Rue du Clocher, Saint-Tropez, +33 4 94 97 09 64
The most beautiful museum in town: The Butterfly House
Granted, the citadel’s Musée de l’Histoire Maritime is a must-visit, but when you just can’t face the throng of eager tourists, seek out The Butterfly House. Founded by artist Dany Lartigue, this sweet museum, located in the old town, sees 35,000 beautifully presented butterflies hung around the artist’s former-home.
9 rue Etienne Berny, 83990 Saint Tropez, +33 4 94 97 63 45
An al fresco dinner which won’t break the bank
Don’t get us wrong, we love to don our glad rags and hit the glitzy seafront restaurants as much as the next person. However, if you are craving a comforting bowl of perfectly al dente pasta away from the buzz of Saint-Tropez, we know just the place. Just 12-minutes out of town, La Pomme de Pin’s garden is one of the top foodie hidden gems in St Tropez. It offers fantastically affordable Italian cuisine, beneath fragrant pine trees. Book a table outside, opt for their grilled fish and leave room for tiramisu.
Route de Tahiti – Quartier du Pinet 83350 Ramatuelle, +33 4 94 97 73 70
St-Tropez’s best creperie: Grand Marnier
We will keep this one short and sweet, literally. We couldn’t possibly compile our top hidden gems in St Tropez and leave these guys out. The cheerful team at Grand Marnier flambé the best crêpe suzettes in town. They are open until late and will douse your crêpe in as much of the famous French liqueur as you wish.
Rue des Rempart St-Tropez, +33 4 94 97 07 29
The town’s most overlooked church: Chapelle de la Misericorde
We couldn’t create an action-packed list of the best of Saint Tropez without giving you somewhere peaceful to retreat to. When the heat and excitement of St-Tropez gets to you, after you rent villas with aircon, the next step is to head to one of the town’s most beautiful churches: Chapelle de la Misericorde. While Eglise Notre Dame de l’Assomptio’s iconic red and yellow façade attracts the tourists, quieter Chapelle de la Misericorde boasts an elaborate tiled dome, a striking serpentine door and dates back to 1646.
A heads up for Rolling Stones fans – La Chapelle Sainte Anne in nearby Ramatuelle was where Mick Jagger got married (the first time).
Rue Miséricorde, Saint-Tropez
The most peaceful spot in town: Saint-Tropez’s Marine Cemetery
If this sea-facing cemetery seems strangely familiar, you have probably seen it making a cameo on the big screen. One of the most peaceful hidden gems in St Tropez, this beautiful cemetery has featured in various films, including And God Created Woman, with Brigitte Bardot.
Cimetière Marin du St Tropez, Chemins des Graniers, St Tropez