Top Choice Modern French in Besançon

Le Saint-Pierre

Crisp white tablecloths, exposed stone and subtle lighting are the backdrop for intense flavours, such as lobster lasagne with spinach and lobster bouillon, which are expertly paired with regional wines. At €40 the …
Madagascan in Besançon

Le Mascareigna

If you've ever wanted to try cuisine réunionnaise (the food of the Francophone tropical island of Réunion), this pleasant little neighbourhood restaurant, decked out like an island hut, is a great place to start. Sa…
Market in Besançon

Marché Beaux-Arts

This covered food market has a lively outdoor extension on Wednesday morning, Friday morning and Saturday. Grab half a dozen super-fresh oysters (€8.25) at the tiny central 'restaurant' while shopping for charcuteri…
French in Besançon

Le Poker d’As

With its thoughtful blend of traditional and creative French fare – trout tartare with top-grade olive oil and fine herbs; chicken with morels and vin jaune; cod with puy lentils and black radish cream – the 'Poker …
Burgers in Besançon


Trying to up the ubiquitous burger a notch, Hambourgeois uses good-quality ingredients in its five different offerings, with unusual inclusions such as cabécou, a soft goat's cheese. The menu includes a burger, sala…
Brasserie in Besançon

Brasserie 1802

With a terrace spilling out on to tree-shaded place Granvelle, this glass-fronted brasserie serves up French classics such as Charolais rib steak, plus such Franc-Comtois specialities as trout with savagnin (vin jau…
Bistro in Besançon

La Petite Adresse

A little address that's big on cheese dishes such as boîte chaude (hot box; two-person minimum), made with seasonal Vacherin Mont d’Or, and another Jura speciality, saucisse de Morteau (Morteau sausage).
Moroccan in Besançon

Le Jardin de la Palmeraie

Simple, genuine and utterly delicious. You'll find all the tajines, bistilla, grilled merguez and filling, warmly spiced vegetables you'd expect at this friendly Moroccan restaurant.