Best restaurants in Camargue

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    L'Atelier Jean-Luc Rabanel

    As much an artistic experience as a double-Michelin-starred adventure, this is the gastronomic flagship of charismatic chef Jean-Luc Rabanel. Many products are sourced from the chef's veggie patch, and wine pairings are an experience in themselves. Saturday-morning cooking classes are also available, working with the kitchen brigade (€200). Next door, Rabanel's À Côté offers bistro fare.

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    Marché d'Arles

    Plan to be in Arles for the whopping Saturday morning market. You'll find all of Camargue's best produce: salt, rice, goat's cheese, saucisson d’Arles (bull-meat sausage) and so much more. Stalls line both sides of the street as visitors and locals alike browse, sample and buy everything from lavender honey to baby chicks.

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    Ô Pica Pica

    Fish and shellfish do not come fresher than this. Watch them get gutted, filleted and grilled in the 'open' glass-walled kitchen, then devour your meal on the sea-facing pavement terrace or out the back in the typically Mediterranean white-walled garden. Simplicity is king here: plastic glasses, fish grilled à la plancha, and shellfish platters. No coffee and no credit cards.

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    La Cabane aux Coquillages

    Attached to the excellent Ô Pica Pica restaurant, this informal little cabane (hut) specialises, unsurprisingly, in coquillages (shellfish): oysters, palourdes (clams), coques (cockles), and tellines (a type of local shellfish known elsewhere in France as pignons). Or, you could opt for perfectly cooked fritures (battered baby prawns, baby squid or anchovies) and a very cooperative glass of wine.

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    La Chassagnette

    Surrounded by a vast potager (kitchen garden), which supplies practically all the restaurant's produce, this renowned gourmet table is run by Armand Amal, a former pupil of Alain Ducasse. The multicourse menus are full of surprises, and the bucolic setting is among the loveliest anywhere in the Camargue. There's a vegetarian menu (unfortunately available only at lunch).

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    À Côté

    A meal at Jean-Luc Rabanel's nearby flagship restaurant may be too expensive for some, but he knows how to do great bistro dining too. While bearing the Rabanel signature style, À Côté is reassuringly casual, with wooden chairs, terrace-style tables, and a blackboard menu of solid bistro classics – go for something like confit lamb shank or local terrine with condiments.

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    Chez Bob

    This house restaurant is an iconic address adored by Arlésians. Feast on grilled bull chops, mullet eggs and anchoïade (a powerful Provençal garlic and anchovy emulsion) beneath trees or inside between walls plastered in photos, posters and other memorabilia collected over the years by Jean-Guy, aka 'Bob'. It's 18km south of Arles; reserve ahead.

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    Le Mazet du Vaccarès

    Shuddering along the low ribbed road past flamingos and Camargue ponies is totally worth it for the seafood at this legendary lakeside cabin. Memorabilia from Hélène and Néné’s days as lighthouse keepers in Beauduc fill the restaurant with soul. The jovial couple cook up one fixed menu, built from the catch of local fishers. Cash only.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Arles

    Le Gibolin

    After spending three decades plying Paris with their passion for organic wines, owners Brigitte and Luc decided to head south and do the same for Arles. Unsurprisingly, it's become a much-loved local fixture, known for its hearty home cooking and peerless wine list (racked up temptingly behind the bar and mostly available by the glass).

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    Glacier Arlelatis

    Thirty-eight flavours of artisanal ice cream and sorbet are the mainstays of this glacier on busy place du Forum. Buy a cone to take away or treat yourself to a magnificent whipped-cream-topped sundae sitting down. Flavours change but there are always a few distinctly Provençal ones: lavender honey, chestnut and so forth.

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    L'Autruche

    'The Ostrich', run by husband-and-wife team Fabien and Ouria, is a family restaurant in the best tradition. Market-fresh produce is assured, as is the ability of their Michelin-experienced chef to treat it with skill – perhaps plaice with cocoa beans or silky asparagus soup with nuts. Extravagant desserts are a further treat.

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    L'Ouvre Boîte

    Alexandre's little joint (the 'Open Box') has become a firm Arlésian favourite for chilled evening eats in the courtyard of the Hôtel du Cloître. It specialises in shared tapas-like 'little plates' – oysters, octopus in herby-tomato sauce, pork in Asian broth – ordered to share. Arrive early for a prime table.

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    La Telline

    A true local favourite, this isolated cottage restaurant with sage-green wooden shutters is one of the best places to sample genuine Camargue food. Summer dining is in a small and peaceful flower-filled garden, where straightforward starters such as tellines (molluscs), salad or terrine are followed by grilled fish or meat, or a beef or bull steak. No credit cards.

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    Le Réfectoire

    You won't find a much better lunch venue than this convivial canteen within the emergent cultural centre Fondation Luma. The food is light and colourful, with a strong emphasis on veggies and organic wholefoods. Expect dishes such as tabbouleh of carrots, lentils and celery, stuffed purple aubergines, quinoa salads, and more filling mains like roast Ventoux pork.

  • Restaurants in Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer

    La Casita

    The charismatic couple who run this unpretentious address, with cartwheels for tables, cook up the catch of the day à la plancha (grilled) for eight months of the year, and spend the other four travelling. The result is local specialities like tellines (shellfish) and baby squid cooked to perfection, as well as more exotic ingredients like Pata Negra pork from Spain.

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    Calypso – Lou Santen

    A seasonal regular, this beach restaurant shaded by a reed pergola provides the perfect lookout to the Plage Ouest and the Mediterranean beyond. Lounge at tables on the wooden terrace while feasting on perfectly grilled platters of r ouget (red mullet), loup (bass) or whatever was caught that morning, then rent a sun-lounger (per day €12) for a siesta on the sand.

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    La Grange

    If you've developed a desire to get closer to the Camargue's bulls by eating them, then head to the Grange, an ode to Camargue's gardians, with bull-herding memorabilia on the walls and plenty of taureau (bull meat) on the menu. Portions are copious, and you can begin with a Lou Gardian, the house apéro, mixing white wine and peach liqueur.

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    Le Galoubet

    Eighteenth-century stone walls, a wooden bar, a fireplace, friendly staff and French/Provençal food that's not afraid to play with Asian ingredients like Thai basil – what's not to like about this romantic, reliable bistro? Céline works the magic in the kitchen, while husband Franck runs things out front. Try the onglet (skirt steak) with morel mushrooms.

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    Fadoli et Fadola

    Well-stuffed sandwiches – made to order, frotté à l'ail (rubbed with garlic) and dripping with silken AOC Vallée des Baux olive oil – lure the crowds to this tiny sandwich shop with a hole-in-the-wall takeaway counter. It also sells olive oil by the litre (€12 to €25) and even sushi. Find it footsteps from central 'cafe' square, place du Forum.

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    Au Brin de Thym

    A favourite recommendation for bistro dining, Au Brin de Thym is chilled in vibe and creative in execution. The menu is dictated by seasons and the best produce on offer from the market, so the choice is extremely limited, but can be trusted. Typical offerings include frilled bull steak with oven potatoes, or sardine tartine with confit onions.