Top ChoiceGastronomy in Arles

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...

Top ChoiceMarket in Arles

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...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer

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...

Top ChoiceGastronomy in Camargue

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...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Camargue

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...

Top ChoiceBistro 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,...

Top ChoiceModern French in Arles

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...

Top ChoiceFrench in Camargue

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,...

Seafood in Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer

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...

Bistro in Arles

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,...

French in Camargue

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...

Ice Cream in Arles

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...

Tapas in Arles

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,...

International in Arles

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....

Grill 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...

Seafood in Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer

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...

French in Arles

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,...

French in Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer

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...

Cafe in Arles

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...

Bistro in Arles

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...