Restaurants

Top Choice Seafood in La Rochelle

Le Panier de Crabes

The Basket of Crabs is, funnily enough, a self-proclaimed bistrot de gens de mer (seafarers' bistro) dishing up sensational Marennes d'Oléron oysters, winkles and whelks, shrimps, crabs and extravagant seafood platt…
Top Choice Seafood in La Rochelle

André

Opened in the 1950s as a waterfront seafood cafe, André grew so popular it began buying adjacent shops. It is now an eye-catching maze of eight different interconnecting rooms, each with its own individual ambience …
Top Choice Seafood in Île de Ré

Auberge Paysanne de la Mer

Grab a straw hat to keep off the sun, snag a table overlooking oyster beds and indulge in a plate of freshly shucked oysters, an entire crab, shrimps, langoustines or clams, washed down with a glass of chilled white…
Top Choice Seafood in La Rochelle

À la Gerbe de Blé

Lunch local. Between 10am and 1pm buy a dozen oysters from one of the stands in front of the Marché Central, pay and ask for them to be shucked, then head around the corner to this buzzing cafe-bar built into the re…
Deli in Île de Ré

La Tour du Sénéchal

Tucked beneath a tour (tower), hence its name, Ars’ village épicerie (grocery) is a gourmet hot spot for savvy cyclists and knowing locals. Its varied tasting platters – a dozen oysters, cumin-laced vegetable samosa…
Modern French in La Rochelle

Prao

Named after the multi-hull proa (prao in French) sailboat typical to the Pacific and Indian Oceans, this hipster bistro takes great pride in the products it cooks with, all sourced locally from small, often artisan …
Ice Cream in Île de Ré

La Martinière

No trip to St-Martin-de-Ré is complete without an ice-cream cone from this glacier extraordinaire. There are between 250 and 300 incredible flavours to choose from, including madras, caviar and oyster, salted carame…
Seafood in Île de Ré

Ré Ostréa

For an authentic taste of island life, spurn St-Martin's portside restaurants and pick up the cycling path to Ars-en-Ré – on foot or by bike. Within seconds of hitting the coast, the path arrives at Didier Fournier'…
Cafe in La Rochelle

Prao Café

Across the street from the old-fashioned carousel that spins on the water edge is this hipster cafe. Seating is a mix of sage-green Fermob (pavement terrace) and second-hand vintage (retro interior), and everything …
Seafood in La Rochelle

Le Comptoir Saoufé

This shabby-chic oyster bar has been around for ions but remains the stand-out address to dine with locals on eatery-busy rue du Port. Two themed menus reflect the taste of the mer (sea) or terroir (land), and there…