Best restaurants in Clermont-Ferrand

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    Bistrot de la Butte

    Defying the myth that restaurants on a main square are often tourist traps, this exceptional bistro pulls seasonal produce into dishes that feel unrushed, despite fast, friendly service. Whether melt-in-the-mouth beef bourguignon or roast chicken with spiced risotto, you can't go wrong with their daily specials. Bag a window table upstairs and you'll have a VIP view of Clermont's cathedral.

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    La Table au Plafond

    Chefs here seem to have enormous fun designing tapas-style nibbles like 'cappuccino' (vegetable stew with a ham foam), mini burgers with raclette cheese, and Japanese maki with cabbage and pâté. Sharer plates of cheese and cured meats are beautifully assembled, too. And yes – look up to see a table on the ceiling, after which this free-spirited restaurant is named.

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    Avenue

    Avenue's ever-changing menu focuses on local market produce, lovingly plated with barely a pink peppercorn out of place. Original combinations range from cod on a bed of aubergine and dates to tuna and mango ceviche, with desserts as varied as honeyed Brie de Meaux cheese and passion fruit tart. There's always a well-priced plat du jour (€10) for weekday lunches.

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    Le Sisisi

    Just off cathedral square, this understated little restaurant has Clermont's most coveted tables. Le Sisisi's deft balance of sweet and savoury – spiced honey duck breast, ray fillet with vanilla potatoes – builds on local produce but gives ingredients new energy. Desserts also surprise the taste buds, like the millefeuille with salted caramel and rum-sloshed mojito sundae.

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    Bougnat Burger

    Homemade burgers, spiked with cheeses like St-Nectaire and Bleu d'Auvergne, tower over plates of fries and salad at this simple but satisfying diner. Equally cheesy salads, a few wraps and several local beers (including organic Clermont-made Plan B) round out the menu, and there's a kids' menu, too (€9.90).

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    Le Bistrot des Dames

    Expert takes on French classics like duck à l'orange, smoked Montbéliard sausage and rabbit in mustard rotate on the menu, along with house creations like hake on citrus-basil emulsion and burgers with Cantal and onion confit. The chef prepares one of Clermont's best (read: cheesiest, most garlicky) renditions of truffade, a potato and tome fraîche melt with thick, slow-cured ham.

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    L'Amphitryon Capucine

    Wear your spiffiest suit for this restaurant gastronomique, 800m northwest of the cathedral. Its menus nod to Italian and Asian flavours ( conchiglie pasta stuffed with slow-cooked lamb, coconut panna cotta) but its strength is classic French cuisine, such as ris de veau (lamb heart) and pork with Le Puy lentils.

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    Il Visconti

    This is a sultry venue for a date, with voluptuous velvet chairs, subdued lighting and Italian dishes made from scratch. Twirl your fork in garlicky clam linguini or tuck into seared tuna, but the silky homemade ravioli are the highlight. Tuscan chestnut mousse and cannoli may lead you to expect an Italian piazza when you finally step outside.

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    Marché St-Pierre

    The chunky building might bring to mind a jumble of Lego bricks, but this covered market is packed with fresh local produce and organic vegetables. Best buys include Auvergnat cheeses, the pâte de fruits (fruit jelly) pick 'n' mix, bottles of herbal liqueur, and jams from bilberry to quince (the latter is excellent with cheese).

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    Les Arcandiers

    Globe-shaped lamps and model planes hang from vaulted ceilings, and jazz album covers plaster the walls at this retro bistro. Les Arcandiers doubles as a low-slung lunch spot and an alluring evening hangout for wine and light snacks.

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    Myrtille

    This minimalist cafe facing Clermont-Ferrand's covered market specialises in all things organic, whipping up seasonal soups, roasted veggie dishes and a pleasing array of cakes (some vegan-friendly or gluten-free). Whether you’re nibbling their fresh apple fondant over oolong or rooibos tea, or staying for lunch, it’s a calming space to escape the market bustle.