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Top Choice Mediterranean in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Les Garçons

Gourmets in the know flock to this stylish address, buried in Villefranche's rabbit warren of ancient old-town back streets. In summer tables sprawl elegantly across a bijou stone square, romantically lit by twinkli…
Historic Building in Beaulieu-sur-Mer & St-Jean-Cap Ferrat

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

An over-the-top, belle-époque confection, this villa was commissioned by Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild in 1912. She was an avid art collector and the villa is filled with Fragonard paintings, Louis XVI fu…
Historic Building in Beaulieu-sur-Mer & St-Jean-Cap Ferrat

Villa Santo Sospir

This villa belongs to the Weisweiller family, patrons of Jean Cocteau. In 1950 Cocteau asked Francine Weisweiller (1916–2003) if he could paint the living room; soon the entire villa was covered in frescoes. Admire …
Historic Building in Beaulieu-sur-Mer & St-Jean-Cap Ferrat

Villa Grecque Kérylos

This magnificent villa is a reproduction of a 1st-century Athenian villa, complete with baths, stunning mosaic floors and furniture such as dining recliners. It was designed by scholar-archaeologist Théodore Reinach…
Seafood in Beaulieu-sur-Mer & St-Jean-Cap Ferrat

Le Sloop

With its elegant red-and-blue nautical decor and portside terrace within grasp of the bobbing yachts, Le Sloop is a cut above the rest on this popular restaurant strip. Its seafood and shellfish are uberfresh and go…
Fortress in Villefranche-sur-Mer

La Citadelle

Villefranche's imposing citadel, also called Fort St-Elme and worth a visit for its impressive architecture, was built by the duke of Savoy between 1554 and 1559 to defend the gulf. Its walls today shelter the town …
Church in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Chapelle St-Pierre

Villefranche was a favourite of Jean Cocteau (1889–1963), who sought solace here in 1924 after the death of his companion Raymond Radiguet. Several years later, Cocteau convinced locals to let him paint the neglecte…
Brasserie in Villefranche-sur-Mer

La Grignotière

For a cheap and cheerful, buxom fill, there is no finer address along the coast than La Grignotière, known far and wide for its generous portions of grilled fish and veg, lasagne, pizza and other crowd pleasers. De…
Cafe in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Dolce Vita

Among the generous line-up of restaurant terraces along the seafront, the Sweet Life is a favourite for its hip, shabby-chic lounge bar vibe and international bistro cuisine. Pick from comfy sofa seating by the bar …
Seafood in Villefranche-sur-Mer

La Mère Germaine

In business since 1938, La Mère Germaine is an upmarket address for seafood, fish and more seafood, washed down with a splendid choice of wine.