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French in La Dombes

Le Thou

Occupying a lovingly restored inn, Le Thou is headed up by chef Stéphane Konig, who is known for his creative (and sometimes surprising) take on regional staples. Where else in the world could you sample a tarte à l…
French in La Dombes

Le Comptoir des Dombes

A great find, in the village of Lapeyrouse, about 5km southwest of Villars-les-Dombes. Le Comptoir des Dombes feels both relaxed and elegant, with efficient service, appealing decor and unpretentious but tried-and-t…
French in La Dombes

Les Platanes

Book ahead for a seat with in-the-know locals in the soft, cream-stone dining room where charming waitstaff serve delicious local cuisine. It's renowned for its grenouilles fraîches en persillade (frogs' legs in but…
Bird Sanctuary in La Dombes

Parc des Oiseaux

Observe local and exotic birds, including dozens of pairs of storks, at the Parc des Oiseaux, a landscaped bird park comprising 24 protected habitats on the edge of Villars-les-Dombes.
French in La Dombes

L'Écu de France

Villars-les-Dombes' top table, L'Écu de France has earned a stellar reputation for its refined, creative local cuisine made with fresh ingredients. When it comes to preparing savoury frogs' legs in butter sauce, chi…
French in La Dombes

La Bicyclette Bleue

This laid-back family affair is in Joyeux, 7.5km southeast of Villars-les-Dombes on the D61. It specialises in La Dombes staples, including frogs' legs and chicken. It also rents bicycles (per hour/day €5/18) to exp…