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 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…
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 …
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 secondhand vintage (retro interior), and everything o…
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…
French in La Rochelle

Le Boute en Train

Quality French fare – including excellent fish – is the point fort of this always-packed bistro, walls plastered in an endearing decorative mix of children’s drawings, amateur paintings of boats and chalkboards noti…
Market in La Rochelle

Marché Central

Every morning La Rochelle's 19th-century covered market bustles with stallholders selling fresh fruit and vegetables, fish splayed on beds of ice, meat and every size of oyster waiting to be shucked. On Wednesday an…
French in La Rochelle

Le Soleil Brille pour Tout Le Monde

There's a distinctly bohemian air to The Sun Shines for Everyone, an organic restaurant cooking up savoury tarts packed with seasonal produce from the nearby market, vegetarian platters and a fine choice of galettes…
Bistro in La Rochelle

La Fleur de Sel

A favourite Sunday-lunch address with discerning locals, Delphine and Bruno's whitewashed bistro on two floors has a signature mini wooden trough of rock salt on each table. Cuisine is modern French with dishes such…