Restaurants

Top Choice Modern French in Nantes

Pickles

This buzzing neobistro would be right at home in Paris. Market-sourced, modern and wholly creative cuisine by English chef Dominic Quirke (a Newcastle lad wed to a French lass) is sensational – and extraordinarily g…
Top Choice South American in Nantes

Nazca

Bruno Triballeau, chef at the French embassy in Bogota for 10 years, and his Colombian wife make a formidable duo at this stylish cevicheria. In their bright, two-room restaurant they serve Peruvian-inspired ceviche…
Sandwiches in Nantes

La Chicorée

With a summertime pavement terrace basking in the sun and an enchanting interior bursting with antique curiosities, this gourmet sandwich shop is a secret locals would probably rather not share. It is the later-in-l…
Brasserie in Nantes

La Cigale

No visit to Nantes is complete without breakfast, brunch, lunch or afternoon tea at the city's legendary brasserie, a sensational feast of ceramic tile mosaics, gilt-framed mirrors and frescoed ceilings in a series …
Cafe in Nantes

Café du Musée

The cafe-restaurant inside Nantes' Musée d'Arts cooks up a seasonal Nantaise menu signed off by Michelin-starred chef Eric Guérin. Tasty sardine, cheese and charcuterie platters are served between meals, and dinner …
Cafe in Nantes

Sugar Blue

Everything is fait maison (homemade) at this fashionable millennial cafe with bold turquoise-painted brick wall, excellent specialist-roasted coffee and menu chalked on the board. Its gluten-free cakes, chestnut coo…
Bistro in Nantes

Les Chants d’Avril

Follow locals to the iconic bistro of 'chef magicien' Christophe François, who runs this hugely successful locavore address with his wife Véronique. Everything bar the bread is fait maison (homemade) and there is an…
Crêpes in Nantes

Crêperie de Brocéliande

There is no denying the city's Breton roots with crêpes and galettes de blé noir (savoury crêpes made with organic buckwheat flour) like this. Both come generously brushed in Breton butter – unsalted for sweet, salt…
French in Nantes

L’Atelier d’Alain

Nantais chef Alain Ruffault practically grew up in his parent's boucherie (butcher's shop), today a smart gastronomic bistro with soft-hued colour palette and a strictly seasonal menu that celebrates local products.…
Wine Bar in Nantes

Numéro 23

Crisp white walls frame this minimalist bistrot à vin, very much a drinking-dining hybrid with its extensive selection of wines by the glass (€3.50–10) and enticing menu embracing both tapas-style platters (veal tar…