Top Choice Bistro in Nîmes

Le Cerf à Moustache

The Deer with the Moustache has established itself as one of Nîmes’ best bistros, with quirky decor (including reclaimed furniture and a wall of sketch-covered old books), matched by chef Julien Salem’s creative tak…
Gastronomy in Nîmes

Carré d’Art

Open since 1989, this heavy hitter is still one of Nîmes’ top fine-dining addresses. The setting is elegant, in an abstract-art-adorned 19th-century town house with a gorgeous shaded courtyard, and the seasonal dish…
Traditional French in Nîmes

Aux Plaisirs des Halles

Market-fresh dining is the order of the day here (red-mullet salad, beef with Jerusalem artichoke purée and grapefruit and red-pepper jus), served with an excellent choice of Languedoc wines. The mains (€20 to €33) …
Boulangerie in Nîmes

Maison Villaret

This family boulangerie (bakery) makes 25 kinds of bread, cakes and other sweet treats such as caladons (honey and almond-studded biscuits).
Deli in Nîmes

L’Oustaù Nadal

Just off place aux Herbes, this deli stocks products from small, regional French producers such as tapenade, Cévennes honey, local Picholines olives, jams (including blueberry), nougat, chocolates and olive oil (inc…
Market in Nîmes

Les Halles

With over 100 stalls in 3500 sq metres, Nîmes’ covered market is the best place for supplies. Look out for local specialities including picholines (a local green olive with its own AOC) and brandade (salt cod).
Modern French in Nîmes


Tucked away in the corner of place d’Assas, this fine-dining bistro has an open-plan kitchen and a sheltered interior courtyard. There’s a good choice of seafood and meats, from grilled red mullet with saffron sauce…
Cafe in Nîmes

La Petite Fadette

Tartines (open-face toasted sandwiches) such as smoked salmon or cured ham and goat’s cheese, as well as huge salads, are specialities of this cosy cafe, which has a cute rococo interior lined with vintage photos, a…
Bistro in Nîmes

Le Nocturne

Late-opening Le Nocturne is a fine place to dine on rich southwest flavours. Duck dominates the menu, whether duck breast with a choice of four sauces (raspberry, apple, cep or morel), classic confit de canard (duck…
Sicilian in Nîmes


Sicilian brothers Fabio and Salvo Mercadante serve the classic flavours of their homeland at their little gem of a restaurant: aubergine filled with pine nuts and raisins, lemon-stuffed sardines with olive oil, skew…