Restaurants

Top Choice French in Gigondas

L'Oustalet

For a slap-up spoil, this Michelin-starred wonder owned by the wine-making Perrin family is the place. Using produce from his own kitchen garden, chef Laurent Deconinck creates delicious, refined dishes rooted in th…
Top Choice French in Vieux Nice

Bar des Oiseaux

Hidden down a narrow backstreet, this old-town classic has been in business since 1961, serving as a popular nightclub before reincarnating itself as a restaurant (some of its original saucy murals have survived the…
Top Choice French in Les Arcs-sur-Argens

Logis du Guetteur

This serious restaurant perches at the summit of Les Arcs in a 12th-century château. In winter, dine in the renovated cave beneath paintings of white peacocks and cornucopia, while in summer sit on the terrace, with…
Top Choice Modern French in Ventabren

La Table de Ventabren

Many restaurants with stunning views rest on their laurels in the kitchen: not so La Table de Ventabren. This Michelin-starred restaurant – with a canvas-canopied terrace that's nothing short of magical on summer ev…
Top Choice Modern French in Marseille

L’Arôme

Reserve ahead to snag a table at this fabulous little restaurant just off cours Julien. From the service – relaxed, competent, friendly without over-familiarity – to the street art on the walls and the memorable foo…
Top Choice French in Avignon

Restaurant L'Essentiel

In the top tier of Avignon's restaurants for many a year, this elegant restaurant remains (as its name suggests) as essential as ever. First there's the setting: a lovely, honey-stoned hôtel particulier (mansion) wi…
Top Choice Modern French in Mougins

L’Amandier

Young chef Denis Fétisson has brought Roger Vergé’s baby back to its former glory. Set in an old mill, it’s considered casual in these parts, but comes with chandeliers and breathtaking views. Various fixed-price me…
Top Choice Modern French in La Turbie

Café de la Fontaine

Those not in the know wouldn’t give this inconspicuous village bistro a second glance. What they don’t know is that it is Michelin-starred chef Bruno Cirino’s baby – somewhere for him to go back to his culinary root…
Top Choice Modern French in Gorbio

Le Beauséjour

The stuff of Provençal lunch dreams, 'Beautiful Stay' serves delicious local fare in a buttermilk house with front terrace overlooking Gorbio's village square. The interior dining room, straight out of a design maga…
Top Choice French in Avignon

Christian Etienne

If it's the full-blown, fine-dining French experience you're after, then Monsieur Etienne's much-vaunted (and Michelin-starred) restaurant is the place to go. It's the real deal: truffles and foie gras galore, and t…