Restaurants

Top Choice French in St-Émilion

La Terrasse Rouge

Knowing foodies adore this spectacular vineyard restaurant, borne out of Jean Nouvel's designer revamp of Château La Dominique's wine cellars. Chefs work exclusively with small local producers to source the seasonal…
Top Choice Bistro in Ajaccio

L’Altru Versu

A phoenix rising from the ashes, this perennial favourite reopened in 2015 on Ajaccio's western waterfront after suffering two devastating winter storms and a fire. Magnificent sea views complement the exquisite gas…
Top Choice Seafood in Pyla-sur-Mer

La Co(o)rniche

There's no more glamorous address on the Atlantic coast than this 1930s hunting lodge, reinvented by French designer Philippe Starck. Perfectly placed for a meal or tapas-fuelled drink after a sandy walk on Dune du …
Top Choice Ice Cream in The Islands

Berthillon

Founded here in 1954, this esteemed glacier (ice-cream maker) is still run by the same family today. Its 70-plus all-natural, chemical-free flavours include fruit sorbets (pink grapefruit, raspberry and rose) and ri…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Bastille & Eastern Paris

Septime

The alchemists in Bertrand Grébaut's Michelin-starred kitchen produce truly beautiful creations, served by blue-aproned waitstaff. The menu reads like an obscure shopping list: each dish is a mere listing of three i…
Top Choice Pastries in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

Ladurée Picnic

The first of its kind, Ladurée Picnic specialises in just that – picnics, albeit exceedingly fine, gourmet picnics to take away in the famous patisserie's signature peppermint-green packaging. Luxury salads include …
Top Choice Brasserie in St-Germain & Les Invalides

Bouillon Racine

Inconspicuously situated in a quiet street, this heritage-listed art nouveau ‘soup kitchen’, with mirrored walls, floral motifs and ceramic tiling, was built in 1906 to feed market workers. Despite the magnificent i…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Alès

L'Esprit des Mets

Industrial Alès – and especially its business park 3km south of the centre across the river – is the last place you'd expect to find a fine-dining diamond, but foodies flock here, so book ahead. In his open kitchen,…
Corsican in Ajaccio

Le 20123

This fabulous, one-of-a-kind eatery started life in the village of Pila Canale (postcode 20123, get it?), and when the owner upped sticks to Ajaccio, he decided to take the old village with him – water pump, washing…
Top Choice French in The Medoc

Café Lavinal

With twin Michelin-starred chef Jean-Luc Rocha from Château Cordeillan-Bages overseeing the menu and 120 wines on the carte de vin, a brilliant dining experience is guaranteed at this outstanding village bistro near…