Restaurants

Top Choice Market in Amboise

Food Market

Voted France's marché préféré (favourite market) in 2015, this riverfront extravaganza, 400m southwest of the château, draws 200 to 300 stalls selling both edibles and durables. Worth timing your visit around.
Top Choice French in Tours

Le Zinc

This intimate restaurant, with just a dozen tables, garners rave reviews for its outstanding traditional French cuisine, prepared à l'ancienne (in the old style, like grandmother would have). Each dish – saltwater f…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Saumur

Le Gambetta

This is one to write home about: a truly outstanding restaurant combining refined elegance and knock-your-socks-off creative French cuisine. Some menus include wine pairings perfectly chosen to complement the parade…
Top Choice French in Chinon

Les Années 30

Expect the kind of meal you came to France to eat, with exquisite attention to flavours and detail, served in relaxed intimacy. The menu ranges from traditional duck fillet to unusual choices such as pan-fried venis…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Orléans

Le Lièvre Gourmand

You’ll get a perfect amuse-bouche with your aperitif as you decide on a set of French, Asian and fusion courses, each a creative duo of hot and cold. Think delicate foams and infusions in unexpected combinations usi…
Modern French in Saumur

Le Pot de Lapin

Jazz wafts from the cheery dining room, decorated with tools of the winemaker's art, through the wine bar and onto the street-side terrace as Chef Olivier works the tables, proposing perfect wine pairings. Start wit…
French in Amboise

La Fourchette

Hidden away in a back alley off rue Nationale, this is Amboise’s favourite address for family-style French cooking – chef Christine will make you feel as though you’ve been invited to her house for lunch. The menu h…
French in Saumur

L’Escargot

A Saumur fixture for more than half a century, this place is all about traditional recipes done really well, such as escargots with ‘three butters’ (flavoured with herbs, walnuts and Roquefort) or carré d'agneau rôt…
Gastronomy in Blois

L’Orangerie du Château

This Michelin-starred restaurant serves cuisine gastronomique inventive inspired by both French tradition and culinary ideas from faraway lands. The wine list comes on a tablet computer. For dessert try the speciali…
Modern French in Amboise

Le Patio

The friendly staff serves creative, beautifully presented French cuisine (eg slow-cooked shank of lamb) that garners rave reviews. Has a superb wine list.