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Top Choice Food & Drinks in Bastia

LN Mattei

Run by Bastia’s famous distillery, this iconic boutique has the look and feel of a grocer from the 1900s. The enticing array of bottles naturally includes Mattei’s signature aperitif, Cap Corse, while gourmets can a…
Top Choice Grill in Nonza

La Sassa

In a magnificent setting, on a rocky spur immediately below Nonza’s Genoese watchtower, this entirely outdoor restaurant serves up succulent meat and seafood cooked on an open Argentinian-style grill. Colourfully sp…
Top Choice Old Town in Bastia

Terra Nova

Looming above the harbour, Bastia’s stern-walled citadel was built between the 15th and 17th centuries for the city’s Genoese masters. Known as the Terra Nova, despite looking much older than the lower town, it’s la…
Top Choice Old Town in Bastia

Terra Vecchia

Criss-crossed by narrow lanes, Terra Vecchia is Bastia’s heart and soul. Shady place de l’Hôtel de Ville hosts a lively morning market on Saturday and Sunday. One block west, baroque Chapelle de l’Immaculée Concepti…
Top Choice Harbour in Bastia

Vieux Port

Bastia’s Vieux Port is ringed by precariously tall, pastel-coloured tenements and buzzy brasseries, and overlooked by the twin-towered Église St-Jean Baptiste. The best views of the harbour are from the citadel or t…
Top Choice Seafood in St-Florent

Auberge de Pecheur

Entering this irresistible seafood restaurant via the owners’ fish shop, St-Cristophe – also the name of their boat – you get a chance to inspect the day’s fresh catch before you settle into the lovely courtyard din…
Top Choice Ice Cream in Bastia

Raugi

A Bastia institution, still going strong after more than 80 years, this glorious ice-cream parlour tempts with Corsican flavours including chestnut, mandarin, fig, aromatic senteur de maquis (the herbal scent of the…
Seafood in Bastia

Petit Vincent

The fishier, fine-dining little brother of Chez Vincent stands lower down the citadel slope, with tables on a lovely garden terrace overlooking the port as well as a very cosy indoor dining room. The changing menu c…
Seafood in Bastia

Col Tempo

The scrumptious market-fresh cuisine served here, beside Bastia's Vieux Port, has rightly earned kudos from locals. Watch the boats bobbing in the harbour as you tuck into specialities like rillettes de crabe au cit…
Museum in Bastia

Musée de Bastia

Occupying the former palace of Bastia’s Genoese governors, set into the formidable walls of the citadel, this museum retraces the city’s history from its early days as a Roman trading port. Expect plenty of busts an…