Best restaurants in Tours

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    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 your grandmother would have). Each dish – saltwater fish, duck breast, steak, rice pudding with caramel sauce – is prepared with exemplary finesse using market-fresh ingredients from the nearby Halles. Excellent value.

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    La Maison des Halles

    Relaxed but refined, this French restaurant garners consistently excellent reviews for its steak and its Touraine specialities, including beuchelle à la tourangelle (calf sweetbreads and kidneys combined with cream and mushrooms). The flagship dish is the 'All Black' burger gastronomique, made with ground Black Angus, black mayonnaise flavoured with truffles, black ketchup made with Noire de Crimée tomatoes and foie gras.

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    L’Atelier Gourmand

    Using Touraine-grown products and spices that chef David Bironneau brings back in his suitcase from faraway lands, this restaurant serves French cuisine that's as contemporary as its violet-and-aubergine colour scheme. Specialities include côte de veau (veal chops) and escargots de la Touraine (snails); some dishes feature intriguing blends of sweet and savoury.

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    L'Emballie

    Fresh, seasonal products are judiciously combined here to produce superb French dishes, a few of them inspired by the culinary traditions of southern France and Asia. The house speciality is sandre (pikeperch) with a slice of St-Maure de Touraine (a local goat cheese) and Nantes-style butter sauce on top and mashed potatoes underneath. Has a vegetarian menu (€28).

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    Le Timbre Poste

    Acclaimed by locals as one of Tours' best purveyors of savoury buckwheat galettes, sweet crêpes, and cidre (apple cider; €3.50/8 per glass/pitcher) from Normandy and Brittany, this restaurant also serves creative salads, including one in which chèvre (goat cheese) meets honey. The intimate dining room is decorated with old French postage stamps and postcards.

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    Barju

    The French cuisine here, served in bright, contemporary rooms, is infused with inspiration asiatique (inspiration from Asia). Chef Julien Perrodin's focus is on fish, and seafood brought in fresh from Cancale and St-Malo in Brittany, including blue lobster, encornet (squid), abalone, and lisettes (small mackerels) with rice vinegar.

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    Halles de Tours

    This is Tours' 'gastronomic heart'. Market stalls – 38 of them – sell everything you could want for a picnic, including fine cheese, wine and prepared dishes.

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    Tartines & Co

    This snazzy little cafe serves tartines (toasted open-face sandwiches) made with scrumptious pain Poilâne (artisanal bread), amid classic rock and friendly chatter. Toppings include smoked duck breast, Basque-style tomato and red-pepper compote, smoked salmon, and foie gras with artichokes. Also has meal-size salads and buckwheat crêpes.