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Top Choice French in St-Gilles-les-Bains

Le Saint-Michel

Part of the eponymous hotel, this is the gourmet choice in St-Gilles. With its enticing dining deck by the pool, charming welcome and delicious cuisine, Le Saint-Michel won't disappoint. The menu is a great combinat…
Top Choice Bistro in St-Gilles-les-Bains

Bistrot Case Créole

On the main drag, the BCC is known for its consistently delicious and well-priced cuisine, which has a modern edge but is firmly based in the classic Réunionnais and French tradition. On weekdays it lays on an excel…
Beach in St-Gilles-les-Bains

Plage des Roches Noires

Plage des Roches Noires, in the heart of town, is crowded and neatly striped with sunbeds and parasols, but, beneath all this, it remains an attractive stretch of beach excellent for families, with shallow waters an…
Museum in St-Gilles-les-Bains

Musée de Villèle

This museum is set in the former home of the wealthy and very powerful Madame Panon-Desbassayns, a coffee and sugar baroness who, among other things, owned 300 slaves. The house, which is only accessible on a guided…
Ice Cream in St-Gilles-les-Bains

Le Natur'Elle

Dither too long over the 20-plus flavours of ice cream and sorbet at this great glacier (ice-cream shop) and you'll never make it to the front of the queue. Eschew predictable favourites and indulge in a new taste s…
French in St-Gilles-les-Bains

Chez Marie

With its tiny terrace overlooking the harbour and simple yet well-prepared cuisine, this sweet lil' den is ideal for a quick and affordable sit-down lunch. The trademark here is freshness and great value for money. …
Creole in St-Gilles-les-Bains

Le Joyau des Roches

A thong's throw from the beach, this venue has a tantalising menu showcasing the classics of Creole cuisine, served in snug surrounds complete with elegant furnishings and tropical plants. A few savoury house specia…
Fast Food in St-Gilles-les-Bains

Chez Loulou

The most iconic Creole case (house) for kilometres around, with a distinctive turquoise facade on the main drag. It's famous for its belt-bustingly good samosas, macatias, cakes, croissants, banana cakes and tarts. …
Fast Food in St-Gilles-les-Bains

La Frite Une Fois

Opened in 2016, this Belgian-run den tucked in a side street close to the beach is famous for its delicious homemade frites (French fries). It also serves burgers and mitraillettes (sandwiches). And since you’re jus…
Bakery in St-Gilles-les-Bains

La Case à Pains

If you’re toying with the idea of doing a beach picnic à la gourmet, it’s worth stopping in here for some salads, pastries and well-prepared sandwiches. The signature offering is the pain frotté à la vanille (a vari…