The birthplace of the Michelin star, and home to a wealth of delicious fresh produce and world-class wine production, France is the ideal holiday destination for foodies. Why not make the most of its culinary delights by booking one of our villas in the south of France – the gastro-scene is ever-changing here, though the following five hotspots can always be relied upon for superb food.

5 Michelin Star Restaurants:

1. Le Louis XV at the Hôtel de Paris, Monaco 

The French sovereign state of Monaco is famed for its glamorous Grand Prix and is one of the best places to experience fine dining. Le Louis XV is run by renowned culinary master Alain Ducasse. Expect beautifully presented dishes and ingredients such as Alba white truffle, served in opulent neo-Baroque surroundings.

Price Range: Starting from €230 per person

Location: Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, Place du Casino, MC 98000 Monaco

Bookings: Call (377) 98 06 88 64 or email lelouisxv@alain-ducasse.com

Le Louis XV Restaurant - Monaco

Le Louis XV Restaurant – Monaco

2. Auberge du Vieux Puit, Fontjoncouse

A twice Michelin-starred restaurant a little off the beaten path, this gem can be found nestled in a tiny village in the Corbières Hills. Renowned head chef Gilles Goujon promises creative and inventive dishes: try one of several set menu options to sample the full gamut of Auberge du Vieux Puit.

Price Range:  Set tasting menu starting from €98 per person

Location: 5, Avenue St Victor, 11360 Fontjoncouse

Bookings: Call +33 (0)4 68 44 07 37 or email reception@aubergeduvieuxpuits.fr

Auberge du Vieux Puits - France

Auberge du Vieux Puits – France

3. Mirazur Restaurant, Menton

Often described as one of the best restaurants on the French Riviera (it’s certainly got some of the best views of any eatery in the area, which stretch down over the bay) Mirazur’s two Michelin stars have been earned thanks to Argentinian chef Mauro Colagreco’s chic take on contemporary Italian cuisine.

Price Range:  Discovery Menu from €70 per person

Location: 30 Avenue Aristide Briand, 06500 Menton

Bookings: Call +33 4 92 41 86 86 or email reservation@mirazur.fr

Mirazur Restaurant

Mirazur Restaurant

4. L’Atelier de Jean Luc Rabanel, Arles

Fresh, vibrant flavours are all the rage at this top Arles restaurant. There’s no a la a carte menu either – try the tapas style prix fixe menu for a gastronomic odyssey that won’t be soon forgotten by your taste buds (or, if we’re honest, your wallet).

Price Range: Menu Discovery starts from €65 per person, no wine included

Location: 7 Rue des Carmes, 13200 Arles

Bookings: Call +33 4 90 91 07 69 or email contact@rabanel.com

Taureau fumée et légumes croquants

Taureau fumée et légumes croquants

5. Bastide de Moustiers, Moustiers Sainte Marie

Another of Alain Ducasse’s success stories, Bastide de Moustiers is a hotel hideaway whose restaurant commands a greater reputation than its rooms! Make sure you book in advance, and don’t worry too much about planning what you want to eat in advance – the menu is dictated by what’s fresh and seasonal, and changes all the time.

Price Range: Menu of la Bastide for €79 per person

Location: Chemin de Quinson, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, 04360

Bookings: Call +33 (0)4 92 70 47 47 or just complete their booking form here.

Restaurant La Bastide de Moustiers

Restaurant La Bastide de Moustiers

 

5 Best Value Restaurants, South of France

1. Ô Zen Le Passage, Aix-en-Provence

A large international student population gives Aix-en-Provence a cosmopolitan feel, and at Le Passage you can sample delicious fare from around the world. The restaurant has three different kitchens – one traditionally French, one World/Fusion and one Thai – meaning everyone’s tastes are catered for.

Price Range: €21- €40

Location: 10 Rue Villars, 13100 Aix-en-Provence

Bookings: Call +33 4 42 37 09 00 or email contact@le-passage.fr

Ô Zen Le Passage - Aix-en-Provence

Ô Zen Le Passage – Aix-en-Provence

2. L’ Envers du Décor Saint-Emilion

L’Envers du Décor is known principally as a wine bar, and a visit here wouldn’t be complete without sampling something from the extensive cellars. Indeed, the menu is designed as much around wine pairings as it is around simple but expertly-prepared dishes.

Price Range: 15-30€

Location: 11 Rue du Clocher, 33330 Saint-Émilion, France

Bookings: Call +33 5 57 74 48 31 or email enversdudecor@orange.fr

L' Envers du Décor - Saint Emilion

L’ Envers du Décor – Saint Emilion

3. Restaurant Myou, Uzes

Like seafood? Restaurant Myou is the place for you! If fish isn’t your thing you may find your choice slightly limited, but the wide choice of elegant marine treats is enough to tempt even the most fishy-phobic diner. Highly recommended is their lobster salad starter, and there’s a great range of desserts to round off your meal!

Price Range: Menu available from €22, not including drinks

Location: 1 Plan Saint-Etienne, Uzes, 30700

Bookings: Call +334 66 72 23 32 or email contact@restaurantmyou.com

MYOU Restaurant & Poissons

MYOU Restaurant & Poissons

4. L’Entrée Jardin, Cadillac

Concentrating on classic French dishes done exquisitely well over more experimental cooking techniques, the (surprisingly reasonable) menu at L’Entrée Jardin is a great way to discover why French cookery enjoys its worldwide reputation for quality.

Price Range: Menu starting from €26

Location: 27 Avenue du Pont, Cadillac, 33410 

Bookings: Call +33 5 56 76 96 96

L'Entrée Jardin - Cadillac

L’Entrée Jardin – Cadillac

5. La Terrasse Rouge, Saint-Émilion

The “Red Terrace” (nor prizes for guessing how it got that name) is situated amongst the vineyards of Saint-Émilion, arguably the world’s most famous wine town. It goes without saying that you’ll get some spectacular wine here, but the food’s just as good – try the Foie Gras with grape juice for the perfect taste of the countryside!

Price Range: 15-30€

Location: 1 La Dominique, 33330 Saint-Émilion

Bookings: Call +33 5 57 24 47 05 or email contact@laterrasserouge.com

La Terrasse Rouge - Saint-Émilion

La Terrasse Rouge – Saint-Émilion

And if your mouth is left watering and you decided that a truly gastronomic experience it’s mandatory for your next getaway, why not pair the food and wine with a luxurious stay in one of our villas, chateaux in the South of France.

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