France: Best Restaurants with a View
Like to have your cake and a view too? Fifteen remarkable restaurants in France let you have your gÃ¢teau and eat it too. From Paris to the Riviera, the Alps to the Pyrenees, check out some of the best restaurants with a view in France.
Le Ciel de Paris
66, Place du 18 Juin 1940, Paris
View from Montparnasse, Paris – Photo credit
Dine on escargots and lobster salad as you tower over Paris from the top of Montparnasse.
Where to stay: Victoria Palace Hotel Paris
La Tour d’Argent
15, Quai Tournelle, Paris
The inspiration for Ratatouille has been a mainstay on the Parisian culinary scene since 1582. Have the world famous duck (caneton Ã la presse) and forget the recent Michelin downgrade from three to one star.
Where to stay: Grand Hotel Amelot Paris
Restaurant de Bacon
688, Boulevard Bacon, Antibes Juan les Pins
The classic Riviera resort of Antibes has fine vistas galore but few top the panorama from Restaurant de Bacon. Come for the Juan les Pins jazz festival in July and book a table well in advance.
Where to stay: Belles Rives Hotel Cap d’Antibes Juan Les Pins
30, avenue Aristide Briand, Menton
Chef Mauro Colagreco has won countless accolades from the likes of Michelin, Gault Millau and Restaurant Magazine for his Menton magic at Le Mirazur. Why not? The Argentina native is a former apprentice of Bernard Loiseau, Alain Passard and Alain Ducasse – a trio of culinary titans.
Where to stay: Royal Westminster Hotel Menton
Le ChÃ¢teau de la ChÃ¨vre d’Or
rue du Barri, Ãˆze
Ãˆze, a CÃ´te d’Azur gem, has a two Michelin star wonder in Le ChÃ¢teau de la ChÃ¨vre d’Or.
Ãˆze – Photo credit
Where to stay: Eza Vista Hotel Eze
Le Saint-Martin Restaurant
avenue des Templiers, Vence
Another Alpes-Maritimes department table, another two Michelin stars. Le Saint-Martin is under the capable command of Chef Yannick Franques and serves elegant, ingredient-driven cuisine in front of a spectacular Mediterranean backdrop.
Where to stay: Best Western Floreal Vence Hotel
La Bastide Saint Antoine, Jacques Chibois
48, avenue Henri-Dunant, Grasse
Olive groves and the Bay of Cannes envelop the lucky few who can snag a table at La Bastide Saint Antoine, run by Chef Jacques Chibois.
Where to stay: Chateau Hotel la Vignette Haute Auribeau-sur-Siagne
Restaurant Le 360Â°
1, bd Jean-Hibert F, Cannes
Le 360Â° proffers the best views of the Riviera from film festival land Cannes.
Where to stay: Hotel Majestic Cannes Barriere
Les Terrasses de Lyon
25, montÃ©e St-BarthÃ©lÃ©my, Lyon
A UNESCO World Heritage city like Lyon has inordinate charm but it takes a jewel like Les Terrasses to appreciate it in one fell swoop.
Where to stay: Sofitel Lyon Hotel Bellecour
3, av. Ch. Touzet F, JuranÃ§on
JuranÃ§on vineyard – Photo credit
Progressive terroir cuisine and extraordinary views of the distant Pyrenees reward diners at Chez Ruffet.
Where to stay: Novotel Pau Lescar
La Bastide de Capelongue
route de Lourmarin F, Bonnieux
Exquisite ambiance in the heart of Luberon hill country.
Where to stay: ChÃ¢teau de la Pioline Hotel Aix-en-Provence
La Grande Ourse
Mont ChÃ©ry, Les Gets
Few alpine tables trump the views from this choice Mont ChÃ©ry, Chablais Alps spot.
Where to stay: Park & Suites Confort Thonon-les-Bains
Restaurant du DÃ©collÃ©
1, Pointe du DÃ©collÃ©, St-Lunaire
Scenic beauty is not the sole realm of the south of France, as the Restaurant du DÃ©collÃ© in Brittany memorably proves.
Where to stay: Grand Hotel De Courtoisville Saint Malo
Le Parc at Les CrayÃ¨res
64, boulevard Henry-Vasnier, Reims
Enjoy sophisticated chÃ¢teau cuisine in the heart of bulles country. For a different kind of view, ask the sommelier for a tour of the Champagne cellar.
Where to stay: Des Templiers Grand Hotel Reims
route de la forÃªt de Bonifato, Calvi, Corsica
Calvi, Corsica – Photo credit
One of the most dreamy and desirable holiday targets in Europe, let alone the Mediterranean, Calvi has enough brilliant scenery to induce a severe case of whiplash. La Signoria is about as good as it gets on the island of Corsica in the cuisine and view department.
Where to stay: La Villa Hotel Calvi