France: Best Restaurants with a View

    Like to have your cake and a view too? Fifteen remarkable restaurants in France let you have your gâteau 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

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    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 à 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

    Le Mirazur
    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 Château de la Chèvre d’Or
    rue du Barri, Èze

    Èze, a Côte d’Azur gem, has a two Michelin star wonder in Le Château de la Chèvre d’Or.

    Èze – 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 360°
    1, bd Jean-Hibert F, Cannes

    Le 360° proffers the best views of the Riviera from film festival land Cannes.

    Where to stay: Hotel Majestic Cannes Barriere

    Les Terrasses de Lyon
    25, montée St-Barthélémy, 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

    Chez Ruffet
    3, av. Ch. Touzet F, Jurançon

    Juran̤on vineyard РPhoto 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: Château de la Pioline Hotel Aix-en-Provence

    La Grande Ourse
    Mont Chéry, Les Gets

    Few alpine tables trump the views from this choice Mont Chéry, Chablais Alps spot.

    Where to stay: Park & Suites Confort Thonon-les-Bains

    Restaurant du Décollé
    1, Pointe du Décollé, St-Lunaire

    Scenic beauty is not the sole realm of the south of France, as the Restaurant du Décollé in Brittany memorably proves.

    Where to stay: Grand Hotel De Courtoisville Saint Malo

    Le Parc at Les Crayères
    64, boulevard Henry-Vasnier, Reims

    Enjoy sophisticated château 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

    La Signoria
    route de la forêt 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

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