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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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