An hour away from Cannes, Saint-Paul-de-Vence is one of the oldest Medieval villages on the French Riviera. This charming “village perché” (perched village) has attracted artists, writers and celebrities since the 1920’s. Shopping and strolling through the town you can appreciate the narrow cobblestoned streets, medieval architecture and the many galleries and shops that make this jewel of a town a popular spot. However long you plan to stay in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, make sure you save time to enjoy a meal at one of the following restaurants.
La Colombe d’Or
La Colombe d’Or was established in 1920. Since it began, the restaurant has attracted the attention of artists, actors, writers and musicians such as Jacques Prévert, Yves Montand, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, and Alexander Calder among many others. The restaurant is full of art created by artists in exchange for a room or a meal, so you get the benefit of a delicious meal, lovely views from the terrace and artwork created by some of the most famous 20th and 21st century artists.
Le Tilleul is another charming restaurant located in the heart of St. Paul. It boasts a beautiful terrace overlooking the hills surrounding Saint Paul de Vence. The menu offers traditional Mediterranean cuisine with a contemporary twist. For a welcome afternoon treat, stop by between three and six for a special “tea room” menu.
Les Remparts focuses on fresh, seasonal dishes served in an intimate setting with extraordinary views. Visit here for creative cocktails, shared plates, and the stunning sunset views.
Alain Llorca is the chef of this Michelin-starred restaurant of the same name. Located outside of the town, Alain Llorca offers stunning views overlooking Saint Paul de Vence. The chef creates contemporary Mediterranean inspired dishes beautifully plated with an emphasis on seafood, though nothing delicious escapes his culinary expertise.
For a casual lunch experience, try the family run Café Timothéwhich is located in the center of the village. An eco-friendly restaurant, they serve vegetarian and vegan dishes. With a charming, natural decor guests have the option of eating in the village house or in the alley.
Wherever you choose to dine, your meal will be infused with the charm and beauty of this ancient town. Before or after the meal, visitors can enjoy wandering through the medieval streets, stopping at the various shops and art galleries, visiting the Fondation Maeght and the Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs, and searching for Chagall’s grave in the Saint Paul de Vence cemetery.
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