From Arles to Saint-Tropez, via Marseille and Aix, Provence boasts ultra-inventive Michelin-star restaurants. Seafood, seasonal vegetables, herbes de Provence and global flavours deliciously mix in exceptional dishes that embody Provençal identity.
At La Chassagnette, in Arles, Armand Arnal cooks the day’s harvest from the restaurant garden, and constantly reinvents his menu to adhere to the values of his place: freedom and expression. La Petite Maison de Cucuron welcomes you in an authentic setting, to taste new menus every week that are flavoured with traditional and Provençal accents. In a more sophisticated style, Dan B., in the Pays d’Aix, offers modern and creative gastronomy. Want a neo-classic cuisine in a cosy location? L’Hostellerie Les Gorges de Pennafort, near Draguignan, is made for you. To enjoy southern dishes centred on seafood, beautiful pieces of meat and spices from around the world, head to L’Hostellerie Berard, in La Cadière d’Azur near Bandol.
In a contemporary Provençal setting in Lourmarin, La Bastide de Capelongue serves succulent dishes, accompanied by delicious vegetables brightened by local herbs and spices. One finds this typical, lounge-y spirit at L’Oustau de Baumanière in Les Baux-de-Provence. On the plate, treasures from land and sea combine perfectly with vegetables and citrus fruit. In a chic contemporary setting in Arles, L’Atelier de Jean-Luc Rabanel invites you on a journey through “greenstronomy,” a culinary philosophy focused on fruits and vegetables. Finally, to enjoy fish, shellfish and seafood, seasoned with Provençal herbs and citrus and paired with a breath-taking view of the Mediterranean, make way to the Villa Madie in Cassis.
Clinging to the Corniche, the Petit Nice Passédat in Marseille is a balcony over the sea and the horizon. In this exceptional place, chef Gérald Passédat has created a cuisine that puts the spotlight on the Phoenicean city, as witnessed by his famous “Bouille Abaisse.” Savour freshly caught local fish and seafood, delectably scented with herbs and aromatics. In Saint-Tropez, in the setting of the très chic residence, La Pinède, young chef Arnaud Donckele is revolutionising Mediterranean cuisine at La Vague d’Or. His credo: making magic out of the endless herbal bounty of Provence. A short walk from the famous Paul Ricard motor racing circuit, at the Hôtel et Spa du Castellet, Christophe Bacquié offers a fine and delicate cuisine that journeys between land and sea, and infused with the sweet smell of Provence.