Our concierge friends at Villa Marie in the French Riviera give us the latest tips on where to eat and drink in St Tropez.
From old legends to new fusion restaurants, these restaurants and beach clubs are impressing visitors to St Tropez in 2023.
Legendary – La Vague d’Or, at Hotel Cheval Blanc
The best of the best in St Tropez, and not only because of its three Michelin stars. At the only hotel on the Cote d’Azur with a private beach, this is a restaurant for a lazy three to four-hour dining experience.
This is chef Arnoud Donckele’s superlative tribute to classic Provence and Mediterranean flavours, at a level unrivalled across St Tropez.
Peruvian in St Tropez – Manko
Hidden in the heart of the old citadel, Manko is a challenge to find. Which suits its Incan legend: Manko is the son of the sun god and this restaurant is designed to be a hidden temple.
Start with Pisco at the bar, continue with exuberant Peruvian gastronomy, then end with cocktails and dancing as the DJ turns it up.
For Meat Lovers – Beefbar at Hotel Lou Pinet
A modern steakhouse that now has outlets in Dubai, Paris, Mexico City and Hong Kong, Beefbar is all about the quality of its imported meat.
Australian Wagyu, Japanese Kobe, milk-fed veal from the Netherlands and bone-in striploin 45-day dry-aged beef from the Baltics. It’s all presented in a simple street-food-grill style.
Seafood on the Sand – Les Viviers du Pilon
There are plenty of seafood beach restaurants all around St Tropez. Les Viviers du Pilon remains a long-standing favourite of the concierges at Villa Marie.
It’s the catch of the day with an uninterrupted Mediterranean view. They also have an oyster bar in Cogolin.
Traditional Provence – Colette, at Hotel Sezz
Grilled oyster, roast pigeon, cream of shallots and cress puree with charcoal bread. Colette honours regional classics on a stripped back menu more than deserving of its Michelin star.
It’s best visited in the evening, when the full gourmet menu is available and the entire restaurant is bathed in golden French Riviera light.
The Healthy Choice – La Voile
Chef Eric Canino now has two Michelin stars for his inventive healthy cuisine, served at the exclusive La Reserve Ramatuelle hotel.
Dominated by Provencal fruit, vegetables and seafood, the menu is designed so every dish is healthy and light. It’s called “cuisine minceur” and blends perfectly with the surroundings here.
Traditional Provencal Dining – Caprice des Deux
A romantic and understated restaurant, with al fresco tables spilling onto a narrow lane in St Tropez’s old quarter.
For decades, siblings Sonia and Stephane Avelin have built their reputation on traditional country cooking. The produce is superb and the atmosphere is a dream for a quiet couple’s night out.
Rustic Beach Club Vibes – Cabana Bambou
A luxurious bamboo hut, where you can spend many lazy hours in a daybed for two, ordering gin cocktails, Champagne and Thai massages.
Head inside to a restaurant that’s all about sunny and light Mediterranean dishes. Then back to your day bed on Pampelonne Beach in Ramatuelle.
An Institution – Le Club 55
Still going strong after opening in 1955, Le Club 55 remains the must-visit beach club for so many people coming to St Tropez.
The food may not live up to its previous standards yet there’s something familiar and charming about stopping for a drink at this legendary address.
Private Beach Lunch – La Guerite
On a private beach beneath the royal fort of Sainte-Marguerite Island, La Guerite is long established as a lunchtime hangout for the privileged.
You can only get here by boat. Start with lunch, a mix of classic Mediterranean dishes and barbecue, continue with cocktails on the sand, finish with lobster and guitar music.
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