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Eating Saint-Rémy de Provence Restaurants and More

Saint Rémy de Provence has it all, shopping, galleries, a big market on Wednesday mornings and (almost) too many restaurant choices. The picturesque, lively town snuggled into the base of Les Alpilles, the miniature Alps. With a rich history—highlighted by the Romans, Nostradamus and Vincent Van Gogh—plus heritage celebrations and various cafés and boutiques, the town is a popular tourist destination.

St Remy de Provence Living Alpilles

The largest town in the Alpilles, St Rémy, is the ideal size because it’s large enough to have a variety of shops and restaurants, yet small enough that we can walk across it in a few minutes. And it’s a town that rewards strolling—the village centre is off-limits to cars, so it’s easy to wander the cobblestone streets, popping in and out of the many charming shops.

Where to Eat in (and Near) St Remy

The following list includes some cafés and restaurants in St Rémy but is far from a comprehensive guide. Listed in alphabetical order, these are some popular dining establishments in town. Please consider this as a reference guide, and you can be the critic.


St Remy’s Restaurants

À la Table de Nicolas – Nicolas Jonette was proclaimed a Maître Restauranteur in 2014 and opened this restaurant in St-Rémy the following year. It’s his second restaurant in the area after his first one was so successful that it outgrew its space.

La Table de Nicolas St Remy de Provence

Reservations recommended
8 boulevard Marceau
Website
Tel: +33 (0)4 32 62 03 82
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Sunday nights

Café de la Place Open daily from morning to the late evening, this café-restaurant is always bustling. Grab a table overlooking Place de la République and enjoy the activity.

Da Peppe – Yes, you are in Provence, but this family-friendly restaurant should be on your list since everyone loves Italian food. Dine-in or take out at 2 Avenue Fauconnet. And, the pizza is delicious.

Gus – If you are looking for fresh seafood and shellfish, this restaurant is in the heart of town at 31 Boulevard Victor Hugo.

L’Aile ou la Cuisse is the place for food and dessert lovers. The dining room is comfortable, and the large shaded patio is an oasis in the centre of town. The food is always good, and the best part is dessert—your server will lead you up to a big display case and let you choose your favourite. It’s like Christmas every day!

Favourite Restaurants Alpilles St Remy L'Aile ou la Cuisse

Reservations required
34 Boulevard Mirabeau
Place Mireille Moatti
Website
Tel: +33 (0)6 12 13 40 40
Open 7 days a week

Le Bistrot de Saint Rémy – You could be in Paris at this busy restaurant with terrific food. Conversations bounce around from wine and food to other topics at bistro tables scattered throughout the space. They serve a multi-course set menu including cheese, so plan to arrive with an appetite.

Reservations required
12 boulevard Gambetta
St Rémy de Provence
Instagram
Tel: +33 (0)4 90 21 11 59
Closed on Mondays

Ô Caprices de Mathias can be hard to find on the edge of town, but it’s worth the effort. Chef Mathias’ cooking is so good that he’s earned the rare distinction of Master Restauranteur. The daily lunch special is a terrific value: three courses plus wine and coffee for 25 euros. If you dine on the terrace, you can look out on green fields and the Alpilles mountains—the view alone is worth the price of admission!

Domaine de Métifiot
Chemin de la Croix des vertus
13210 Saint Rémy de Provence
Website
Tel: +33 (0)4 32 62 00 00
Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays

Le Roma is a name that ice cream and gelato fans should know. Located in the centre of town at 33 Boulevard Marceau, the ice cream counter is the first thing you see. Grab a cone or stay for a meal. They serve generous large salads, different kinds of pasta, and daily specials.


Other Foodie Pleasures

Chocolate: Joël Durand’s Alphabet of Flavours. The flavours of Provence are well-represented by chocolate with lavender, chocolate with thyme, and chocolate with rosemary, among others. However, so do Joël Durand’s native Brittany essences, featuring chocolate combined with that region’s famous salted butter caramel. And Durand is not afraid to try flavours from far-flung lands, so you’ll find things like chocolate with jasmine and chocolate with Sichuan pepper. Whatever combination you can think of, Durand has probably tried it.

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Joël Durand Maître Chocolatier (website)
3 boulevard Victor Hugo
Tel: +33 (0)4 90 92 38 25
Closed Sunday afternoon and all day on Mondays

Fruits confit or candied fruit is a methodology for saturating fruit in syrup that the Arabs brought to Europe in the 14th century. Converting fresh fruit to a crystallized version takes lots of time and even more sugar syrup. The result is also known as fruit glacé in France. Confiserie Lilamand is a family-owned business five generations after the first production. Today’s owner, Pierre Lilamand, applies the exact recipes Nostradamus and Olivier de Serres used over four centuries earlier. Discover the range of syrups and jams in beautiful glass containers.

Take out! Chez le Frangins: Keith Van Sickle shares this local’s find. Relatively new in St-Rémy-de-Provence this is an artisanal rotisserie with everything you need for a delicious dinner at home or a picnic under a shady tree. Brothers Paul and Victor Granier opened their shop less than a year ago, and business is already booming.

Confiserie Lilamand (website)
5 Avenue Albert Schweitzer,
13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

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Cooking Classes: After many years in Provence, Jane Satow has realized her dream of combining her two passions – food and culture. Earlier this year, she launched La Cuisine Provençale – an interactive cooking school in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Tucked away in the heart of charming St Remy, La Cuisine Provençale is on a quiet street with a small square. Step out of the tiny alley into a bright, ground floor kitchen. Designed with plenty of open space, up to 12 people can participate in a hands-on cooking class.


Just a Short Drive

L’Oustalet Maianen (website)
16 Avenue Lamartine, Maillane
Tel: +33 (0)4 90 95 74 60

Suppose you’d like a quiet spot not far from St-Rémy, head north three miles to L’Oustalet Maianen. It’s in the town of Maillaine, where the famous poet Frédéric Mistral lived (there’s a small museum about him near the restaurant.) The food is always excellent, and the service is no surprise because the chef is a Master Restauranteur. He learned to cook from his father, who ran the restaurant before him and grew up in the upstairs apartment. According to author Keith Van Sickle, this restaurant is definitely worth the short drive from St Rémy.

Le Café du Soleil (Facebook page)
144 Av. Henri Barbusse,
13630 Eyragues
Tel: +33 (0)4 90 90 80 89

Located in a converted fruit and vegetable warehouse, this open plan restaurant lives up to its promise of the spirit and flavours of the south. The creative cuisine delivers seasonally inspired dishes from the region and well beyond. There is a strong emphasis on high-quality, local produce at this restaurant. The bright terrace is almost hidden from the street and is a wonderful place to enjoy a long lazy lunch or linger over dinner.

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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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