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Saint-Tropez was well and truly put on the map in the 1950s when French film stars endorsed it with their regular visits, transforming it into one of the most popular destinations in the South of France. Celebrity culture prevails and star spotting continues to be one of the top spectator sports for visitors who return year after year. We’ve chosen some of Saint-Tropez’s best restaurants to get a great view, great company, or at least enjoy a great fine dining experience.
There’s never a better opportunity to over indulge in gastronomy than on holiday in St Tropez. The most exquisite cuisine is conjured up by France’s 2013 Chef Of The Year, Arnaud Donckele, at this three star Michelin restaurant. Customers are served in world class style and elegance, as would not only be expected at a Michelin starred restaurant, but at one of the region’s most exclusive hotels, La Résidence de la Pinède. Main courses start at €94 in the Vague d’Or restaurant, with extravagant sandwiches also served on La Terrace starting at €34.
Another well known St Tropez must visit that has been kept in the family over generations is Club 55. On a busy summer’s day the restaurant will serve more than 1000 guests who flock to this famous address. Situated on the beautiful Pampelonne beach, this place is popular all day and all night long, and its owners keep up its inclusive ambiance where “the client is not king because he is a friend”. This is a great place for a post-beach aperitif with appetizers.
Well located on the pictoresque old port, Café Senequier has been proudly greeting its customers since 1887. Attracting the rich and famous as well as passers by, it is the perfect pit stop to take in some of the atmosphere for which St Tropez is so well known, to do some yacht spotting and watch the world go by from the terrace. A selection of pattisseries are served all day, though do not expect too much change from a 50 note for a coffee and cake for two.
Also on the Place des Lices is Brasserie des Arts which provides an elegant setting with modern interior designed for chilling out with the hip and arty crowd. The terrace packs out in the summer months as guests jostle for space to be seen. Brunch is offered all day on a Sunday, aimed particularly at those who have partied into the early hours, for whom designer sunglasses are an absolute must. Refreshing salads, grilled meat and fish dishes are served throughout the day and evening, though it is also possible to stop off just for a drink and a spot of people watching.