La Casa Sansa has been operating since 1846 and its decor and popularity with Perpignan’s locals is evidence of its pedigree: model galleons and airplanes hang from the ceiling alongside chandeliers and portraits of 20th century luminaries like Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, and Marilyn Monroe that line the walls. They proudly display a number of commendatory plaques from Le Guide du Routard, which are evidently well-deserved. A menu consisting of Catalan and French dishes includes riz à l’encre (squid-ink risotto), baccalà (salt cod), and their signature chicken and prawn plate.
Address and telephone number: 2 Rue Fabrique d’en Nadal, Perpignan, France, +33 4 68 50 48 01
La Cabane is decorated in the style of a fishing hut, its furniture fashioned from driftwood. It deals mainly in fresh, local seafood and wild fish, serving overflowing platters and all manner of delicacies like sardine rillettes and Galician-style octopus. Their cured meats, tapas, pintxos, and wine list are also not to be sniffed at. They even run their own delivery service and operate a fully-stocked deli counter within the restaurant housing their most recent catches, so you can plan to enjoy a taste of the sea elsewhere.
Address and telephone number: 19 Quai François Batllo, Perpignan, France, +33 4 68 67 09 30