The food in Provence is legendary. The climate makes for tasty local ingredients and the scenery means that you can relish some great food in wonderful locations. Here’s our list of the 10 best brunch and breakfast spots in Provence.
The Tarte Tropézienne is a version of the French brioche, split into two and filled with cream. It’s specific to St Tropez, where it was created by a Polish baker in the 1950s. He was catering for Brigitte Bardot’s film crew, she loved it, named it, and both became famous. Try it in the original bakery where it was first made. It also has other lovely fresh breads and desserts, perfect for breakfast.
Sport Beach is located on the beach in Marseille. They are one of the few places on a Sunday to offer a real brunch selection – hot plates of eggs and bacon, or cold charcuterie and cheese plates. They even have a chocolate fountain. It’s a cool place, centered around an open air pool, where people dress to impress.
Déli Bo. is just a stone’s throw from Place Garibaldi in the Old Town of Nice. It’s worth the walk for the pastries and bagels. They also do eggs and are happy for you to just sit and watch the world go by. It’s a buzzing, little place.
Sénéquier is an institution in St Tropez, where it’s been on the quay for over a hundred years. It offers the typical clichéd view of St Tropez – a table overlooking the large super yachts that come in and out of town. It also sells wonderful nougat. Perfect for contemplating your place in the world.
The Pat & Jo Café is an American café, but with a French twist – so you might find quiche or a little pasta with your bagels and carrot cake. People love it and keep going back for the all-day service and friendly vibes. It’s closed Sundays.
La Fabrique is set in the heart of Marseille. It does a brunch on the weekends in a great atmosphere – it’s a little more cosmopolitan than traditional French. They have a wide selection of choice, from cooked breakfasts to pancakes. Check out their page on Facebook. Brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 3pm.
This private beach restaurant in Cannes is owned by the Grizzetti family and has been here a long time. It’s a great place to come if you want to eat outside on the beach. It has WiFi and you can hire a sun lounger to stay all day if you really love it. It’s open from 8.30am too, so it’s a good early option before you start your day. Check out Facebook too.
Le Voilier in Cannes is a great restaurant. They open at 8am every day, but the kitchen only opens at noon, so they’ll offer croissants before that time. They mainly specialise in fish and seafood dishes but they have a great snack menu, offering croque monsieurs, omelettes, etc. and fruit and profiteroles for dessert. It’s best to make a reservation and they change their hours from summer to winter, so make sure to check online before you go.
La Femme du Boulanger is a real French delight, situated not far from the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. It’s very rustic with French baguettes and “confiture” (jam) on a lovely outdoor terrace. Order the freshly squeezed orange juice and read the paper. Lovely.