The 10 Best Hidden Gems of St Tropez
Saint Tropez has lots of hidden gems, away from the beaches and usual bars | © Xiquinho Silva/Flickr
Head away from the crowds and the famous beaches and bars. Just off the beaten track in St Tropez
, you’ll find these little gems to discover.
Maison des Papillons
Down a back lane in the garden area of St Tropez, you’ll find The Butterfly House. Artist Dany Lartigue has spent years collecting more than 35,000 species of butterfly, both native and exotic. He’s painted intricate background to place his butterflies and has now handed his house over to the town, to enjoy forever.
La Maison des Papillons, 17 Rue Etienne Berny, Saint-Tropez +33 (0)4 94 97 63 45
Le Restaurant G
Restaurant, French, $$$
This cute little restaurant
is run by a husband and wife and is well off the beaten port-side frenzy. It offers great food (menus from 16€, to 37€ in the evening) and a great atmosphere. But it’s tiny so arrive early or book.
Cimitière Marin du St Tropez
Cemetery, Swimming Pool
The beautiful cemetery in St Tropez
sits overlooking the Mediterranean coast. It was used as a backdrop in the famous movie And God Created Woman
in 1956 with Brigitte Bardot, as well as the film La Piscine
, in 1969.
Au Caprices des Deux
Au Caprices des Deux is a little hangout for the locals. It’s in a stone cottage run by brother and sister Sonia et Stéphane Avelin, who are passionate about food and drink. Book first.
Le Musée de l’Annonciade
This small little chapel by the old port was built at the beginning of the 16th century by penitent monks who took in sailors returning from captivity. It is now the tiny Museum of Modern Art
, housing work from 1890 to 1850. There isn’t a large collection but it’s worth a visit.
Barbarac is a local favourite for ice cream. Just behind the old port, the scoops are not cheap (3,50€) but many consider them the best.
This little sandal shop
has been creating shoes since 1933 and has had some very famous clients – Picasso and Brigitte Bardot have been fans. They now have four branches in St Tropez
K Jacques, St Tropez +33 (0)4 94 97 41 50. Check out their site for addresses and opening hours.
La Pause Douceur
This is a little sweet shop that locals adore. Run by a mother and daughter, it is a wonderful place for praline or almond delights.
restaurant is well-loved by locals. It’s a small Moroccan place, slightly back from the main port. People love their couscous, mint tea and lime sherbet to finish.
Church of Notre Dame de l'Assomption
This church isn’t really “hidden” as the bell tower overlooks the entire town, but it isn’t usually on many people’s itineraries. It was built in 1874, in an Italian Baroque style. You aren’t allowed to take photos inside but it has some wonderful statues and artwork.