France is home to one of the most loved cuisines around the world, offering many renowned recipes and outstanding wines. Carcassonne, a hidden gem in the South of France, is the perfect place to enjoy a nice meal after walking around the fortified medieval city. Here are 10 must-try dining establishments for when you’re visiting the town.
This very popular restaurant, Brasserie Le DonJon, offers a regional menu. Booking is recommended because the place is always busy. We recommend you try their well cooked fish dishes, such as the grilled bream with Marseillette red rice risotto. Aside from a wide variety of regional starters and mains, they also serve assortments of cheeses. The dessert menu offers many tempting options, including the world-renowned French specialty crème brûlée.
The terraced restaurant of the Hôtel de la Cité, Le Jardin de l’Eveque, offers a beautiful setting with a casual al fresco dining area filled with plants and featuring elegant furniture. This is the perfect spot to enjoy a meal outside during the summer in Carcassone. The staff are welcoming and the atmosphere is quiet, perfect for those who want to relax during and after lunch. They also offer a children’s menu. Try one of their meat dishes, cooked to perfection in the traditional French style. Address and telephone number: Rue Saint-Louis,11000 Carcassonne,France +33 4 68 71 98 71
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Loved by the locals and located in the countryside just outside Carcassonne, the Domaine Michaud is one of the best restaurants in the area. The restaurant has a picturesque countryside setting and the view from the hill is stunning. The meals are made using fresh ingredients and the menu changes depending on the season. Watch out for their soups during the winter, and let the chef surprise you with the daily specials or ‘propositions du chef’. The menu includes various vegetarian options.
With its gothic interior, La Barbacane serves haute cuisine – every dish on the menu needs a two-line description. This is the only Michelin-star restaurant in Carcassone, so if you want to try the best gourmet dishes in the city this is the place to come. The restaurant is elegant, providing the perfect setting to try their duck foie gras (one of the best in town) along with their autumnal vegetables. They have a set lunch menu and different menu options for dinner. Enjoy their grilled royal seabream, garnished with turnip and chicory, among other delicious dishes. For dessert, they’ll tempt you with options such as the bitter chocolate on an almond shortbread, cocoa crumble and a caramel ice cream.
This French retro spot, with marble floors and Edith Piaf singing on the stereo, offers a menu dominated by meat and fish dishes. The chef’s aim is to find the best ingredients to provide quality meals. His authentic cuisine uses organic, locally sourced, pesticide-free ingredients, and the friendly environment is key to his success. He also runs a shop right in front of the restaurant where you can buy a variety of products and foods. The restaurant combines a bistro atmosphere with top-quality gastronomy.
Set in a modern building in the heart of Carcassonne, the Comte Roger offers different menus depending on how much you want to spend for your lunch or dinner. The restaurant serves traditional French cuisine. The cassoulet is excellent and the duck is a must-try. The dessert menu will make everyone happy – you can choose from various sweet options such as the chilled cream of Muscat from Saint Jean with a Languedoc fritter, or go for the traditional French dessert option – the cheese platter.
Le Bar à Vins has been serving quality food and wines for over 20 years, and is a great place to stop for lunch during a day of sightseeing. Situated in the heart of the medieval town, the place could be considered a secret garden in the middle of the city. This is a good place for a quick lunch, serving a variety of tapas, but if you’re up for some drinks, they make delicious cocktails and stock quality French wines.
A traditional brasserie, this cute little place offers great food and a warm atmosphere. Brasserie Le Dome’s best dishes are definitely the salmon and the risotto, but they also serve other delicious options such as the Australian burger. This is a good place to come for lunch or even for breakfast.
If you’re not sure whether you’re up for a sumptuous dinner or just some tapas, L’Escargot provides the perfect dining experience in between the two options. This is a casual and relaxed restaurant which offers a good wine list and a varied and rich tapas menu alongside more consistent dishes. They have different menu options for different prices, including a children’s menu.
Eating in this restaurant is a real pleasure. The Adelaide has both outdoor and indoor seating areas, and the staff are friendly and welcoming. They serve top-quality authentic French cuisine – their steak is excellent and so is their cassoulet, which is considered by some to be the best in the city. You can also sample their cheeses alongside the salads.