French cuisine is famous for its elegant flavours and distinct ingredients. Montpellier’s dining scene certainly lives up to this reputation. Covering everything from beloved French classics to burgers and Argentinian empanadas, Montpellier has no shortage of must-visit restaurants. Here we list 10 of the most unmissable restaurants in the city.
Nestled away in one of the cobbled streets in Montpellier’s historic center, Le Petit Jardin has a lovely secret garden, with views of the city’s 14th-century cathedral’s stone walls. The shade and fresh air will help tourists decompress and after a sip of the delicious wine and a bite of the scrumptious food, they will be enchanted by the magical setting and atmosphere of the place. This bistro also has a dining room for those wishing to eat in a more formal setting.
Argentinian food in Montpellier might sound like an unusual mix of cultures, but the chefs at this Empanadas Club have worked wonders in fusing these two cuisines. They have even created a special empanada that intertwines both gastronomies: a Nutella and banana empanada (which is as delicious as it sounds). The place oozes charm and is covered with mementos brought all the way from Argentina. Visitors will sit at one of their long, wooden tables, but it gets busy so reservations are recommended.
Address: 15 Rue de Ratte, Montpellier, France +33 9 83 29 85 12
Minutes away from the Louis Blanc tram stop, Playfood is one of the most unique restaurants in Montpellier. The quirky vision behind its presentation makes it stand out as one of the most original eateries in the south of France. Food is served in small, transparent glasses rather than plates, and everything, from their beers to their recipes, is entirely one of a kind. They also have a great variety of vegetarian options, making it a great choice for all herbivore travellers.
Le Bistrot de Bacchus is located in the Arceaux area, slightly outside the city center but still only a short walk away from attractions such as the Jardin de Plantes. The atmosphere is laid-back and the food is of great quality. Diners can watch the chef while he prepares the dishes. The menu changes often depending on the produce that the chefs are able to find, so visitors can rest assured that their meal will be fresh.
Address: 8 Rue Marioge, Montpellier, France +33 9 50 08 00 54