Bayeux is familiar to many tourists, with the Bayeux Tapestry being one of France
’s biggest tourist attractions and certainly the biggest reason to visit this Norman town. Home to 15,000 inhabitants, Bayeux has a multitude of restaurants for the weary traveler. Here are 10 of the best in the area.
Le Petit Bordelais
This neat spot is a bar, restaurant and wine shop combined. With an enticing interior and an ideal location for reaching all the attractions in Bayeux, it doesn’t take much for Le Petit Bordelais to lure tourists and passers-by. Whether stopping in for a full meal or just a glass of wine and something small, this establishment will not disappoint. They also offer wine-tasting classes to find the perfect bottle to bring home.
Le Petit Bordelais, 15 rue Maréchal Foch, Bayeux, France, +33 02 31 92 06 44
Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
For those travelling by car, taking a little longer to travel just outside of Bayeux, to Port-en-Bressin, is worth the time to savor the culinary delights of this Michelin-starred restaurant. Set on the coast, with an excellent view over the sea – in sunny weather sitting on the terrace is a must – L’Ecailler will delight your senses with a pleasant mix of seafood and traditional French cuisine.
L’Ecailler, 2 Rue de Bayeux, Port-en-Bessin-Huppain, France, +33 2 31 22 92 16
Le Moulin de la Galette
This is the place to go for a great galette (savory crepe), and is also very close to the site of the Bayeux Tapestry. It’s situated next to the Aure River, where lovely summer weather makes for a wonderful dining experience on the terrace outside. It’s slightly out of the way of what can be a very busy area in high season and all the better for it; staff are accommodating and helpful and the food is simple, earthy and delicious.
Le Moulin de la Gallette, 38 Rue de Nesmond, 14400 Bayeux, Basse-Normandie, France, +33 02 31 22 47 75
Au Petit Bistrot
This place can be found opposite the cathedral and is a cheery restaurant which is especially cozy during the winter months. It offers a full range of meats and fish, as well as an excellent wine list to accompany the food. During festival season it can get quite busy, but the waiters are practically bilingual, which is handy for English visitors.
Au Petit Bistrot, 31 Rue Larcher, 14400 Bayeux, France, +33 2 31 92 30 08
This restaurant excels in both food and interior decor. It is also traditional in both senses; the cuisine is Norman and highlights the best foods on offer without being too heavy, whilst the restaurant itself is situated along a cobbled alley and has a bare, rustic feel to it. This is an excellent little discovery for couples or small groups and offers fine fish dishes to boot.
La Rapiere, 53 Rue Saint-Jean, 14400 Bayeux, France, +33 2 31 21 05 45
This romantic restaurant also focuses on traditional food but adds something of a modern twist to it. Small and exclusive, with both a set and an a la carte menu, the Michelin-starred chef delivers tasty food with flair and flavor. It also has a specific vegetarian menu, which can be a rarity in France.
Le Pommier, 40 Rue des Cuisiniers, 14400 Bayeux, +33 2 31 21 52 10
Château de Sully
Another restaurant which requires a bit of driving to reach but which rarely fails to impress, Château de Sully is a Michelin-starred establishment set in an 18th century chateau with beautiful grounds. The chef, Nicholas, is known for his delicate and exquisite dishes which are an inventive take on French cuisine.
Château de Sully, Route de Port en Bessin, 14400 Bayeux Sully, +33 2 31 22 29 48
Set in the town of Bayeux itself, this funky, quirky and homely spot boasts a colorful and eclectic interior decor. The food is wonderful, too; fresh, healthy and served in just the right sized portions. Expect bagels, sweet and savory tarts and salads, not to mention a local crowd who are always quick to sing Chez Paulette’s praises.
Chez Paulette, 44 rue des cuisiniers, 14400 Bayeux, Basse-Normandie, +33 09 80 32 03 94
L’Angle Saint Laurent
Taking inspiration from local cuisine and seasonal meats and seafood while adding a dash of style and skills from the school of modern cooking, L’Angle St Laurent is another contender for a memorable first or last meal in town. As the name suggests, seafood is this place’s forte.
L’Angle Saint Laurent, 2 Rue des Bouchers, Bayeux, France +33 2 31 92 03 01