La Bastide Saint Louis, just South of the historic medieval citadel of Carcassonne, is a magical neighborhood offering many surprises to travelers who venture downhill and away from the tourist thoroughfare of La Cite. These are the best restaurants in the area.
Even before they’ve got a whiff of the delicious food, crowds are drawn to Le Magnac for its relaxed, inviting ambience, equally ideal for an easygoing dinner with friends and colleagues or a romantic dinner on the terrace (which is open year-round). The menu offers all the staple recipes of the Languedoc region, such as the rich cassoulet de canard, prepared just like local grandmothers make it at home. In addition to these traditional local dishes, Le Magnac also offers a tasty range of pizzas and grilled seafood. If you’re here for lunch, ask the waiter for their fixed menu: a rotating appetizer, the main course of the day, and a tasty dessert, all for only 14 euro.
Le Magnac, 11 Rue Antoine Armagnac, Carcassonne, France, +33 4 68 71 36 29
Le Cathare is a haven for authentic homemade French cuisine. The food here is faithfully prepared according to the old techniques and recipes unique to the south of France. At Le Cathare you’ll feel like you’re at a French grandmother’s house, being served a meal. This place is an extremely homey, cozy space to put any traveler at ease, especially in cold weather when a roaring fireplace makes the whole place glow. Steaks and whole fish are prepared and grilled before your very eyes. No matter what you decide to order, you’ll be served a basket of fresh, warm bread while you’re studying the menu. The appetizers are also worth a mention here, as they are more experimental, but always hit the mark.
La Cathare, 53 Rue Jean Bringer, Carcassonne, France, +33 4 68 77 92 65
Coté Ferme prepares fresh, locally sourced ingredients into original, alternative dishes right before their customers’ eyes every day, in a tasty display that’s sure to bring a smile to your face. Vegetarians and diabetics will smile even wider when they see the number of options outlined specially for them on this menu. This is a great stop for those who have already stuffed themselves on the traditional recipes of the region and are looking to mix things up with an inventive menu, all served in stylish wooden bowls that provide a fantastic portion for the price. The wine menu is also very good, featuring local wines and the option called fontaine, which allows customer to try multiple different wine options in one night.
Coté Ferme, 26 Rue Chartran, Carcassonne, France, +33 4 68 47 25 51
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