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As the birthplace of the Michelin brothers, you would expect Clermont-Ferrand to have a thriving culinary landscape, and Auvergne’s capital doesn’t disappoint. After seeing the sights and stopping in a bar or café, a day in the city wouldn’t be complete without sitting down to dinner. Here are the best restaurants to sate those growling stomachs.
An authentic Moroccan experience is guaranteed at L’Etoile de Fès, from the cuisine through to the spectacular decoration and furniture and even the belly dancers. Served along with these dishes are the best Moroccan wines from across the country.
Address & telephone number: 10 Rue Sainte-Rose, Clermont-Ferrand, France, +33 4 73 31 49 11
An example of the gastronomic delights that you may encounter when choosing the three-course menu de la semaine (menu of the week) are mashed pumpkin, poached egg, and roasted hazelnuts for an entrée; cod brandade with a langoustine emulsion and shredded fennel for the main; and, for dessert, pear tarte tatin with sweet vanilla cream. The walls of Le Duguesclin are also used for art and photography exhibitions, as a complement to the culinary designs on the plate.
Address & telephone number: 3 Rue des Cordeliers, Clermont-Ferrand, France, +33 4 73 25 76 69
Lard et la Manière’s menu changes with the seasons but always incorporates local produce and traditional dishes. The mussels au gratin are made with Cantal cheese from Auvergne, and craft beers brewed in the region can be enjoyed alongside appetizers like beef carpaccio and cold tomato soup with burrata and pesto. Even the ice cream is homemade. The meals here are hearty and unpretentious, but the setting is chic and intimate.
Address & telephone number: 6 Rue des Minimes, Clermont-Ferrand, France, +33 4 73 35 78 65