There are plenty of things to do and see in Corsica. Whether you’re hankering for some canyoning or would prefer to take a stroll around an art gallery, you’re going to need some energy to make the most of your day on this island in the Mediterranean Sea. Make sure you start your day off with a meal at one of these restaurants.
Le Temps des Oliviers
This Italian restaurant has a pleasant location near the Ajaccio coast, and offers a sweet and savoury buffet for brunch enthusiasts. Have your fill of hot drinks and take your pick from cheeses, cold meats, quiches, tarts, and fresh fruit. Keep an eye out for a French favorite, the croque monsieur, a fried sandwich made with Gruyére cheese, lean ham, and béchamel sauce. Sitting out on the terrace of Le Temps des Oliviers with a fruit smoothie is a delightful way to spend a Corsican summer’s day.
In the heart of Porto-Vecchio’s Old Town lies the stylish Le Parvis and its impressive brunch menu. The dishes changes frequently, but previous favorites include cod carpaccio, penne pasta with Napolitana sauce, chicken satay skewers, deviled eggs, zucchini gratin, and grilled panzetta (stuffed breast of veal), which is a Corsican delicacy. In addition to these rotating selections are the standard array of breads, pastries, and drinks, and the chefs are happen to make your eggs any way you like them: Benedict, fried, boiled, scrambled, or in an omelette.
Every first Sunday of the month, the gourmet restaurant Le Caroubier holds a luxurious brunch buffet. Found within the five star Hotel Sofitel Golfe d’Ajaccio Thalassa Sea and Spa in the exclusive resort of Porticcio, Le Caroubier presents magnificent ocean views in addition to its food. The buffet in question contains breads, pastries, brioche, pies, cereal, fruit, cheesecakes, and a number of entrées that vary according to the season and the chef’s delectation.
For over 17 years the staff at L’Amirauté (The Admiralty) have been cooking up brunches for the residents of Ajaccio, so customers will be assured that they’re in safe hands when climbing aboard. From June to September the restaurant serves two options for diners, both of which come with freshly squeezed fruit juice and a hot drink. The American brunch features sausages, eggs, and either pancakes or French toast, while those who opt for the continental brunch receive charcuterie, cheese, pastries, and bread with butter, jam, and Nutella.
Le Bistrot du Marché
With a summer terrace on Bastia’s market square, the Place du Marché, this restaurant is in a picturesque spot prime for a bit of relaxation. Le Bistrot du Marché also operates as a wine bar and tearoom and so can cater for customers depending on their mood, but the brunch buffet, full of various sweet and savory items, is a real draw. Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, potatoes, smoked salmon club sandwiches, cakes, quiches, fruit salad, and chocolate fondant are just some of the dishes available.
Nestled between sea, mountain, and vineyard, Chez Marie is a guesthouse and restaurant that has been in operation since 1967. The breakfast here is served in a convivial atmosphere and consists of seasonal fruit juices, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, pastries, and bread with homemade jams and Corsican hazelnut spread. A library area complete with fireplace and a few board games awaits you afterwards. Before you leave, make sure to take some locally produced honey, nougat, charcuterie, or olive oil with you.
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