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"eat local" restaurants

The best in the Alps

Feeling hungry after a hike or between two visits? Take a seat and enjoy some local cuisine prepared with local products. Here is a selection of restaurants we highly recommend you stop off at.

Lou Countea

Mediterranean cuisine at the foot of the Alps

For all you food lovers we have selected one of the best restaurants in Nice and its region! If you like copious meals, the Restaurant Lou Countea is the perfect place to try “Nissarde cuisine”. In the village of Gilette, the chef Joël dreams up exclusively for you traditional dishes from Nice and the surrounding area. All the authenticity of the region is in your plate: socca, petits farcis, panisses, pelotton … A delight from starter to dessert! And you’ll be astonished by the tourte à la blette.

L’Hermine Blanche

Short circuit meals in Valberg

Head for the gateway to the Mercantour where the chef Gilles Stighezza awaits you. He held the title of Maître Restaurateur in 2016 for his establishment L’Hermine Blanche, and he welcomes you in a friendly, generous and authentic atmosphere. Here the dishes showcase local producers and appeal to our greediness. Snails, lamb cheese from Le Sauze and even honey from Les Launes, it’s difficult to choose! A good mood and little attentions rhythm the service at this lovely place where you can enjoy yourself in “eat local” mode.

Le Cheval Blanc

A delicious break in the Ubaye Valley

You’re a real locavore and you’re looking for a place to tickle your taste buds (and why not for a good night too)? Head for the charming village of Barcelonnette and the Hôtel du Cheval Blanc. The chef Christophe is ready to welcome you. This master restaurateur uses local products to create a gourmet menu which changes with the seasons. Try the valley lamb, the local cheeses or be tempted by the edible plants which grow around the village. And for a lovely end to your day, rest your aching feet after long hours of visits or hikes as you sip a drink in the bar,right in the middle of the town.

L’Auberge du Moulin

Delicacies of the Mercantour

Looking for an “eat local” restaurant to share a delicious moment with the family or friends? Head for Roubion where the Nicois influence is obvious in the dishes cooked over a wood fire in l’Auberge du Moulin. To revive you after an athletic day, there’s nothing better than the comforting dishes and the delicious pastries of this Bistrot de Pays. Melt with the delicious pistou, the farcis and the nettle gnocchis: everything is fresh and full of taste with the local products! What we recommend: the place has the Esprit Parc National brand and is part of the Mercantour Park. Just what you need for a little digestive walk in the Alps after a good meal!

L’Auberge-Restaurant L’Oustalet

Nature and good little dishes near the Verdon

Want to discover the terroir of the Alps in a new way? Try stopping off at l’Auberge L’Oustalet. Located in the Alpes de Haute Provence, this house has signed the Pays Gourmand charter and offers a cuisine filled with flavour according to the seasons and the short circuits. A very tasty escape! On the menu: local products and plants picked in the region, all carefully and lovingly prepared. Nature and good food go together well at La Colle Saint-Michel.

Au Bon Coin

Good food in the mountains in the Clarée Valley

Off to the Bistrot Au Bon Coin in the village of Névache for a gentle moment between cuisine and terroir. Valérie welcomes visitors warmly. Make yourself comfortable and contemplate the mountains from the green terrace and its exceptional panorama of the valley. The home cooking and local products will delight your taste buds. Let yourself be tempted by a drink in the salon de thé or enjoy a little game of pétanque on the boules ground. You can even sleep on the spot!

L’Étincelle

Give your taste buds a treat in the Dévoluy

Head for Agnières in the Dévoluy, to a place which is a delight for those who love good cooking and slow cooked dishes: Restaurant L’Étincelle. Are you cheese or charcuterie? Discover the local specialities of the Hautes-Alpes in a heavenly setting. At just a stone’s throw from the high mountain resorts, make the most of the cool pergola in the summer and enjoy the great dishes of Fabienne and Thierry’s Bistrot de Pays in a warm, friendly atmosphere. We recommend you try the delicious lamb grilled on a wood-fire. An absolute explosion of flavours!

 Les Alisiers

Let’s meet in the Vallée de Blanche Serre-Ponçon for a great meal

In your quest for local cuisine, the Restaurant Les Alisiers is an absolute must. The owners, Christophe in the kitchen and Emilie in the restaurant, have used all the wealth of the region to dream up dishes which are each lovelier than the last. Here, it’s total transparency: all the suppliers are posted and the recipes are made from carefully selected raw materials. Look no further, from the meat to the drinks, and fruit and vegetables, everything comes from around Montclar, between Gap and Digne-les-Bains.

Le Petit Renard

A good bistrot de pays in the Champsaur

Want to try “eating local”? The restaurant le Petit Renard in the little village of Laye, is one of the Bistrots de Pays you just have to stop off at. Difficult to choose between tourtons and fondues, here the accent is on the traditional dishes of Champsaur Valgaudemar. Alpine cuisine goes hand in hand with other traditional dishes sourced locally for a real explosion of incredible tastes. And the bonus is the enchanting setting of the mountains and green pastures you can see from the lovely terrace!

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