Région Sud, where the Bistrots de pays started

Since the early 1990s, the Bistrot de Pays label supports and valorises village multiservice café-restaurants.

The Bistrot de pays: rejected in Paris, born in Provence

In 2018, the National Federation of Bistrots de Pays celebrated its 25th anniversary! A very special mark of recognition for this label which started out in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The story began at the end of the 1980s. At the time, Bernard Reynal, from Corrèze, who was specialized in land development and an ardent defender of rural living, presented his project to the Minister for Tourism of Michel Rocard’s government. Who never got back to him… A few years later, he presented his project once more to local representatives in the Var. And this time, Bernard Raynal convinced them. The first Bistrot de Pays opened its doors in Lardiers, in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence!

The “Bistrot de pays” spirit

Authenticity, getting together, proximity

Sit down at their tables and taste the authentic flavour of a seaming coffee, a refreshing cordial, a hearty snack or a real local meal, accompanied by sound advice from the men and women managing the bistros. If you love discovering the hidden wealth of the terroir and the villages, if you are sensitive to diversity, if you like warm, friendly atmospheres and solidarity, you’ll be at home with the “Bistrot de Pays” spirit!

Under the same quality charter, these village bistros open all year round are committed to:

• Valorizing local and seasonal products

• Hoqting festive and cultural events

• Being a meeting place that offers local services

Bistrots de Pays, warm, friendly places

Dinners, concerts, exhibitions, games…

Bistrots de Pays regularly organize events: dinnersconcertsexhibitions, games tournaments, themed evenings, bistrot-hikes. Artistic and culinary tours are also programmed by the regional cultural agency “Arsud” in the spring and autumn. Enjoy the dinner shows that get the hearts of rural life beating!

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