Three of my favourite restaurants are along one street in the old town of St Tropez; this was the area that Brigitte Bardot described as the most romantic part of the town. On rue des Remparts you will find La Ponche (5 rue des Remparts, 83990 St Tropez), Le Mazagran and La Pesquiere (both 1 rue des Remparts, 83990 St Tropez). They are all great but Pesquiere is probably my favourite – it has a beautiful view over a little beach and we have had some amazing big family dinners, as you can reserve the long tables here. Kids can run around and it’s always fun. The aubergine aux tomates is really nice with lots of garlic and I love both the calamari and the ratatouille – simple but just delicious.
A little bit further up the rue des Remparts – although you will be able to smell it long before you get there – is the amazing Grand Marnier crêperie. Once you have eaten these you won’t want to eat crêpes anywhere else – they are very, very thin and crispy but really rich and buttery too. It’s been here for years and the guys that run it wear these amazingly tall chef’s hats. The grand marnier and chocolate crêpe is perfect to have after dinner. If you ask nicely they will sometimes let you go behind and try to make one yourself.
Club 55 is probably the best-known beach café on Pampelonne beach – in the summer they will serve up to 900 people a day. But away from the busy side of town there’s Les Graniers (Chemin des Graniers, 83990 St Tropez) which is a bit more secret and a wonderful place to go for lunch. They do very simple but delicious things like buttery corn on the cob. You can also go on little beach walks along the coast from here too.
There are so many lovely little villages around St Tropez that are also worth visiting and if you’re into food L’Auberge de la Môle (Place de l’Église, 83310 La Môle) is such an amazing experience. It’s a really beaten down place about 20 minutes from St Tropez – it’s not flashy at all and it’s not expensive. Inside is very cute with a beautiful kitchen that does an phenomenal seven course menu, starting with a plate of fabulous home-made pates. Everything is made on the premises and the food is very local. It’s such an experience although, you certainly couldn’t go there every day.
I definitely recommend getting a bike and doing a cycling tour of the towns around St Tropez, which I do with my dad all the time. You can go up to the castle in Port Grimaud and see all of the bay from there. La Table du Mareyeur (10 & 11 Place des Artisans
83310 Port Grimaud) is another favourite place to go – it sits right by the water, next to one of the village’s little bridges. You can moor right behind the restaurant too if you’re travelling by boat.