On the banks of the Loire River, the creative city of Nantes is bursting with flavour. Expect the unexpected and taste the region in an array of picturesque settings that are sure to satisfy your appetite and spark your curiosity. Loosen your belt and prepare to eat your way around Nantes with our ultimate foodie guide to the French port city.
Serving up world class cuisine, Nantes’ Michelin starred restaurant should be top of your list when it comes to eating out in the city. Set in the historic 19th century Maison Gueho, across the water from the Ile de Nantes, L’Atlantide 1874 is the ideal setting for a romantic dinner. Using only fresh, seasonal produce you’re guaranteed the best of the best when eating here. Tuck into a fish-filled menu of contemporary fine dining to the backdrop of the Loire River and sip on a refined selection of French wines as the sun goes down.
Long standing as one of the city’s most stylish restaurants, l’Univers de Nicolas’ universe specialises in contemporary cuisine with a creative twist. Headed up by world renowned chef, Nicolas Guiet, the emphasis here is on seasonal vegetables. Forever evolving and churning out new, exciting dishes, a meal at this chic glass topped space, is a must when visiting Nantes.
A classic French bistro, Le Broceliande is located close to the city centre in the Saint Donatian district near the island of Versailles. Setting a rustic, retro atmosphere with its wooden tables and exposed brickwork, the restaurant has a little something for everyone. Whilst cosy in wintertime, this place really comes alive when the sun’s out with its large outdoor terrace and secluded patio draped in vines and scattered potted plants. Boasting a selection of no less than 30 natural wines, settle in with a cheese plate and relax with friends at this gastronomic gem.
Decked out in retro modern interiors, plush velvet, copper lamps, benches and art deco armchairs, this brewery-bistro-cocktail bar is a jack of all trades. Nestled in the business district of the Cite des Congress on Emile – Masson Square, Les Bonimenteurs honours French cuisine in an elegant setting. Sitting out on the large terrace, complement your expertly prepared meal of fresh, local produce, with a cocktail made by experienced, enthusiastic bar tenders. Cosy yet cool, this is without a doubt one of the best places to eat in Nantes.
A local hotspot, in just two years Cuit Lu Cru has managed to secure a steady flow of regulars who can’t get enough of their homemade menu. Situated in the lively Talensac quarter, its proximity to the markets means easy access to fresh produce all year round. Placing the spotlight on classic French cuisine, everything cooked in this place is made from scratch, from the sauces to the sweets. Set in a warm, inviting, authentic atmosphere, mingle with the locals and enjoy an evening of delicious culture at one of the best restaurants in the city.
Boasting awards for its top quality gourmet market cuisine, L’Abelia is located in a 20th century villa close to the city centre. The elegance of the dining room perfectly contrasts with the rustic surroundings and incredible coastal views, creating a unique experience you’re unlikely to forget. Be sure to try the gazpacho, made with prawns, parmesan, tomato and basil all sourced from the nearby markets. Great food and an even better atmosphere, you’ll be booking in for more before you’ve swallowed your last bite.
Famed for being the birthplace of sci-fi author Jules Verne, Un Nouveau Monde can be found in the heart of Nantes on Feydeau island. Naming their menus after the popular novelist, choose innovative dishes from either ‘du navigateur’, ‘de l’ecrivain’ and most popular, ‘Menu Jules Verne’. Sourced locally, every meal is prepared with seasonal products plucked right from the nearby ocean and is presented in a way that’s out of this world. Take in the art nouveau themed décor and sip on French wines as the sun dips behind the horizon.
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- Lucy Norris