This restaurant is a beautiful, classic tea room/restaurant in a unique location, at the door of the majestic Chartres cathedral. They're open all day here and in the afternoon it's a good idea to go for the "homemade" plate of foei mi cuit with local cider, both of which are delicious. To highlight the superb collection of teapots that are strewn all over, come in all shapes and colors.
The Restaurant-Creperie Anne de Bretagne is situated in the heart of Amboise, just before the Royal Castle , and very close to theClock Tower . At the restaurant, the menus consist of a first plate + dessert or starter + main course. There are pancakes, crêpes and cookies as well, all of various types. We opted to order stuffed omelets. They were very good, mine was ham and cheese. If you ask for water to drink and it is not specified to be in bottle, they bring a jug of tap water, as is customary in France. A dinner for three of us went for € 28.10, which is not bad. It is a recommended restaurant.
All restaurants (or almost all restaurants) in France offer a daily menu, and the prices are more or less similar to those in our country. A set menu for lunch or dinner in a nice place like this with wine is priced at around 30 €. Crab crepes, duck breast with mushroom flan and pear with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream were the dishes the magnificent menu of this restaurant at the very door of the cathedral.
The restaurant Hostel Du Roy is situated in the center of Chenonceaux, near the Castle, the Ladies Gallery, the Church and the City Hall. This is a restaurant with four dining rooms, decorated in traditional style and very pretty. Its beautiful fireplace and taste with which the tables are set with nice linens and dishes are noticable. As for food, there are several set menus to choose from, not including drinks. We took the cheapest, costing € 16 and which consisted of 2 courses and dessert, with three dishes to choose from each. Portions, as usual in France, were a tad short of what we are used to here, but the food was pretty good, and that to me who doesn't like French cuisine much. We noticed that the price was similar to other restaurants of Chenonceau, the truth is that it is a very nice place to eat.
In the lovely town of Chinon, also characterized for its fine wines, you can also eat well. In this restaurant in the main square, close to the lift to the heart of town, you can enjoy the central cuisine as well as more international cuisine. The town is just amazing, with the option of navigating the Loire for a price that is very accessible. There is also an eponymous castle that overlooks the city and is worthy of visiting. Another option is to take a tour in a carriage horse, very relaxing and peaceful .
The "guinguette" of Rochecorbon is the opposite of the same type of establishment that one finds in Tours: If this "guinguette" renews the traditional style, offering rock music, techno, theater, dance or outdoor cinema, with a small modern restaurant, the Guinguette rochecorbon is what is traditionally understood in French by that name. What does this mean? Well, it means: simple but rich food (roast beef, fish or other, accompanied by French fries and salad, from twelve euros to twenty-two for the main course, a variety of desserts, entrees and drinks), - popular music to dance the waltz, the tango, or retro music from the 20s to 2000 - how to play: a small beach volley field, another to play petanque, the minigolf area is not too far, and even a much larger-area Playground (where you must pay a cover charge) - friendly people and of all ages come here with family or friends to enjoy a sunny afternoon, a quiet night or a night out in the old style, or rest during the cycle route from Tours to Amboise or vice versa . This really is a highly recommended place to eat something or just to cool off during the summer (the place closes at the end of September).
After visiting the Royal Castle of Amboise and the Château du Clos Lucé, we were ready to eat and we decided on this creperie as we had heard of its panoramic terrace. We went at 2pm, a little late to eat in France, but as there were many tourists they were still serving food. Besides galettes and crepes, they also served salads, but we decided on a galettes because strangely enough, we had not tried them yet. There were many galettes to choose from, each named after a different place in the Loire Valley. We chose "Saumur" and "Chinon". For dessert, we had a delicious ice cream. Everything was very good and the service was excellent. The panoramic terrace was very cool and had magnificent views, the only problem was that the sun was low and kept burning my eyes.
In the beautiful Castle Square in the center of Blois, the Marignan is a tea / coffee bar / restaurant providing an ideal stop. It has a small terrace, open to the castle square, where you have a breathtaking view. Not only can you admire the heritage of the city, but also you can get something to eat (salads, sandwiches, omelettes and other grilled sandwiches), with a warm welcome.
No matter if you arrive early in the morning in Tours, or if you just have a bit of time before catching your train ... if it's a cold winter's day or sunny midsummer ... there's always an excuse to visit the Briocherie, a local institution. A brioche is a delicious type of French pastry, and this legendary spot has stood for more than fifty years. While the decor is decidedly dated, the food is just as delicious as it's always been!
Open Tuesday to Saturday, noon and night, the Lapin qui Fume (The Smoking Rabbit haha!) is really a typical French restaurant: from the décor to the delicious dishes served there, everything is done with France in mind, like its delicious dishes with rabbit, duck or beef. Original salads and hearty entrees with generous portions alternate between traditional and innovative. The menu is not very long, and it's on chalkboards that hang on the restaurant's walls, which are decorated with old posters that give the small place a slight "bistro" feeling. If you're going to go at night, it may be best to have a reservation, and to have around 15 euros for a main course and drink. More or less. (Sorry for not having taken photos of the dishes, I forgot the camera!).
A few meters from the Central Railway Station of Orleans and towards the main city square, there is a patisserie, which is a sweet place with an original art deco ambience. You have to try the strawberry and Orleans vinegar macaroons, as well as the lime, cinnamon and rose petals. The pear, cinnamon and ginger are also very original to accompany a delicious tea with milk or a noisette (espresso macchiato) on marble tables and Thonet chairs. There are sweet snacks of quince jelly, candied almonds and small jams for gifts, as well as sandwiches to recharge your batteries to continue touring the city.
If you want to have something in one of the bars in the Jean Jaurès Plaza, or have something to eat, it's here: the Brasserie de l'Univers which offers traditional dishes typical of this type of bar-restaurant (meat with potatoes, large salads, croque -monsieur), they offer some seafood as well, and the dish of the day costs less than 10 euros, and the fixed menu about 15 ... Drinks and food at regular prices. Why here then? For the atmosphere and décor of the inside rooms (yes, if you're looking for a terrace, this is nothing special): A giant glass dome of the nineteenth century, offers party scenes and popular mementos above a room full of leather armchairs, solid wood tables, lit up by lamps in the same color
The small "salon de thé", which offers more than tea, is hidden on a street with little traffic in the heart of Tours. With modern colors and pleasant and somewhat dated dishes that adds a "grandmother's house" feel, Les Gourmands has various teas, homemade cakes, and also at noon salads, quiches and soups. All this for a very reasonable price ... And it is known that tranquility and quality are priceless! Yes, closes at 6pm, it's a place to snack or eat something on the way to visit the Old Town and other areas of the city!
Although not typical cuisine of Tours, Mamie Bigoude is worth giving a try. Crêpes are usually typical of the French area of Bretagne (Brittany), but one can find crêperies in any French city. What makes Bigoude Mamie so special, apart from the fact that the crepes are delicious and well priced, is the decoration of the place, decorated as if it were part of a house, with colors that will brighten even gray days! The restaurant is 2 minutes from Vieux Tours, Old Town, and is open every day, noon until night. Enjoy!
I've been here a couple of times, and it's a good spot to enjoy a huge hot chocolate, sitting comfortably in an armchair, and watching the street through the window. The "water walls" still help to create a calm environment, but recently it has changed from something relaxed and sophisticated, to crazy and lively, with the addition of a karaoke bar. Young and old alike are here, singing French and international hits. You can still enjoy a coffee or a nice dinner (good main courses for 10 euros, and a selection of ice creams), though.
A handy place for anyone visiting the Old Town. Here you'll find all kinds of pasta with different sauces and salads. Open for lunch and dinner, it offers reasonably priced menus: for less than 10 euros, you can enjoy a big salad, dessert and drink, or a pasta dish, dessert and drink. It has a friendly atmosphere and good location.
Asian cuisine, a short walk from the station, in a friendly, family-run environment. The staff are charming, the food is good and reasonably priced, and there's a big variety of vegetarian dishes and delicious cocktails.