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Gastronomy

Your taste buds will be delighted during your stay with us!


There's so much to discover in Provence! Olive products, seasonal fruit and vegetables, honey, cheeses, traditional recipes...

Gastronomy in the Var: what culinary specialities await you?

Emblematic of the region, olive growing is a must: 142 of the 153 communes in the Var produce olive oil!

In terraces or on the plains, they delight all your senses: there are as many flavors and aromas as there are varieties of olives, and in addition to their oil, producers offer other olive-related products such as tapenade.

Thanks to the diversity of its aromatic plants and the quality of its pollen, the Var is one of France’s leading beekeeping departments. With its varying depths of color, floral, vegetal and gourmet aromas, Provence honey is sure to please.

Why not take advantage of our network of talented chefs?

We have several houses that are also table d’hôtes, favoring fresh, seasonal produce and short circuits to delight you with the culinary riches of our beautiful region. Here they are:

La Maison de Nathalie (Les Mayons); Bastide Selva (La Garde-Freinet); La Bergerie des Oliviers (Meounes-Les-Montrieux); Le Clos d’Alari (Saint-Antonin du Var); Mas de Cotignac (Cotignac); Le Mas de San Lou (Cabasse)

Other local products not to be forgotten: chestnuts, figs and truffles!

The Chestnut

Roasted chestnuts, marrons glacés, jams and creams are all in the spotlight in the Var, particularly in the Massif des Maures where they are widely grown 2000 hectares crossing the communes of Collobrières (the chestnut capital) and La Garde-Freinet. In Collobrières and other surrounding villages, chestnuts are celebrated in October.


Our houses next door:
Bastide Selva (La Garde-Freinet); La Grande Lauzade (Gonfaron); La Maison de Nathalie (Les Mayons)


The fig

As for figs, those grown here benefit from rich soils and an ideal climate, giving them a particularly tangy, sweet taste. Aromas reminiscent of red fruit and melon. Solliès-Pont, the fig capital of the Var region, is home to the appellation d’origine contrôlée “violette de Solliès”. Every year, the fig festival is held on the last weekend of August. On the program: farmers’ markets, large-scale meals, tastings of dishes concocted by chefs, guided tours, masses…

Our houses next door:
La Bergerie des Oliviers (Meounes-Les-Montrieux)


Truffles

Immerse yourself in the world of truffles and their powerful flavor: specialized restaurants, markets, truffle growers… You’ve come to the right place to taste this “fragrant diamond”. The place to go to learn all about this delicacy is the Maison de la Truffe in Aups, in the Verdon region. There’s a museum area, information and events on truffles and local products, and of course a delicatessen store.


Our houses next door:
La Bastide de Notre-Dame (Entrecasteaux); Le Clos d’Alari (Saint-Antonin du Var); Mas de Cotignac (Cotignac).

Explore the Var and discover its many culinary specialities, visit the cultivation sites and stores, meet the producers, follow the itineraries and, above all, delight your palate!

Why not take advantage of our recommendations and good addresses?

Each of our member houses will be happy to point you in the direction of the best restaurants that use the freshest produce possible. 

La Bastide de la Provence Verte (Roquebrussanne) recommends:

  • Les Vignes d’Or, € (Néoules) on the little square, for its authentic, simple, good and not too expensive moules frites.
  • Le Jardin, €€ (Brignoles) for its value for money, perfect for discovering fine dishes, served on its beautiful hidden terrace.
  • La Craie des Mets, €€ (Brignoles), for its varied menu, good food and friendly staff. Nice choice of dishes and very pleasant service.

Maison Saint-Louis (Besse-sur-Issole) suggests:

  • La Remise €, A village institution in Besse-sur-Issole, for its traditional cuisine offering value for money and excellent service.
  • La Grillade du Lac €, also in the village, for its grills and salads, its beautiful view of the lake and its value for money.
  • La Terrasse de Karo €€, for its refined dishes and bistronomic cuisine.

La Bastide Selva (La Garde-Freinet) offers:

  • Le Petit Freinet €€, (La Garde-Freinet), for its refined, local and seasonal French and Asian cuisine using healthy produce. The price is right and most importantly – IT’S GOOD!
  • La Cabane €, (La Garde-Freinet), for family-style cooking, using fresh produce and dishes prepared on site. It’s very good, friendly and offers vegan dishes.
  • La Faucado €€€, (La Garde-Freinet), is very good, with a pleasant atmosphere in a shady garden in summer, or by the fireplace in winter. Enjoy refined cuisine and attentive service.

Le Mas de San Lou (Cabasse) to advise you:

  • Chez Jeannette, €€ (Flassans-sur-Issole), offers gourmet cuisine in a sumptuous setting (open-air art gallery and vineyard) at the Commanderie de Peyrassol, with its beautiful view over the vineyards.
  • Le Jardin Secret, €€ (Cotignac), is a veritable institution located in the heart of the village, offering gourmet cuisine in a magnificent setting.
  • Chez Bruno, €€€ (Lorgues) An atypical restaurant with a Michelin star offers gourmet cuisine, a true paradise for truffle lovers.

La Grande Lauzade (Luc-en-Provence) enjoy:

  • La Bastide des Magnans, €€€ (Vidauban) offers gourmet French cuisine in a beautiful setting, with its garden under old plane trees. Elaborate, tasty local dishes and menus are offered with attentive service. Good value for money and a wide choice of wines.
  • L’Olivade, €€ (Le Luc), offers you its French bistronomic cuisine, using fresh produce that follows the seasons. The dishes are beautifully presented on plates, and served by a friendly team.
  • Le Château St.Roux, €€€ (Le Cannet-des-Maures) will tempt you with its fine cuisine, served on a beautiful wine estate with its own terrace. Local cuisine, beautifully presented and inspired by the chef’s organic vegetable garden, is the basis for his daily menus and à la carte menu, which follow the seasons and use artisanal produce.

La Villa Thalassa (Le Lavandou) recommends:

  • La Farigoulette, €€ (La Fossette), for its refined, original and exquisite Mediterranean cuisine, based on fresh, seasonal produce. In summer, the shady terraces are the perfect place to relax, away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist trade.
  • Le Bistr’eau Ryon, €€ (St-Clair), is a fine gourmet brasserie, offering Mediterranean cuisine on an attractive menu featuring fresh regional produce. All served  on a lovely terrace, with a beautiful sea view.
  • Le Jardin,€€ (Bormes les Mimosas) offers Mediterranean cuisine in an exceptional setting in the old village. Fresh, gourmet market produce. Treat yourself to their magnificent garden with pergola, fountain and typical vegetation, off the beaten track.

La Bergerie des Oliviers (Méounes-Les-Montrieux) suggests:

  • L’auberge des Tuileries, €€ (Forcalquieret), good French cuisine in a beautiful setting with a lovely terrace.
  • L’Estable, €€ (Garéoult) Wood-fired grills with a fine menu featuring quality meat and fish. The setting is attractive, with a pleasant sheltered terrace. Good value for money.
  • La Bella Clara, € (Méounes) offers homemade Italian cuisine. The pizzas are very good and the dishes generous.

Recognized quality...

In the Var, you’ll find no fewer than 13 Michelin-starred restaurants, from one to three stars. They’re all spread out between the coast and inland, so you’ll be sure to try at least one of them when you stay with one of our network members.

We’ve highlighted our nearest homes in purple after each Michelin-starred restaurant on the list below:

Our Provence communes are not to be outdone when it comes to markets:

Farmers’ markets, organic or farmers’, you’ll find delicious local produce, fruit and vegetables from local producers and much more.

In the villages, the terroir is given pride of place with festivities around products such as olives, figs and honey… 

Giant meals are also organized, featuring local specialties such as aioli and sardinade.