La Mado

For decent food and a lively atmosphere head to La Mado, opposite the Palais de Justice. You get modern French bistro dishes – steak, lamb, tartare – but you can also go for pretty good sushi. But anyway there is better food in Aix, though not many places as lively – you come to La […]

Le Piquebaure

Contemporary cuisine with inventive use of local produce sets this apart from other Roussillon eateries. The interior is stylish and the outside tables have a lovely view towards Mont Ventoux. Service is attentive and the wine list is strong on local producers. It’s a short walk from the centre, at the bottom of the village. […]


First the location is stunning, on a promontory jutting out into a wonderful view of the ochre cliffs of Roussillon and beyond. Then the food follows suit, it’s at a very good standard, in the Provencal style. In summer the market menu puts tastes and colours of the local markets on a plate, in winter […]

La Table de Gordes

This used to be Club Tartares, and it still does a tartare menu, with all sorts of varieties on the classic steak tartare, even fish tartares and a vegetarian tartare. Now the restaurant has also added tapas, so it is no longer a one-trick pony. It’s a ‘cool’ place by Gordes standards, with something of […]


A delightful contemporary bistro with Mediterranean home-style cuisine that does not give you the feeling that you are a tourist. It’s small with outside tables right in the main square of Gordes by the chateau, and you should book ahead. Strong on meat – the lamb and the duck with chanterelles especially. Dinner menu for […]


A delightful restaurant in vaulted rooms that date back to the 14th century, or on the terrace on the street, where food is of a very good standard and local to the region. Pork slow-cooked for 8 hours, or duck Wellington stuffed with foie gras, both are as mouth-watering on the page as they are […]

Le Fournil

Summer dinners on the lovely terrace of Le Fournil, with its plane trees and fountain, are a rite of passage in the Luberon. The cuisine is a little more sophisticated than a typical Provence-style restaurant, it is Mediterranean-inspired with twists of invention. For example the knuckle of veal is braised with star anis and served […]