5 cheap eats on the French Riviera

Visit lesser-known spots for stunning scenery, sunshine and fabulous cuisine without the high prices. We've picked our top 5 foodie things to do on a budget.

Beach near pine forest on Porquerolles island

The French Riviera has long been one of the world’s most desirable destinations, famed for its limitless sunshine, beautiful scenery, miles of golden beaches and, of course, fantastic food. However, with the super yachts of Cannes and the glamour of St Tropez, the Côte d’Azur has also garnered a reputation for being the preserve of the rich and famous, so it’s unlikely to be in most travellers’ minds when considering a budget seaside break.

But while the international glitterati descend on these well-known centres, French holidaymakers have long been in on a secret, opting for the quieter resorts of Hyères and the Golden Isles. By following their example, you’ll escape the crowds and still experience a top-notch gourmet getaway with gorgeous views at a fraction of the price.

Large town square in Hyeres with cafes, surrounded by housing

Read our five tips on where to sample the best local cuisine this region has to offer for travellers on a budget:

1. Les P’tits Plats

Mini toasts topped with sliced ham and basil leaves

Les P'tits Plats is a fantastic deli on the island of Porquerolles – the perfect place to stock up on picnic items to take to the beach for a relaxed lunch or dinner. Choose from a range of pâtés, olives, salads and breads.

2. Domaine Perzinsky Vineyard

French vineyard

Once you’ve got your picnic ready, head over to Domaine Perzinsky, one of Porquerolles’ winemakers, where you can try before you buy. A chilled bottle of the fruity rosé is hard to beat on a hot summer’s day.

3. La Cave Massillon

Wine bottles on a barrel in a room with tables and chairs

A charming wine bar in the centre of Hyères, La Cave Massillon is the perfect spot for a casual dinner of local charcuterie and cheese, plus a few glasses of Provençal wine. It draws a local crowd and has live music at weekends.

4. Golden Isles Market

Boxes of tomatoes on the vine in a market stall

On Saturday mornings in Hyères, market stalls stretch out along the length of Avenue Gambetta, offering a wide range of local cheeses, olives, fruits, vegetables, pastries and much more.

5. Boulangerie Fuselier

French breadsticks

Expect to queue at this popular bakery on Avenue Gambetta in Hyères, where locals wait for freshly baked breads, quiches, cakes and pastries.

Discover more foodie travel tips at our travel hub.

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Have you ever been to the French Riviera? Do you have any tips? Leave a comment below...

All recommendations have been reviewed and approved as of July 2018 and will be checked and updated annually. If you think there is any incorrect or out-of-date information in this guide, please email us at goodfoodwebsite@bbc.com.

Photography credits: GETTY, Joel Porter, Hyères Tourisme.

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