Where to eat out in Tours Loire Valley

Written by on May 16, 2019 in Centre

Riverside restaurant in Tours, Loire Valley where the locals love to go at night

Tours has many restaurants to choose from but we’ve picked just a few which the locals recommend. Top of the wine list are the local Touraine wines. Choose from fruity reds, lively and aromatic whites, fresh and delicate rosés and superb sparkling wines. So, if you want to know where to eat out in Tours – read on!

Wine and Dine in Tours

Place Plumereau in Tours is filled with tables and chairs from bars and restaurantsLocals Love: Le Bistrot des Belles Caves, a cosy bistro that dishes up French classics as well as gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options. There’s a superb wine list – choose from 1200 different bottles. On sunny days, book the terrace. (23 Rue du Commerce)

Wine and dine: The restaurant of Chateau Belmont is beautiful. With a gorgeous terrace, set in a park with lovely views of the 17th century castle. The food is seasonal, classic with a modern twist and delicious. There’s also a lovely bar where you can enjoy cocktails and aperitifs with tapas. (57 Rue Groison).

Summer special: From May to September La Guingette de Tours sur Loire is the place to go. A summer festival with a great restaurant area (booking in advance is essential). You’ll find it alongside the river (Quai de la Loire) where over the course of four months more than 100 concerts and shows take place. There’s also mini golf, petanque and more leisure activities. Details at the tourist office.

Aperitif heaven: Place Plumereau. Voted the best square in France for apertifs by the French! Actually it’s good all day whether its for your morning coffee, a lazy lunch, aperitifs or a delicious dinner! The locals call it “Place Plum”…

Markets in Tours

There are several markets in Tours, you’ll find one from Tuesday to Sunday somewhere (the tourist office and their website has details). There’s a flower market, flea market (Place Victoire) and a craft market on Saturday. More than 150 years old, Les Halles is the belly of Tours dishing up fabulous local produce 7 days a week.

Gourmet shops in Tours

Historic cobbled street in Tours with many half timbered houses and colourful shops and restaurants

Ice ice baby: Tutti Gusti just off Place Plumereau where you’ll find a scrumptious selection of ice creams, sorbets and crepes  which you can scoff under the watchful eye of medieval characters carved into the wooden frame of the ancient building.

Cake my day: There are a dozen chocolateries in Tours and just as many Patisseries. Artisan made delightful cakes and chocolate creations. Head to Patisserie Nicolas Leger for absolutely delicious artisan made cakes that are like tiny edible works of art and hand-made chocolates (59 Place du Grand Marché).

Bake my day: The locals say that the best place for artisanal bread is in the quartier les Halles where there are several excellent boulangeries including L’atelier du Talemelier (30 Place Gaston Paillhou)

Fantastic fromage: Local cheeses include log shaped Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine, a a delicious fresh goats milk cheese and Selles-sur-Cher, a disk shaped, slightly nutty-tasting goats cheese.

Rodolphe Le Meunier, master affineur (cheese maturer), Meilleur Ouvrier de France (best artisan in his class) has an amazing array of cheeses (Place Gaston Paillhou).

More on Tours

What to see and do in Tours
The amazing wallpaper studio of Ofard, where the wall coverings are made by centuries old methods
Musée du Compagnonnage – the only one of its kind in the world, dedicated to trades guilds
Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré  – contemporary art gallery, innovative with mesmerising exhibitions.

Practical Information for Tours

Tram & bus service. You can buy a rechargeable bus/tram ticket for €1.60 from a bus driver (including the first journey), which can be recharged at major bus/tram stops for €1.50 per trip or €13 for ten trips. These machines take card and change, but not notes. Simply tap the card on a reader to pay for a journey once on the bus.

Top tip: Book tours of chateaux from the tourist office. Many of the greats are easily accessible from here, Chenonceau, Villandry and Chambord to mention just a few.

Where to stay: Splash out and indulge at the 4* Hotel Oceania L’Univers. This historic hotel has welcome Rockefeller, Roosevelt and Ernest Hemingway amongst many prestigious guests. Wonderfully plush, old school glamour, in a fabulous location and friendly staff. (Parking available).

Great value at Le Grand Tours. There’s a range of rooms styles (and prices) in a terrific art deco building. Friendly staff and conveniently close to Tours station.

Get there: Train from Paris takes a little over an hour.

What to see nearby: Chateau de Chenonceau, the castle of flowers which you can reach by train. You can also take a train to Amboise and Blois from here…

For more information on what to see and do in Tours visit the tourist office: 78-82 Rue Bernard Palissy www.tours-tourism.co.uk

For more information on what to do in the Loire Valley see: www.loirevalley-france.co.ukuk.france.fr

Tags: ,

Related Articles

What to see and do in historic Tours in the heart of the Loire Valley

Tours in the department of Centre is the gateway city to the Loire Valley. It makes for a great base to visit the area. But, it’s a terrific place to visit in its own right with wide and grand avenues, a charming old town and Haussmanesque style architecture mixed with medieval, Renaissance and modern. In […]

Continue Reading

The French Renaissance in the Loire Valley

2019 sees a major celebration of the French Renaissance heritage in the Loire Valley and the Centre-Val de Loire region.  We look at what sparked the French Renaissance and how the key date of 1519 marks the 500th anniversary with a rich programme of events and celebration… What is the French Renaissance? The finale of […]

Continue Reading

What to see and do in Amboise, Loire Valley

Amboise has wow factor by the bucket load. It’s not just the fact that there is a magnificent castle with centuries of history witnessed within it’s walls. It’s not just that the extraordinary Leonardo da Vinci lived his last years here. Or that his home is still there and he is buried in a chapel […]

Continue Reading

The Chateau d’Anet Loire Valley

The Chateau d’Anet, in the town of Anet, in the Centre-Val de Loire, 78km from Paris was the family home of Diane de Poitiers. It’s one of the most beautiful chateaux that you’ve probably never heard of… Chateau d’Anet, the home of Diane de Poitiers Diane de Poitiers was the mistress of King Henri II […]

Continue Reading

What to see and do in Chartres, Loire, France

Chartres is famous for its Gothic cathedral, a majestic masterpiece which totally surpasses expectations in real life. But there’s more to do and see in this ancient town. The best way to visit the ancient streets of Chartres is on foot. A good place to start is the tourist office which is in a Renaissance […]

Continue Reading

Subscribe

If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.

Subscribe via RSS Feed

Comments are closed.

Top