The flavours of this region are so evocative of the sun drenched local produce;
ratatouille, garlicky aioli, seafood bouillabaisse, bourride, tapenade, anchoiade all embody the rich and sunny flavours that contribute to making Provencal cuisine internationally renowned.
On a quest for fresh, local and seasonal products, we recommend the Farmers market taking place every Tuesday morning on the Clémenceau Square. You can choose to shop at the market itself, or to buy products from the local delis on the narrow stone streets, where you will encounter a wide selection of delicious local products to be eaten straight away or brought back to home:
olives, cured meats, pates, cheeses, olive oil, basil, thyme, rosemary, olives, fresh fruits and vegetables…
La Casa Bis, is one of several cafes and restaurants in the atmospheric Place Massillon in Hyeres Ville. The cafe’s terrace, in the middle of this heartbreakingly pretty medieval square, features chairs and sofas, which are both comfy and shocking pink! The pink theme matches the flowers and napkins on the wooden tables and the interior’s colourful decor. The menu offers pizzas, moules frites, and giant salads; the typical nicoise salad of the region being eclipsed by a wonderful seafood one, and a duck breast with foie gras salad.
The wine is divine, it goes without saying! We are in South of France after all when the sun shines and makes beautiful grapes in near by regions.
We are fans of white wine for summer lunches and evenings, suggesting Château Farambert, Château Sainte Marguerite from A.O.P. Côtes de Provence, Picpoul-de-pinet,Miraval Rosé 2015 Côtes de Provence, Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay Viognier 2014/2015 PGI Pays d’Oc…to mention few.
Some of the fabulous rose from served in local restaurants would be Domaine de l’Escarelle and Palm Domaine de la Baratonne.There are some wonderful vineyards in near distance to visit such Chateau de Beaucastel, Chateau la Canorgue in Provence.
At the the far side of the square is the Saint Blaise Tower, built by the Knights Templar in the 12th century for military and religious purposes. It was used as a granary hall in the 18th century, and as the city’s town hall in the 19th century. The tower is now a cultural landmark, and regularly hosts temporary exhibitions, it’s wall provides a space for dramatic dinner time screenings of the Hyeres festival fashion show after dark.
The highlight of the Hyeres gastronomic experience has to be the wonderfully stylish Le Marais restaurant and bar, on the beach at Boulevard de la Marine.Le Marais was the venue for the Festival Digital Think Tank during the 2016 Festival, and we just had to return on our last day to sample the tuna salad!