Quality Hotel & Suites Nantes Beaujoire
27 rue du Chemin Rouge
Phone: (33) 2 14000789
Fax: (33) 2 14000780
Where food and music meet, Le Podium is its name! A fine dining joint with a Franco-Caribbean ambiance, Podium is reputed for its cabarets and jazz concerts. Every weekend, dinner shows at the Podium attract wide crowds. Reggae, funk, techno, blues and rock music also find expression at Le Podium. A host of parties, weddings, corporate gatherings, seminars and other private events are also held at the Podium. Call ahead for further information.
This Latin American bar close to Place Louis XVI has a crazy South American ambience. Try the excellent tapas and tortillas, drink a house pina colada and then dance the night away until 4 in the morning (the restaurant closes at 3am). A fairly young, cosmopolitan crowd frequents what is undoubtedly one of the best bars of its kind in Nantes.
Set amidst earthy and soothing tones, 4 Sens or 4 Directions in Nantes, is a haven for food lovers. Serving quality meats and salads, this quaint little treasure in the heart of the city is one eye-catcher. The food is sumptuous, the music lively and the ambiance simply entrancing. Apart from organizing live shows and concerts, 4 Sens also features exhibits of on a regulr basis. The restaurant has a decent menu and serves tasty and wholesome fare. Start off with a crispy fresh salad, followed by the delicious Oeuf mayonnaise and the classic Fondue au muscadet ou à l'anjou and end it with the Dame blanche. Enjoy the dulcet tones and notes and wash all this down, with a frothy cup of Irisch coffee. This one surely merits a visit, when in Nantes.
Here you are in a high-quality restaurant whose speciality is the seafood cookery. L'Océanide stands in really nice surroundings, on the banks of the river Erdre and by the Dukes of Brittany Castle. If you are a lover of a slight, salty and excellently fresh cooking, this place was made for you. Specialities from Nantes region are also represented (Beurre Blanc, eels...) and have to be enjoyed with a vintage Muscadet, which is the regional wine.
A quaint little restaurant, Le BPM serves homeground to both some great food and live music. Located along rue Léon Blom, this place is memorable for its live performances. Small parties and functions are also held here beside the regular music scene. Past performers include Demian Clav, Castanets, Tex Napalm and many others. Le BPM is also well known for its range of pizza's and other Italian dishes. The restaurant has an outdoor seating place and has a catering facility as well. Do come here for some coffee, pizza and wonderful music.
This colourful little bistro is just opposite the Château des Ducs de Bretagne. It's a friendly place where regulars enjoy playing cards or having a game of darts to the sound of lively rock 'n' roll. A great place to come to for coffee or for having a drink with friends. Draught beer starts at 14F (EUR 2.13).
Near Place du Pilori in the Bouffay area of the city, this beautiful, old-fashioned café's distinctive blue and yellow façade makes it easy to spot. Having coffee in its delightful interior is a pleasure. The lunchtime menu offers a choice of salads, whilst pasta is served in the evening. Salads are available from 40F (EUR 6.10). A coffee costs 8F (EUR 1.22).
Situated opposite Place du Bouffay's magnificent covered market, this little bistro might not look much during the day but comes to life in the early evening. Its crowd of regulars (which includes a large student clientele on Thursdays and Saturdays) can often make it difficult getting to the bar! A great place in which to spend an evening listening to rock music, the terrace is a big favourite in good weather and pleasant to sit out on either during the day or late into the evening.
It's not clear whether the "yellow" of this restaurant's name refers to its façade or the salted butter that gives their pancakes such unequalled smoothness. In any case this is an establishment often found on the lips of the city's gourmets. Several generations of students and others have been nourished by this well-known crêperie. Whether you choose the complête (ham, egg & cheese), the famous pavé nantais (two buckwheat pancakes), or pavé provencal (nantais with tomato), you'll probably need a walk afterwards! A pavé nantais costs 45F-54F (EUR 6.87-8.24).
The city's best Savoyard restaurant doubles up as a delicatessen offering a wide range of produce from the Alps. The same produce features in the dishes that you can sample in the restaurant and include a dozen or so different types of sausage (including ones smoked with juniper, herbs or bilberries) as well as ham from the region. It's impossible to talk about Savoie without mentioning its delicious cheeses made from unpasteurized milk such as its farmhouse Reblochon, Tomme, Beaufort and cheese used for the typical Savoie dish raclette (melted cheese served with boiled potatoes and cold meats), as well as its white wines and spirits like marc, génépi and trousette. Expect to pay 98F (EUR 14.96) for a raclette and 88F (EUR 13.43) for a fondue. A gourmet dish is available for 55F (EUR 8.39).
Situated in a quiet little street tucked between Cours des 50-Otages and Saint-Nicolas' church, this pleasant café is particularly busy at lunchtime. The menu offers a large choice of grills, omelettes, sandwiches, quiches and salads. Daily dishes include pot-au-feu lorrain on Tuesdays, couscous on Thursdays and fresh fish on Fridays. Games evenings are organized on a regular basis and include card games such as tarot and belote or games of draughts that appeal to a wide age range and are open to all. An out of the ordinary café that's well worth a visit. The dish of the day is available for 50F (EUR 7.63). A coffee costs 7F (EUR 1.06).
Close to Rue du Calvaire, this bar overlooks the stairs bordering Rue de l'Echelle. At the back of the bar is a mezzanine that offers a spectacular view over the city centre. The clientele changes according to the hour, with many regulars at midday and early evening, while lunchtime sees the place fill up with passers-by and office workers. The daily lunchtime menu is good value for money and includes a main dish and dessert. A good place for a break while shopping on Rue du Calvaire. Coffee 7F (EUR 1.06), beer 13F (EUR 1.98), set lunchtime menu 60F (EUR 9.16).