One of the world’s most famous resort towns, Saint-Tropez is known as the ‘playground for the rich and famous’. With an emphasis on its beaches, luxury yachts, fine dining and designer boutiques, St. Tropez has a lot to offer to those seeking to enjoy the South of France at its finest. It’s hard to imagine that a little more than 60 years ago it was a sleepy fisherman’s village. In the 1920s St. Tropez became popular with famous fashion designers, such as Coco Chanel, but it wasn’t until the release of “And God Created Woman” in 1956, starring Brigitte Bardot, that St. Tropez was put on the world map as one of the hottest travel destinations.
In fact, there is one more thing we should thank Brigitte for. Back in 1955, while working on “And God Created Woman”, the film crew dined daily at a beach shack which belonged to a local family. Soon after, the owners registered their new business and called it Le Club 55 which became the first ever beach restaurant in Saint-Tropez. As a result of their successful initiative, the iconic Pampelonne beach is now home to numerous private beach clubs. These are our top 6 recommended beach restaurants you should head to next time you’re in St. Tropez.
Le Club 55
The legendary Club 55, or simply “cinquante cinq”, is the one that started it all on Pampelonne, a 4.5 km strip of beautiful white sandy beach near Saint-Tropez. Named after the year it was founded, and being a celebrity hotspot ever since, it remains delightfully down-to-earth as an ode to its humble beginnings. “The customer is not a king here… he is a friend” is the philosophy of this casual al fresco restaurant with white chairs and blue table linens. Its menu includes a variety of meat, fish and seafood dishes as well as salads, desserts and, of course, an endless supply of chilled bottles of Côte de Provence rosé. In short, you will find everything that you’d expect to see on a menu while relaxing under the Mediterranean sun.
La Réserve à la Plage
Launched in 2019, this stylish family friendly beach club was designed by Philippe Starck and is owned by the exclusive five star hotel, La Réserve Rematuelle. Whether you’d like to spend a lazy day at the beach watching the boats pass by or enjoy an idyllic dinner before heading into the famous club scene in Saint-Tropez, there is something for everyone at La Réserve à la Plage. The beach club and restaurant offer a chic, relaxed bohemian ambiance. Guests can enjoy a glass of champagne at the bar during sunset with a live DJ set in the background. The restaurant’s menu was created by the hotel’s Michelin-starred chef, Eric Canino, in collaboration with the chef of La Réserve à la Plage. The menu celebrates Mediterranean cuisines and offers beautiful meat dishes, fresh grilled seafood and local seasonal vegetables.
Nikki Beach St. Tropez, celebrating its 18th birthday this year, is one of the most talked about hotspots on the Pampelonne. International celebrities and jet setters come here to enjoy its unique and vibrant party atmosphere. Don’t be surprised if you see a movie star right beside you, bronzing on the oversized white daybed, sipping an exotic cocktail and chilling to the tunes of a world-class DJ – in two words, celebrating life (and this phrase happens to be Nikki’s slogan and philosophy). The restaurant’s menu proposes dishes that reflect the signature flavors of all the countries Nikki Beach is located in around the world. It’s also known for its healthy salads, rotisserie chicken and large sharing plates like the signature sushi boat, which is a must-try, especially if paired with a cocktail or the finest champagne.
The beach club and restaurant Les Palmiers remains one of the trendiest hotspots in St. Tropez and amassed a loyal clientele over the years. Known for its great ambiance, cocktails and shisha bar, this is a great place to enjoy bottomless champagne with friends. What can you find on the menu there? Classic Mediterranean cuisine using the freshest produce of the highest quality – a variety of salads, fish and seafood, meat dishes, and southern Italy style pasta.
Under its colorful pergola, Moorea combines a private beach, restaurant, bar, shops and a wellness area with hairdresser and massage therapists all in one. Framed by pine trees, it is the perfect beach club in Saint-Tropez for those looking for friendly laid-back atmosphere, good music, tasty food and delicious cocktails. The restaurant’s cuisine is best described as “no frills” Mediterranean, offering French food at its best as well as some Asian-inspired dishes. Come here for a casual lunch, dinner or drinks with family and friends and enjoy the sounds of waves, the songs of cicadas and your feet in the sand.
After the success of various restaurants in the U.S., Brazil and St. Barths, the founders opened Bagatelle on the famous Pampelonne beach in Saint-Tropez. Bagatelle is a trendy beach club and restaurant known for its great music and festive vibes. What can you find on the menu there? Classic Mediterranean dishes cooked using only the freshest produce from local farmers – a variety of salads, fish and seafood, meat dishes, pasta and sushi. In addition you can, of course, order caviar because nothing could pair more beautifully with bottomless champagne at Bagatelle, from dusk till dawn.