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Languedoc – France

MONTPELLIER

  • De La Luce Nicely edited concept store stocking all sorts from stylish Japanese china to chic Christmas decorations. (2 rue St-Come / +33 4 67 06 90 75 / www.delaluce.com)
  • L’Anguille Sous Cloche – Excellent restaurant in Lunel, a 15-minute drive east of Montpellier. (42 rue Roger Salengro, 34400 Lunel / +33 4 67 22 38 47 / anguillesouscloche@hotmail.fr)
  • Le Pastis Housed in Montpellier’s old quarter, Le Pastis has a gorgeous sun-bathed terrace located at the corner opening of a pretty and tranquil square in the shadow of a beautiful church.  The food is exciting and perfectly executed, while the wine list is strong and reasonably priced.  (Carre Sainte Anne, 3 rue Terral / +33 4 67 66 37 26  / www.le-pastis.fr)
  • Linette Super-cute concept store-cum-gallery. (5 rue Sainte-Anne / +33 9 81 05 39 75 / galerie.linette@gmail.com)
  • SquareFashion and home wares boutique. (5 rue du petit Saint Jean / +33 4 67 66 32 73 / contact@boutique-square.com)

SETE

  • Le Cottage Nice little bar on the canal with double deck chairs: perfect to catch the last few rays of the day as the sun sets. (3, quai Leopold Suquet)
  • Le Grand Hotel There’s a distinct lack of hotels in Sete but this grande old dame stands gloriously at the intersection of the canal and while not all the rooms are contemporary in style, it’s a charming place to stay for a night or two. (17 quai de Tessigny, 34200 Sete / +33 4 67 74 71 77 / www.legrandhotelsete.com)
  • Paris Mediterranee – One of Sete’s best restaurant, it’s lively and always busy, even on a Tuesday evening so book ahead. (47 rue Pierre Semard / +33 4 67 74 97 73)

BEZIERS (and around)

  • Chateau Les Carrasses Newly opened ‘residences’ within a beautifully restored 19th century chateau about 20-minutes by car west of Beziers.  See post for more info. (Route du Capestang, between Quarante and Capestang, near Beziers / +33 4 67 00 00 67 / www.lescarrasses.com)
  • Cave Saint Martin With stunning views across the Orb River, this is a pretty place to stop and share some tapas-style dishes and a glass of local wine in Roquebrun, the ‘petit Nice’ of Languedoc.  (26 avenue du Roc de L’Estang, 34460 Roquebrun / +33 4 67 24 56 49 / www.lacavesaintmartin.fr)
  • La Tour Sarrasine The lucky locals of this bucolic village nestled along the pretty and peaceful canal du midi flock to this neighbourhood restaurant for good reason.  Expect well conceived starters and good main courses for reasonable prices.  (27 boulevard Paul Riquet, 34310 Poilhes / +33 4 67 77 06 97 / la toursarrasine@gmail.com)
  • Les Ecluses – Le Fooding style family-run restaurant, just south of Capestang, on the way to Narbonne, serving good regional and simple food.  (20 Grand’Rue, Salleles D’Aude 11590 / +33 4 68 46 94 47)
  • L’Instant Plage – One of the chicest beach bars and restaurants on Serignan Plage. (34410 Serignan-plage / +33 4 99 41 52 60)
  • Vinecole British wine guru, Matthew Stubbs, runs a wine centre based at one of the region’s best domaines, Domaine Gayda, between Limoux and Carcassonne.  Check out Road to Moscow and the estate’s Picpoul white. (Domaine Gayda, Chemin de Moscou, 11300 Brugairolles / +33 4 68 31 64 14 / +33 6 42 42 50 41 / www.vinecole.com)