Regent Seven Seas’ Seven Seas Explorer docks in Saint-Tropez this month en route to Monte Carlo. The ship’s concierge, Phil Leech, shares the French Riviera town’s secrets with Samantha O’Brien.
Where should I go to stretch my legs?
Head to the old port, Vieux Port – it’s more than a must-do. Start off on the east side and walk towards the Tour du Portalet (the Portalet Tower) on the opposite side and you’ll get to admire the harbour from different angles. Once you reach the 15th-century tower, the walk up a flight of stairs offers magnificent views.
Where can I get a decent coffee?
Le Café (5 Place des Lices; +33 4 94 97 44 69) is a great place to enjoy coffee away from the tourists. With a bit of luck, locals may be playing boules in the square right in front. Be sure to have a peek inside, admire the superb 19th-century décor and be tempted to return for a cocktail.
What’s a great place for lunch?
Very much off the beaten track, Restaurant L’Olive (11 rue Aire du Chemin; +33 4 94 97 09 21) has a shaded terrace for alfresco dining. It’s a lovely place to have a quiet lunch, as most visitors on their way to Citadelle de Saint-Tropez rarely look into pedestrian alleys.
Where should I go to have a drink?
Saint-Tropez’s Old Town is a hotspot where locals and visitors end up rubbing shoulders. The retro Bar Du Port (9 Quai Suffren; +33 4 94 97 00 54), located right in the heart of the flamboyant Vieux Port, is a great spot to enjoy some food and delicious cocktails.
Where should I go to shop?
The most famous luxury brands are all in the Old Town. A few narrow streets, such as rue Georges Clemenceau, are lined with souvenir and local-craft shops. But the best boutiques are on rue Gambetta, which starts by Vieux Port and ends in Place des Lices, where you’ll find an open-air market every Tuesday and Saturday morning.
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