Since 1998, Guy Falco has brought new life to the former public baths of Montpellier, this heritage curiosity having been unfairly shunned until then. The grand and unusual setting does not in the least imply convoluted cooking. Octopus ceviche with lime and Espelette pepper, squid à la plancha, or sea bass with salt crystals and olive oil are the result of a simple, fresh cuisine, where the product, without artifice, takes centre stage.
Seated on the incredible patio, you may imagine yourself in an oasis of freshness, with the canvas of the white parasols so big they look like a camp canopy, and the century old palm trees and the pond at its centre conferring Mediterranean cool. There is a different atmosphere inside, but it's just as appealing, with original exposed brick, oak floors, and velvet lining the seats. Ideal for a late dinner, the tone is comfortable and refined in and out, so which will you choose?
Les Bains de Montpellier
8, rue Richelieu
+33 (0)4 67 60 70 87
Menu: around 27 EUR (lunch); 38 EUR (dinner)