La Musardière
The talented young team at La Musardière. Image © The Social Food, Alma Olene

Just steps from Monet’s house and gardens in the heart of picturesque Giverny, this hotel-restaurant is ideal for a meal before or after a visit. Chef Benjamin Revel cooks a menu signed by Michelin one-star chef David Gallienne, which changes seasonally and offers excellent value for money, especially the three-course €23 lunch menu.

The pleasant dining room, with its contemporary décor and bare oak tables, brings welcome gastronomic modernity to Giverny, too, with starters like a coddled egg with rocket, walnuts and Neufchâtel cheese; mains like sea bream marinated in leek oil with shellfish and mashed potatoes, or pork prepared like a pastille, the layered Moroccan savoury pastry dish, with pumpkin, hazelnuts and curcuma; and a Norman cheese plate, cheesecake with pumpkin and quince or a poached pear with chocolate sauce, sesame and whipped cream to finish the meal. Reservations strongly advised.

123 rue Claude Monet, Tel. (33) 02-32-21-03-18,

From France Today magazine

La Musardière.
Culinary masterpieces are served up at La Musardière in Giverny. Image © The Social Food, Alma Olene
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Alexander Lobrano
Alexander Lobrano grew up in Connecticut, and lived in Boston, New York and London before moving to Paris, his home today, in 1986. He was European Correspondent for Gourmet magazine from 1999 until its closing, and has written about food and travel for Saveur, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, Travel & Leisure, Departures, Conde Nast Traveler, and many other publications in the United States and the United Kingdom. He is the author of HUNGRY FOR PARIS, 2nd Edition (Random House, 4/2014), HUNGRY FOR FRANCE (Rizzoli, 4/2014), and MY PLACE AT THE TABLE, newly published in June 2021.