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Giverny is not a large village and much of the tourist traffic passes through during the day, as people come on day trips to visit the gardens, so it may be surprising to find that it does have a lovely selection of restaurants and cafes that can offer a variety of choice for both the locals and any visitors. There are a number of independent restaurants around or eateries can be found as part of the hotels and even bed and breakfasts in the area. The location of the restaurant is often the attraction. Many with patios or terraces that overlook beautiful floral gardens and green pastures, eating alfresco whenever the weather allows is an absolute must. Travelling to the outskirts and into the countryside can also increase your selection, the surrounding areas have some lovely restaurants, especially the nearby town of Vernon that has a number that are recommended in the area. Do keep on eye on the opening times as there are a few that do not open on a Sunday night, so you may need to check in advance where is best to go.
Read more on this destination in the AA Keyguide for Normandy.
Recommended restaurants in Giverny
Restaurant Baudy, 81 rue Claude Monet: Once known as the Hotel Baudy, this former boarding house and bar is where Monet met up with Renoir, Sisley, Passaro and Rodin. Now a restaurant and café, the place preserves its 19th-century style. Stop here for a drink,snack or meal, and then explore the bar where the artists gathered, the rose garden and Giverny's first artists studio.
Les Nympheas, 109 Rue Claude Monet: Housed in a former farm, this 'water lilies' restaurant serves traditional Norman cuisine. There is a whole choice of a la carte hot and cold dishes that you can enjoy inside, on the patio or the flowered terrace.
Les Jardins de Giverny, 1 rue du Milieu: Set in a beautiful location and in a house more than 100 years old, this restaurant is a delight. Meals are served beneath a silver dome that keeps them warm and full traditions are followed throughout the service. The chef enjoys serving a delicious mix of food with some tasty dishes from the south of France.
Terra Café, 99 Rue Claude Monet: Found adjoining the Musee D’Art Americain (Museum) but with its own entrance, you will find an appetizing menu on offer here, and when the sun shines you can enjoy your meal on the terrace overlooking the museum gardens. Mainly a lunchtime venue, but at certain times of the year it opens into the evening and is well worth a visit.
L'Esquisse Gourmande, 73 bis Rue Claude Monet: This wonderful restaurant offers tasty food, reasonably priced, throughout the day, provides attentive service and with the walls decorated with original paintings by local artists its is a treat to find.