Where to Eat & Drink in Arras
Dining in France is a gastronomical delight, however outside of the larger cities, meal times are limited. Lunch is served from 12 pm - 2 pm and dinner from 7 pm and many restaurants are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Below is a small selection of my preferred places to eat and drink in Arras; best options for picnic lunches and of course pastries
(1 Place des Heroes)
As the French say, this is my "coup de coeur”!
Located at the foot of the Hotel de Ville and Belfry, this cozy wine bar offers a wide selection of wine and champagne by the glass or bottle and in the summer, there’s nothing like spritz on the terrace where you can enjoy the atmosphere of the Place des Heroes. Try a platter of charcuterie and cheese, terrine or saucisson sec; the chocolate fondu is to die for. Celine and Bertrand are fabulous hosts and have extensive knowledge of their products, (being sommeliers), and will be happy to recommend a wine that suits your taste. If you are planning a few months in advance, you can inquire about their wine courses offered on Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings, (classes are booked up months in advance), or book a private course for your group of 10 - 12 people.
Open: Tuesday - Saturday (early closure on Tuesdays for wine course)
Closed: Sunday & Monday
Reservations highly recommended Thursday - Saturday evenings
T: +33 3 61 11 10 83
(8 rue de la Taillerie)
This cool beer bar located between the Place des Heroes and the Grand Place offers a menu of more than 70 beers, all from the local area and Belgium. A limited selection is on tap, including a revolving “beer of the moment”. There are many in bottle only, but use the glass, every beer here has it’s own glass to bring out the flavour of the beer. While they don’t serve meals, you can order a platter of saucisson sec and / or cheese to accompany your brew. Be forewarned that the beer is stronger over here, starting at 6%, to the Trappists which can go up to 12% or sometimes 14%. Try the Corne du Bois des Pendus, (10%), because the glass is cool.
Open: Tuesday - Sunday from 3 pm
(30 Rue de la Taillerie)
This new upscale bar offers regional artisanal (craft) beers in an elegant setting along with a selection of wines. The draft beers change on a regular basis and they have a nice selection of bottled beer and simple sharing platters of ham and cheese. Cozy seating areas are available on the upper floor, bar seating on the main level, but on a nice day, nothing beats the outdoor terrace.
Follow their facebook page for news on their beer courses!
Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 5 pm
(43 Grand Place)
Located in the magnificent Grand Place of Arras, this charming restaurant offers regional cuisine and a menu that changes often to provide a unique dining experience each time. If you have never tried steak tartare, I highly recommend you do so here. I would never have thought that I would ever eat raw meat, but l’Entre Nous changed my mind and it is now one of my favourite dishes. Daily lunch specials from Tuesday - Friday.
Reservations recommended: +33 3 91 19 68 55
Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday
Closed: Sunday evening & Monday
(13 rue des Balances)
This tiny tucked away restaurant is my new special occasion spot. From starter to dessert, there is definitely something “afowl” on the menu which is centred around eggs and fowl. I highly recommend the chocolate egg for dessert, it’s an experience, and the tart tatin is to die for. Daily lunch specials from Monday - Friday.
Reservations highly recommended (requests can be made online)
Lunch: Monday - Friday 12 pm - 2:30 pm
Dinner: Friday & Saturday 7:15pm - 9:30 pm
(24 rue des Trois Visages)
Just around the corner from the Hotel de Ville and Belfry you will find the best wood-fired pizza in the city and if you don’t feel like dining in, you can order pizza for take out. Pastas and salads also available. Set-price menu available at lunch on weekdays.
Open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, - Saturday
from 12 pm - 1:45 pm & from 7 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed: Wednesday and Sunday
Reservations recommended: +33 3 21 23 79 50
(10 rue des Balances)
Just off the Place des Heroes, this charming restaurant offers a small menu that changes with the seasons. From Monday - Friday they also offer a very cost effective set menu during the lunch hour, (12pm - 2pm).
Lunch: Monday - Friday
Dinner: Friday & Saturday
Reservations recommended +33 3 21 71 94 69
(56 Grand Place)
Located in the spectacular Grand Place, this beef restaurant offers a set-price menu with an amuse-bouche, starter salad, sirloin steak grilled to your taste, served with a delicious house sauce and all you can eat homemade fries. Tartar and surf & turf options also available. Not the place for vegetarians.
Open daily for lunch and dinner
Reservations recommended +33 3 21 15 11 51
(10 rue Gambetta)
This warm and friendly vegetarian restaurant is located just down the street from the train station. The only place in town that offers vegan options, (the French love their butter, cream, eggs and cheese), and their hummus is to die for. The menu is mediterranean inspired and changes seasonally. The food is delicious and non-vegetarians should not count it out.
Lunch: Monday - Saturday
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday
Reservations recommended: +33 3 21 22 89 63
Petite Maison d'Arras
(11 rue des 3 Visages)
Best pain au chocolat and croissants in town, go early or you might miss out. Also nice selection of desserts and chocolate, I love the chocolate flemish houses, they make great gifts.
Tuesday - Sunday
7:30 am to 7 pm (closes at 1:30 pm on Sunday)
(18 Place Guy Mollet)
Best bread in town, and quite a variety! Baguette à la tradition is perfect to pair with your cheese, go early for best selection.
Monday - Saturday:
7:30 am to 7:30 pm (closes at 2 pm on Saturday)
5 Rue Désiré Delansorne
This is my favourite place for desserts! The selection of individual, magnificent patisseries in this little bakery next to the Belfry is the best in the centre of Arras. They taste as good as they look, so get a few to sample at leisure. Also a good option for baguettes when Cori is closed, and for viennoiseries when La Petite Maison is closed.
Open daily from 8:00 am to 7:30 pm
(2 rue de Petit Chaudron)
Located across from the Place du Theatre, this bakery has the best sandwiches and macarons in town. Get there before lunch for best sandwich selection; their “formule” includes a sandwich or mini-quiche, select desserts and beverage. Good luck choosing a macaron, too many flavours!
Tuesday to Sunday:
7:30 am to 7:30 pm (Closes at 1 pm on Sunday, no sandwiches)
(4 Rue Eugène François Vidocq)
Next to La Dame Jeanne, this cheese shop and deli is bursting with cheese from the local area as well as from other regions of France and abroad. Also check out their charcuterie selection house-made patés, fresh pasta and other pre-prepared dishes in the traiteur section. Nice selection of wine and spirits; spices, and aperitif essentials.
Monday: 3 pm - 7:00 pm
Tuesday - Friday 9:30 am - 1 pm & 3 pm - 7:15 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 1:30 pm & 2:30 pm - 7 pm
(14 Rue Eugène François Vidocq)
This little wine shop offers an excellent selection of wine, champagne and spirits. Here you can get a very decent wine for a very decent price. The owner provides personal attention to each client, so when it is busy patience is required.
Tuesday - Saturday
10 am - 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Closed: Sunday & Monday
Le Cellier des Arcades
( 8 Rue de la Taillerie)
This little shop next to Baramousse offers a stunning variety of regional and Belgian beer and the matching glasses, (each beer has its own glass, no drinking from the bottle). Note that you will need to chill your beer before drinking, no beer cooler here.
Monday: 3 pm - 6:30 pm
Tuesday - Saturday:
9:30 am - 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
(Rue Eugène François Vidocq)
Next to La Petite Maison you will find this small grocery store offering regional products from fresh fruits and vegetables, deli and meats, dairy and preserves. They also have a nice selection of local beers and can do a gift basket of products of your choice. This is a great place to shop if you miss out on the weekly markets.
Monday: 2:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Tuesday - Friday:
9:30 am - 12:30 pm & 2:30 - 7:130 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 7 pm