At the foot of the famous Cathar castle of Lastours, in an old textile factory above the Orbiel river, this Michelin-starred treat comes as something of a surprise. Headed by the talented Jean-Marc Boyer, the restaurant serves inventive and artistic néo-classique meals inspired by the seasons and based on local ingredients. Strapped for cash? You can always eat at Boyer's Auberge du Diable au Thym, right next door, for a fraction of the price.
Route des Châteaux, Lastours, 12 km (8 miles) north of Carcassonne, Carcassonne, 11380, France