Naples plays host to visitors from around the globe, including many Europeans who now call Naples their home away from home.
So it’s not surprising to find superb continental food throughout the community, most notably French cuisine. The elegant downtown area has predictably elegant French restaurants, but many of the small bistros along Tamiami Trail North get rave reviews as well.
Breakfast and Lunch
Fancy a fresh-baked croissant for breakfast? Grain de Cafe (on Tamiami Trail North, just off Vanderbilt Beach Road) is delighting visitors, getting reviewed in magazines as far north as Baltimore. The homemade French pastries are tempting, but so are the soups, salads, crepes and traditional French sandwiches. The cafe serves both espresso drinks and wine.
You’ll find Cafe Chic in Venetian Village on Golf Shore Boulevard and also on 9th Street South in Old Naples. They offer croissants, sandwiches, salads, and crepes — and French onion soup, plus a wide range of hot and cold cafe drinks.
Bleu Provence on 8th Street South (Crayton Cove) is known for its traditional approach, with classic dishes from duck leg confit to filet mignon. The restaurant’s wine cellar is renowned for its size and variety.
Cafe Normandie A perennial winner of Best of the Gulf Shore dining awards. On Tamiami Trail North near Park Shore, the cafe serves classic lunches (quiches, soups, salads, and sandwiches) and dinners (boeuf Bourguignon, rack of lamb). Desserts include crepes and creme brûlée.
Chez Boet French Home Cooking on 12th Avenue South recaptures the experience of dining in a rustic, family-style environment in the French countryside. They take advantage of local ingredients, including seafood, to make classic French fare; desserts include chocolate fondue.
Cote d’Azur — True to its name, Cote d’Azur (on Tamiami Trail North) specializes in the dishes from the south of France. Expect scallops, lobster, and turbot (as well as traditional pork, veal, lamb and beef dishes), in elegant presentations.
Escargot 41 on Tamiami Trail North in the Park Shore Shopping Center offers a full range of classic French dishes — with, of course, plenty of snails.
French American Bistro on Piper Boulevard (beside Immokalee Road) is one of the less expensive French dining options in Naples, and has enthusiastic reviews from travelers. Look for the two-course dinner specials that include a glass of wine.
Le Lafayette on Third Street is one of the prettiest restaurants in Naples — in an airy South Florida building decorated in a cheery French style. They do Sunday brunch, lunches, and dinners. If you are there on a Sunday or weeknight, look for the early-evening tasting menu.
Restaurant Bonjour (formerly Mimi’s Cooking) is tucked away in the Orange Pine Plaza. This small bistro serves lunches and dinners and offers some very nice wines by the glass (as well as by the bottle).
Stay in a Naples Vacation Rental
More than just a beach town, Naples offers cosmopolitan attractions, like 5th Ave. If you prefer more outdoorsy options, try a visit to a Naples Beach or a deep sea fishing excursion.
Conveniently, Naples is near a major airport (RSW), making it easy to book a flight from almost anywhere. Naples Florida Vacation Homes are only minutes away from some of the best beaches in Florida (listed here).