Restaurant Ciel de Nîmes serves great food up in the air

By September 7, 2018RESTAURANT, TO EAT

Being a tourist in my own country, I like to go to the historical city of Nîmes. As I am somewhat picky (very picky chéri would say…) regarding restaurants, I did some research before we went. I came across the interesting looking restaurant Ciel de Nîmes, which is on the third floor of the Musée d’Art Contemporain. A definite highlight when you’re looking for good food combined with a fantastic view!


The view on the famous La Maison Carrée is unbeatable, and I can inform you that the at Ciel de Nîmes food is delicious too. I thought it might be a tourist trap, but none of that. The elegant and contemporary restaurant serves freshly made food using the best local products the area is known for. During the week, they offer a very decently priced menu called “Formules du Jour”. Chéri felt like having oysters, so he ordered the “Menu à la carte”, where he could choose what he wanted. And I had the three-course formula menu, with a fresh goat cheese chestnut cream wrapped in green and yellow zucchini as the starter of the day.


We were sitting front row, and I couldn’t stop saying how exceptional the view was. As it was scorching hot outside and our reserved table was on the terrace canopy, I was afraid we would melt away. Luckily, the terrace canopy is covered by sun protection blinds, and the patio misters sent us some refreshment now and then! To continue our lunch, chéri had a beautiful tuna steak and my main of the day served a delicious dorado fillet.

Chocolate mousse

For dessert, we both could choose à la carte, and we both went for “la mousse au chocolat noir, caramel beure salé, chantilly au café fort et biscuit Breton”. A mouth full, I was expecting a big dessert! However, the chocolate mousse, salted caramel, strong coffee-flavoured whipped cream and Breton cookie came in a rather small glass. No disappointment though, as the flavours were spot-on. We didn’t have time to visit the contemporary art museum, which looked very interesting – and cool! – so we’ll be back soon!


You’ll find the restaurant Ciel de Nîmes on the third (= last) floor of Le Carré d’Art in which the Musée d’Art Contemporain is located as well. The staircase is pretty cool, but you can take the elevator (not the one in the main hall, there is a special one left in the back, only used to go to the restaurant). For a place like this, the bill was chill!


You can try to park nearby, we were lucky. Otherwise, you will find a paid parking lot called “Parking Maison Carrée”.

Ciel de Nîmes
16 place de la Maison Carrée
+33 (0)6 66 36 71 70


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