The French food culture revolves around eating out a lot. It’s a big part of their social life, meeting often at restaurants for a rendezvous with family and friends. To cater for this, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat has an abundance of beautiful restaurants, perched on the waterfront and carved into the rocky coast. With an unmistakable charm, it’s no wonder we want to recreate this idyllic dining experience back in the comfort of our own homes. Here’s how.

The first step to recreating one of those dreamy long lunches is to take time and slow down. The French live by the notion that food, family and friends are all meant to be savoured. When it comes to the table, decorate with purpose and sophistication. Choose a blue colour scheme with Bernardaud plates, reminiscent of the French Riviera’s crystal clear waters.

It’s a common French rule that you should always display a bouquet of pretty fresh flowers on the table. Use a statement Baccarat crystal vase to create a stunning centerpiece. While it’s an easy way to add charm and elegance, it also sets the scene for a delightful meal to come.

If there’s one thing that’s essential to serve during breakfast, lunch or dinner, it’s cheese! Indulge in Christofle silver platters, delicately poised with generous helpings of French cheese. Normally, lunch is the largest meal of the day, giving a perfect excuse for cheese and bread to be sandwiched between each course.

When hosting, ensure to have coffee ready and waiting for the entirity. In Cap-Ferrat and indeed all of France, un petit café is desired at all times of the day. Serve in beautifully crafted Dolce & Gabbana cups alongside something sweet for the perfect pairing.