About an hours drive from Villard Reculas is Grenoble at the base of the spectacular French Alps.
We arrived in Grenoble around 11am which gave us enough time to explore the historic centre of the city before finding somewhere for lunch to shelter us from the blistering midday sun.
Grenoble is compact and quite flat in the city centre so it was an easy walk. Great architecture and nice parks make it a pleasant walk – just watch out for the trams!
There’s a town square of sorts called Place Grenette close to the Jardin de Ville (Town Garden) which has dozens of restaurants around the square with several of the larger ones having tents in the square itself for you to sit under while you dine.
One of the larger establishments with a good menu that suited all 3 of us was Cafe Leffe so we decided to eat here under the tent. Some of the tents have water mist sprinklers to keep you cool, unfortunately not Cafe Leffe but we did get some relief from the adjacent cafe when the breeze was right.
Cafe Leffe is a chain of cafes across France and Belgium and the menu is standard across the chain.
As you can guess Leffe brand beers are prominent on the menu, as well as a number of other beers if Trappist beer isn’t your thing.
I chose a Leffe Ruby to rehydrate with.
For my meal I ordered a double Leffe Burger (around 300g of meat all up!) with cheese that came with a serving of chips. It was absolutely HUGE and a struggle to finish.
For a pub meal it was decent and not overly expensive given the tourist area that we were in.
After lunch we caught the cable car upto La Bastille which is definitely worth a visit for an hour or so. You can see the world famous Mont Blanc in the distance.