There is a further cluster of restaurants set into the city walls on Rue U Borgu (between the Porte Genoise and the Bastion de la Porte), each boasting panoramic views across the valley, mountains and Porto-Vecchio harbour.
Porto-Vecchio's ambience during peak season could be described as "relaxed chic", having gained a reputation for lively, sophisticated nightlife without being overly frenetic. Out of season it transforms back into a fairly low-key coastal town.
There is one nightclub in The Old Town, and on the southern outskirts of Porto-Vecchio is the famous and very stylish outdoor nightclub, Via Notte.
Le Roi Theodore (Porte Genoise)
One of Porto-Vecchio's top restaurants, this classy and expensive eatery (located in one of the Genoese entrances to the town) oozes with elegance. The quality of the food, wine and service are excellent. The atmosphere is intimate and there is an attractive terrace. Specialises in sea food.
L'Antigu (Rue Borgu)Located in the row of restaurants in the wall of the Old Town (eastern edge), each boasting terraces with spectacular panoramic view over the gulf. This restaurant serves good quality food, with Corsican dishes and even some vegetarian options. Closed Sunday lunch.
Le Troubadour (Rue General Leclerc)With charming decor and a rustic feel, Le Troubadour specialises in delicious fish and meat dishes. Corsican singing is provided, with jazz at the weekends, adding to the delight of this low-ceilinged, popular eating and music venue.
U Spuntinu (Place de l'Eglise)A superb location, with a terrace right in front of the church in the main square. Salads, omelettes and charcuterie are available. Good, authentic food, if over-priced.
A Cantina di l'Orriu (Cours Napoleon)A local Corsican produce shop, with a fantastic array of quality cheeses, hams, jams, wines and other local specialities. There's a small terrace for eating in and sampling bite-size portions of the delicacies, washed down with Corsican wine.
Sous La Tonnelle (Rue Abbatucci)A gem of a small restaurant in Porto-Vecchio Old Town. Cosy and narrow, with an attractive pavement terrace adorned with vines. Specialises in traditional Corsican dishes. In July and August is only open in the evenings.
La Vigie (Rue Borgu)Specialises in pizza and pasta (pizzas made in an oven in the centre of the restaurant). Great service and reasonable prices.
Chez Anna (Rue Camille de Rocca Serra)A bright trattoria, specialising in pasta dishes. Try the restaurant's renowned "dollari" pasta dish (cream, parmesan cheese and meat).
La Fringale (Cours Napoleon)Fast-food, good for lunches (paninis, salads, burgers, ice cream). Great for children and reasonable prices. Mostly for take-away, with a few places to sit in.
U Corsu (Port de Commerce)On the quayside of the ferry dock, with a sunny waterside terrace, fantastic views of the gulf, port, citadel and the mountains. Specialises in fish and grilled meat, as well as pizzas with homemade tomato sauces. Corsican singing some evenings.
Version Originale (Marina)A modern trendy cafe serving salad and paninis.
A la Marine (Port de Commerce)Popular with both locals and tourists. Great pizzas and sushi, at reasonable prices. Outside terrace.
Tropicana (Port de Commerce)Lively atmosphere, overlooking the port. Delicious lunches and specialises in cocktails and ice-cream.
During July and August, Porto-Vecchio’s nightlife really takes off, transforming the town into a hip and stylish place to be seen. Dressed-to-impress Italians flood the town for pre-clubbing drinks, prior to partying at the famous Via Notte open air nightclub south of Porto-Vecchio. Bars usually open until 2am, clubs until 5am. Outside of summer, Porto-Vecchio has a fairly low key, mostly café-based nightlife.
Via Notte (Lieu dit Arataggiu, Route de Porra)Via Notte, Europe’s largest outdoor night club, is the hottest and most sophisticated place to party in Corsica. World famous DJs in July and August attract over 3000 party-goers a night, the majority of them immaculately dressed Italian jet-set, and the occasional celebrity. With an open air swimming pool, themed bars, lounges, a restaurant and a huge dance floor, this glamorous venue is the place to party the night away in style.
The party gets going well after midnight, lasting right into the morning hours. Open June to September. The restaurant opens from 8:30 pm, reservations required.
Via Notte is on the southern edge of Porto-Vecchio. Head south out of Porto-Vecchio on the Bonifacio route N198, then take the left turning signposted Bocca di l’Oru. The club is 500 m along this road.
Clint Club (Rue J.Leandri)Popular, trendy club right in Porto-Vecchio's town centre, a short walk from all the bars. Open throughout the year until 5 am. Capacity for 900 clubbers.
Shankabar (Place de la Republique)Trendy bar with a live DJ most nights in summer (classics and some French hits). Good selection of cocktails and Corsican beers. Popular with Italian clubbers.
Le Bel Ombra (Place de l’Eglise)Another pre-clubbing bar, which gets very crowded in July and August. Good terrace in Porto-Vecchio’s main square for al fresco drinking.
Le Troubadour (Rue du General Leclerc)Traditional yet hip music venue, with Corsican singing during the week and jazz at the weekend. Is also a popular restaurant. Private parking.
La Taverne du Roi (Porte Genoise)Cosy bar with traditional Corsica singing and guitar music.
Pub le Bastion (Rue de la Citadelle)Vast selection of beers. Even has a dartboard.
Shirley Bar (Rue Joseph Pietri)Small, bright and funky gay-friendly cocktail bar.
Le Glacier de la Place (Place de la Republique)Large selection of international beers, lagers, spirits and liqueurs. Also serves delicious hot chocolates.