By Shane Mitchell
May 27, 2014

Every year, Laurent Halasz—founder and owner of the Fig & Olive restaurants in New York and California—returns to his childhood home of Mougins, on France’s Côte d’Azur, for scenic hikes and inspiration from his mother’s kitchen. Here, he takes us on a tour of the medieval hilltop village.

Eat: La Place de Mougins ($$$$), in a Provençal house, is such a pleasure. Last time I had beef consommé with foie gras and chocolate. For cocktails, don’t miss the classic Piscine, champagne on ice with strawberries, at L’Amandier ($$$). And I grew up on olive oil pressed locally at Moulin Baussy, in nearby Spéracèdes.”

Do: “Walk along the Canal de la Siagne, which passes near Picasso’s former villa. He and Chagall loved it here because of the superb light. Their work is on display at the new Musée d’Art Classique (pictured), which shows everything from ancient to modern pieces.”

Stay: “If it’s serenity you’re looking for, book a room at Le Mas Candille ($$$$), a small hotel set in a wonderful park. You can relax on the outside terrace, with a view of the Pre-Alps.” —As told to Shane Mitchell

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