France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   What to See & Do in Nantes, France




The Bouffay district, centered on Place du Bouffay (map), is the medieval heart of historic Nantes. It's where you'll find the fine Château of the Dukes of Brittany and the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, the most impressive of the city's ten Catholic churches.

Look also for the medieval Porte Saint-Pierre, the 18th-century Théâtre Graslin, the proto-shopping mall of the Passage Pommeraye (1843).

La Cigale, termed by some "the most beautiful brasserie in the world," is an Art Nouveau masterpiece (1895).

The Place du Commerce is Nantes' main square, with the Palais de la Bourse.

You'll recognize the Place Royale by its large fountain. Rue Crébillon to the west of the square, and rue d'Orléans to the east, are Nantes' most popular shopping streets, lined with boutiques.

To shop for food and delicacies, seek out the Marché de Talensac.

The western side of the large Île de Nantes in the Loire River, once a shipyard, is now a leisure and entertainment area with exhibits, restaurants, cafés and bars.

As for museums, Nantes has plenty: the Musée d'Histoire de Nantes, Musée d'Art, Musée d'Histoire Naturelle, and even a Planetarium.

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