Book flights to Nantes, capital of Pays de la Loire, and you’ll find yourself on the doorstep of the lovely Loire Valley - the perfect place for a fantastic French holiday. Nantes itself is a great city with a welcoming atmosphere, and we thoroughly recommend a visit to the superb Machines de l’ile and the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany. But don’t be afraid to venture a little further afield, because just outside the city of Nantes you’ll find some of the best wine country in France as well as the idyllic scenery of the Loire Valley and its beautiful chateaux! Book flights to Nantes with Ryanair.
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The metropole is one of the major cultural, artistic and creative pole in France but you haven’t seen anything yet…Château des ducs de Bretagne, lieu unique, Nantes-Angers Opera house, the Hangar à bananes exhibition place, The Machines de l’île, the Memorial museum dedicated to the Abolition of slavery, the open-air museum of Estuaire, La Fabrique, the festivals, the heritage… Come to Nantes to discover this scattered monument that makes of Nantes a sought-after destination, as a city of art and culture.
Guided Tours

The Nantes Tourism Office called “A journey To Nantes” organises a variety of general and themed tours of the city.

​Phone: +33 2 72 64 04 79​Website:
Château des ducs de Bretagne

Château des ducs de Bretagne (Castle of the Dukes of Brittany) was renovated and re-opened since the beginning of 2007, after a complete closure. The castle now houses the Nantes History Museum, displaying more than 850 historic objects. The former Ducal Palace also holds temporary exhibitions and cultural events all year round. A free-access rampart offers many viewpoints of the fortress and of the city.

​Address: 4, Place Marc Elder​Phone: +33 2 51 17 49 48 (from abroad) /+33 (0)811 46 46 44 (local rate call)​Website:​More info: Tramway stop at: “Duchesse Anne”.
Machines de l’ile

The Machines de l’ile is an artistic, touristic and cultural site in Nantes since 2007. Three major artworks, the Great Elephant (2007), the Merry Go Round of the Marine Worlds (2012) and the Huge Heron Tree (project) symbolise doors to the world of dreams and magical journeys. A mixture between the invented worlds of Jules Verne and the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci.

​Address: Les Chantiers - Bd Léon Bureau​Phone: +33 (0)810 12 12 25 (local call rates) ​Website:​More info: Tramway stop at: “Chantiers Navals”
Estuaire Nantes <> Saint-Nazaire

Starting from Nantes to Saint Nazaire this is an open air collection of artworks: each creation, signed by an internationally renowned artist leads you to an atypical place or to a remarkable site of the estuary of the Loire river. Since 2007, over 30 artworks have now been the stones of a monument scattered along 60 km. This artistic trail will make you discover a fascinating territory, its heritage and its natural resources.

​Phone: +33 2 40 75 75 07​Website:
Cathedrale Saint Pierre Saint Paul

This impressive cathedral is home to the tombs of Francois II, the last Duke of Brittany, and his second wife Marguerite de Foix. Construction of the Gothic building started in 1434 and lasted for four centuries.

​Address: Place Saint Pierre​Phone: +33 (0)892 46 40 44​More info: Tramway stop at: “Duchesse Anne”
Isle of Nantes

On the Isle of Nantes, a perpetually changing area, contemporary architecture has the leading role. On both sides of this territory perched on the Loire river are standing resolutely original and innovative buildings built by the greatest international architects. Formerly occupied by the shipyards (closed in 1987) and by industries, this area is in complete rehabilitation and finds some harmony between the conservation of industrial heritage and the development of a new modern space.

Memorial to the abolition of slavery

Nantes was the capital of the slave trade in France: it organised 43% of the French slave trade shipments in the XVIII century. The City wants to assume its past and give shape to the memory via a powerful political gesture. The Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery in Nantes is the biggest in Europe. Located on the Quai de la Fosse, a symbolic place in the city that has seen many slave ships to Africa, the Memorial has been open to the public since March 2012. Following an international competition, the city of Nantes has entrusted the design of the Memorial to Krzysztof Wodiczko, a Polish artist and Julian Bonder, an Argentinian architect.

Musee Jules Verne

The museum inside this great bourgeois mansion depicts the life and works of writer Jules Verne, one of Nantes’ most famous citizens.

​Address: 3, Rue de l’Hermitage​Phone: +33 2 40 69 72 52​Website:

Embark on a voyage through space as the planetarium brings our universe to life. Located near the Jules Verne museum.

​Address: 8, Rue des Acadiens​Phone: +33 2 40 73 99 23​Website:
Jardin Des Plantes

Nantes boasts 1,000 hectares of green areas open to the public, with some 1 million plants produced every year. Visit the Jardin des Plantes botanical garden to see a priceless collection of exotic plants from America, Asia and Africa.

​Address: Rue Stanislas-Baudry​Website:​More info: Tramway stop at: “Gare SNCF”
Tour Lu and the Lieu Unique

Located alongside the Canal Saint-Felix, the old biscuit factory LU revamped by the architect Patrick Bouchain lives to the rhythm of an atypical art centre: the Lieu Unique. Here, you will find a bar, a shop, theatre (nationwide tour venue), a hammam, a day nursery and the picturesque tower of the old LU biscuit factory which offers a uniquely panoramic view of Nantes.

​Address: Quai Ferdinand Favre​Phone: +33 2 40 12 14 34​Website:
Quartier Bouffay

West of the Cathedral lies the historic medieval quarter of Bouffay, which has retained much of its old charm. A stroll alongside the cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses – some dating back to the 15th century – feels like a jump in time back to the Middle Ages.

​Address: Quartier Bouffay​More info: Tramway stop: “Bouffay”
Theatre Graslin

An impressive building with an entrance boasting eight Corinthian columns and marble, gold and royal blue velvet inside. It is home to the Opera of Nantes and marks the focal point of the Place Graslin.

​Address: Place Graslin​Phone: +33 2 40 69 77 18​Website:
The area boasts some of France’s finest produce, recipes and wines. Wherever you go, seafood, straight out of the Atlantic, is on the menu. Want a simple grilled fish? Eat it with a beurre blanc sauce, created right here in town and surroundings. Need a pinch of sea salt? The very best comes from Guérande. This is also France’s kitchen garden, producing flavourful, tender vegetables. Partner it all with a glass of Muscadet, the local white wine that goes so well with oysters or fish, mussels or crab. Award-winning winemakers and chefs guarantee memorable meals.
Les Chants d'Avril

An almost religious attachment to quality produce, technical cooking methods and a Mystery Prix-fixe menu are the foundations of this delicious haunt. The chef, Christophe François, took over this Nantes institution.

​Address: 2, Rue Laënnec​Phone: +33 2 40 89 34 76
Lulu Rouget

Thanks to Ludovic Pouzelgues and his exceptional experience, his personality expresses itself today through a true cuisine d'auteur (different every day!) praising the ocean's riches to high heaven.

​Address: 1, Rue du Cheval Blanc​Phone: +33 2 04 47 47 98

Chef Nicolas Guiet, shows his unique flair by highlighting vegetal flavours with the help of market gardener Olivier Durand and his "experimental" crops. On the menu you'll find an explosion of sea/land/vegetal flavours brought to their highest expression.

​Address: 36, Rue Fouré​Phone: +33 2 40 75 53 05
La Cigale

Considered as one of the most beautiful brasserie in France, since the 19th century La Cigale is a good place for oysters and offers some mouth-watering desserts.

​Address: 4, Place Graslin​Phone: +33 2 51 84 94 94​Website:

This famous, award-winning restaurant is considered to be one of the best in towns. Chef Jean-Yves Gueho is well-known for creating innovative dishes, such as lobster salad with yellow wine sauce.

​Address: 16, Quai Ernest Renaud​Phone: +33 2 40 73 23 23​Website:
Villa Mon Reve

Based inside a charming 19th-century villa with a large garden, chef Gerard Ryngel’s menu boats delicious fresh fish and seafood as well as French specialities such as frogs’ legs.

​Address: 2 Levée de la divatte - Route des Bords de Loire - Basse Goulaine​Phone: +33 2 40 03 55 50​Website:

Housed in an immaculate stone mansion, dating from 1900, L’Abelia serves fine, traditional French cuisine peppered with modern touches, including sea bass in foamed cream sauce, and a crème brulée to die for.

​Address: 125, Bd des Poilus​Phone: +33 2 40 35 40 00​Website:
Crêperie Heb Ken

In the shopping area, have a crepe cooked like in Brittany. Not far from the famous Place Royale.

​Address: 5, Rue de Guérande​Phone: +33 2 40 48 79 03
La Civelle

Everything is perfect, decoration, food and the location, on the bank of Loire. A reference in Nantes! On the other side of the river Loire, take the ferry, in 10 minutes you will be arrived.

​Address: 21, Quai Marcel Boissard 44 000 Rezé​Phone: +33 2 40 75 46 60
The city offers many places to relax and where you can have a break around a coffee and Nantes‘ sweetmeats like BN or biscuits LU, “berlingot” and “rigolette” sweets, butter-scotch caramels, “fouace” starshaped sweet bread, Nantes cake, chocolates…
Café Select

After a visit in the castle of the Dukes of Brittany nearby, enjoy having a rest in this tiny art deco place, where you can eat too.

​Address: 14, Rue du Château​Phone: +33 2 40 89 04 49
Le Bar du Coin

This ’corner bar’ in the heart of the medieval Bouffay quarter is where most Nantais nights out get started.

​Address: 21, Rue de la Juiverie​Phone: +33 2 40 47 55 05
Le Code Bar

Direct in the city centre near the shopping area, in the pedestrian zone, you will enjoy this place open from 8.30 a.m. till late in the evening. Open all day long, you’ll love this bar where you can watch your favourite sport on TV.

​Address: 5, Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau​Phone: +33 2 40 48 24 15
Café de l’Orangerie

Located in the Jardin des Plantes, enjoy a nice time on the terrace which enjoys breathtaking views over the garden and greenhouses...

​Address: 15, Rue Gambetta​Phone: +33 2 28 44 27 08
Le Salon Blanc

Christelle opens the doors of his small white paradise. A tea cosy and elegant, decorated with designer furnishings and refined, at any hour of the day, on or off the premises.

​Address: 1, Rue de la Galissonnière​Phone: +33 2 51 89 43 28
Le Petit Flore

Fancy a coffee break in the centre? It’s in the Petit Flore you must stop. Their rooms are small with soft colours of violet and purple promises expatriation and privacy. The terrace on the other hand, offers a pleasant view over the Place Royale away from the crowd.

​Address: 1, Rue des Vieilles Douves​Phone: +33 2 40 48 24 88
Nantes has a thriving and young nightlife, thanks largely to its growing student population. Whether you are looking for an arty bar to discuss philosophy with like-minded people, or if you just fancy bogeying all night long – Nantes has something for everyone.
L’ Univers

L’Univers boasts a wide world selection of fine whiskeys from Ireland to Japan. It hosts regular jazz events in a 30’s atmosphere.

​Address: 16, Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau​Phone: +33 2 40 73 49 55​Website:
Café Cult’

Squeezed inside a darkened half-timbered house and hung with local art, this bohemian place draws a student crowd and sometimes hosts concerts. During the day it serves mega cheap but palate-pleasing lunches for around €7.50.

​Address: 2, Rue des Carmes​Phone: +33 2 40 47 18 49​Website:
Cafe Le Flesselles

This funky bar is frequented by an arty crowd thanks mainly to its regular art events, which include discussions on architecture or philosophy as well as jazz concerts.

​Address: 3, Allee Flesselles​Phone: +33 2 40 47 66 14
La Maison Cafe

A café/bar in the design of a 1970s house, with a large terrace for the hot summer evenings. Come here to sip a glass of wine on the living room sofa or inside the bathtub.

​Address: 4, Rue Lebrun​Phone: +33 2 40 37 04 12​Website:
Le Wilton

This spacious venue is both a snooker club, boasting some 35 billiard tables, and a discotheque.

​Address: 21-23, Rue de Rieux​Phone: +33 2 40 12 01 13​Website:
Le Marlowe

This disco bar has a very creative design in an American 1960s style and features dance music and rock’n’roll. Make sure you try one of the exotic cocktails on offer.

​Address: 1, Place Saint Vincent​Phone: +33 2 40 48 47 65
Le bar du Lieu Unique

This Lieu Unique is the place to go, in the old biscuits factory LU lives to the rhythm of an atypical art centre: the lieu unique. Library, theatre, dance venues. DJ’s (free admission) every Friday and Saturday evening.

​Address: Quai Ferdinand Favre​Phone: +33 2 51 72 05 55​Website:
Bars and disco in the Hangar à bananes new area

Addresses of bars and ideas to go out, have a drink and dance in this new part of Nantes.

​Address: Ile de Nantes - 21, Quai des Antilles​Website:
If you like shopping, you will love Nantes! When people go window-shopping in Nantes, they talk about "crebillonner" – which comes from Rue Crebillon – the city’s most famous shopping street and its area. Rue Crebillon houses the most important designer stores as well as a range of interesting local labels. The street leads to the famous Passage Pommeraye, a stunning 19th-century arcade with chic boutiques: a must-see for Nantes visitors. Make sure you also pay a visit to the Galeries Lafayette (Rue de la Marne), which has more than 300 great labels on offer. If you have a sweet tooth, go to Les Rigolettes nantaises (18, rue de Verdun), which sells local sweets and other specialities. At Le Fief de Vigne (16, rue Marceau), you can choose from 2,000 exquisite wines, while Ti Breiz (15, rue de Verdun) is great for souvenirs. Don’t miss the Marche de Talensac on Place de Talensac, which is the town’s biggest market – open every day except Monday. Bargain-hunters should go to the shops on Rue Jean Jaures and around Place Viarme, where the city’s flea market kicks off every Saturday morning.
Maison des Vins de Loire de Nantes

Crisp, light and fruity, the different Loire Valley wines make an ideal match for the local cuisine. Kick off your tour of Muscadet, Coteaux d’Ancenis, Fiefs vendéeens, Gros Plant and other Loire Valley wines at the Loire Valley Wine centre, the “Maison des Vins de Loire” in Nantes.

​Address: 15, Place du Commerce ​Phone: +33 2 40 89 75 98
Boutique Sonya Rikiel

The shop to discover the collection of the famous French fashion.

​Address: 3, Rue Boileau ​Phone: +33 2 51 84 90 00
Boutique Hermès

Leather bags, jewels, scarves to find the French tradition luxury.

​Address: 20, Passage Pommeraye​Phone: +33 2 40 12 12 06
Boutique Swarovski

​Address: 11, Rue Scribe​Phone: +33 2 51 82 65 85
Fromagerie Beillevaire

Best cheese shop in Nantes!

​Address: 8, Rue Contrescarpe​Phone: +33 2 40 12 02 70
Chocolaterie Debotté

The great specialist and also the best old place to buy chocolates and specialities of Nantes.

​Address: 9, Rue de la Fosse​Phone: +33 2 40 48 23 19
Chocolaterie Pâtisserie Vincent Guerlais

The pastry-chef Vincent frequently invents new pastries and new chocolates with great talent.

​Address: 11, Rue Franklin​Phone: +33 2 40 08 08 79
Biscuiterie La Trinitaine

​Address: 4, Place Saint Pierre​Phone: +33 2 40 20 33 36
Les Rigolettes nantaises

If you have a sweet tooth, go to Les Rigolettes nantaises, which sells local sweets and other specialities.

​Address: 18, Rue de Verdun​Phone: +33 2 40 48 00 39
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Aeroport Nantes Atlantique

The Aeroport Nantes Atlantique lies just south of Nantes and is the leading airport in the west of France. The bus TAN shuttle takes you, in about 20 minutes, near the railway station (“Gare SNCF Sud” stop) and then near the Convention centre ( “Lieu Unique” stop) or in the direct city centre (“Commerce” stop). Tickets (single: 7,50 Euros) can be bought inside the TAN shuttle-buses and are valid for one hour throughout the local TAN public transport network. A taxi stand is located just opposite the entrance door of the airport terminal. A taxi ride to downtown Nantes takes around 10 to 15 minutes and will cost you between 35 to 50 Euros, depending on the distance and the time of day.

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