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Nantes is a city full of diverse cultural heritage, built around the mouth of the River Loire in its beautiful green valleys. Nantes is also a vibrant university town, and its breathtaking architecture reveals an artistic character. To relax you can sail from the harbour to nearby locations on the coast, or explore the exotic parks under the summer sun. The native mixture of traditional Brittany cuisine combined with local regional wines, such as the famous Muscadet, create an inimitable culinary experience to delight your senses. Stroll through the streets, talk to the friendly locals, and you’ll discover a beautiful city with some special secrets you can make your own. Image from ©G.Chataigner
Main City Paris
Surface 65.19 km²
Density 4,342 /km²
During medieval times, Bouffay was the heart of Nantes, and over the years the city has spread beyond its original walls, and the original city is now a pleasant pedestrian area with a mixture of modern bars and restaurants, medieval timber-frame buildings and the ruins of renaissance chimneys, and the street names still tell the history of the different parts of town. Place du Bouffay is where fairs, markets, jousting contests and even executions were held, and today is a lovely centre for tourists and students to enjoy a drink or meal and chat with friends.
Located in Nantes’ beautiful old town, Le Bistrot à Gilles brings an original touch to the finest French cuisine, offered at affordable prices. Their varied selection includes many local recipes, such as the mackerel tart or the LU biscuits. The friendly staff makes you welcome the moment you step in, and the comfortable atmosphere means you can really relax. Highly recommended by the locals and critics, Le Bistrot à Gilles is one of Nantes’ culinary treasures.