Eurostar to Nantes
Once the capital of Brittany, Nantes is the eighth largest city in France, with a population of over 600,000. This lively, cultured city is a great place for an unusual city break. You can travel there easily by Eurostar train from St Pancras International on a six-hour journey. You will find the riverside city situated on the Loire very welcoming and there is plenty to see including the old port, the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the gothic Cathedrale de Saint Pierre and Saint Paul. Because its smaller than most Parisian cities, sometimes Nantes feels like a smaller version of Paris.
Eurostar to Nantes
You can catch the Eurostar to Nantes from London St Pancras station in 5 hours 19 minutes. Board the train to either Paris or Lille and then change onto a TGV to Nantes. In Lille, you’ll just need to change platforms, while in Paris you’ll need to travel to Gare Montparnasse. Prices start at €68.
Eurostar to Nantes: Must-see
Nantes has a fabulous market – the 1937 covered hall Marche de Talensac, which is famous for its local fare including great chesses and fresh fish. The market is open from Tuesday to Sunday 8am-1pm. If you’re visiting at the weekend, you’ll also enjoy the great local flea market that takes place at the adjoining Place Viarme on Saturday.
Where to eat in Nantes
Loved by the locals, the small and intimate Cocotte is housed in an old butchery. Here you will find classic French fare. Poultry dishes are their speciality so expect some great pigeon, duck and quail cooking. The set menu here is very good value and you’ll find this restaurant very busy at lunchtimes.
What to buy
Nantes if famous for its classic French pea coats, raincoats and the delightful marinières (French sailor’s shirts). So, stock up on these whilst you are on vacation – and enjoy wearing classic Breton style. The best place to find clothing stores is on Rue de la Barillierie.
Where to stay in Nantes
Sozo Hotel €€€
This cleverly converted church is now a fantastic modern hotel with high ceilings, stained glass windows and chic bedrooms. You’ll find a bar in the nave of the church plus Fragonard toiletries in the comfortable bedrooms. Rooms start from £95 a night.
This delightful contemporary hotel is situated in the old part of Nantes. Situated in the trendy Bouffay district, it is within easy walking distance of Nantes Cathedral and the Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne.
This is a great place to stay if you’re planning on staying longer than two nights. Situated in the heart of the city, this 3-star hotel offers113 studios and 3-bedroom apartments for 2 to 6 people. All come with kitchens and an undercover car park is also available.