Hôtel de Varennes
Hôtel de Varennes is a harmonious 18th-century makeover of an originally medieval structure which now contains the city’s small history...
Musée du Vieux Montpellier
A storehouse of the city's memorabilia from the Middle Ages to the Revolution.
There's a tempting selection of patisseries and fine teas at this refined cafe.
The Musée Fabre's classy bistro is every bit as tasteful as you might expect: black tables, black tiles and black pepper pots provide a...
Lonely Planet review
Founded in 1825 by the painter François-Xavier Fabre, and totally renovated to the tune of €61 million between 2002 and 2007, this landmark museum houses one of France's richest collections of European art.
The light, airy galleries are split into three main sections: Old Masters, Modern Movements and Decorative Arts. Highlights of the Old Masters include three paintings by Rubens, a dreamy Venus & Adonis by Nicholas Poussin, and a collection of striking works by Jacques-Louis David.
The Modern Movements has a good selection of Romantic paintings by Delacroix, Géricault and Gustave Courbet, and a vibrant, colour-splashed collection by key figures including Manet, Degas, Delaunay, Frédéric Bazille and Kees van Dongen.
Ceramics, furniture, faiences and jewellery make up the excellent Decorative Arts section, housed in a lavish former mansion belonging to the local notable, Madame Frédéric Sabatier d’Espeyran.