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Cathédrale Notre Dame

The largest Gothic cathedral in France (it's 145m long) and a Unesco World Heritage Site, this magnificent edifice was begun in 1220 to house the skull of St John the Baptist. Connoisseurs of architecture rave about…
Museum in Amiens

Maison de Jules Verne

Jules Verne (1828–1905) wrote some of his best-known works of brain-tingling – and eerily prescient – science fiction under the eaves of this turreted home, where he lived from 1882 to 1900. The models, prints, post…
Wine Bar in Amiens

Marott' Street

Designed by Gustave Eiffel's architectural firm in 1892, this exquisite former insurance office now attracts chic, well-off 30-somethings who sip Champagne while suspended – on clear-glass tiles – over the wine cell…
Bar in Amiens

Le Rétroviseur

As much a bar as a restaurant, Le Rétroviseur has an interior that brings to mind 1930s Paris, but for chilling in summer you can't beat the canalside terrace, with views of the cathedral's spires. The eclectic Fren…
Market in Amiens

Marché sur l'Eau

Fruit and veggies grown in the Hortillonnages are sold at this one-time floating market, now held on dry land. On the third Sunday in June, producers don traditional outfits and bring their products to market in hig…
Bistro in Amiens

Le T'chiot Zinc

Inviting, bistro-style decor reminiscent of the belle époque provides a fine backdrop for tasty, home-style French and Picard cuisine, including fish dishes and caqhuse (pork in a cream, wine vinegar and onion sauce…
Museum in Amiens

Musée de Picardie

Housed in a dashing Second Empire structure (1855–67) with a jaw-droppingly impressive central room, the Picardy Museum is surprisingly well endowed with archaeological exhibits, medieval art and Revolution-era cera…
Market in Amiens

Covered Market

Two dozen stalls sell picnic supplies, including cheese. Situated 500m due west of the cathedral.
Brasserie in Amiens

Le Quai

With its zesty decor, reasonable prices and lovely riverside terrace, Le Quai is a great place to sample traditional French and Picard dishes with a modern twist – for example, the burger spécial Quai, piled with co…
Crêpes in Amiens

Tante Jeanne

A fine spot for a light meal, with galettes (gluten-free because they're made with buckwheat) available both savoury (13 kinds) and sweet (20 kinds). Also has meal-size salads, soups and several Flemish and Picard d…