Concerts, theatre, festivals and expositions are detailled in Scéno (http://sceno.fr), a free monthly guide available at the tourist office.

The busiest drinking street is rue St-Laud, whose sidewalk terraces fill with folks of all ages. For more places to drink, head to bd du Maréchal Foch.

Cointreau

Cointreau has its origins in the experiments of sweets-maker Adolphe Cointreau and his brother Édouard-Jean Cointreau, who founded a factory in Angers in 1849 to produce fruit-flavoured liqueurs. In 1875 Édouard-Jean’s son, also called Édouard, hit upon a winning, top-secret formula combining sweet and bitter oranges, flavoured with intensely orangey peel – voilà, Cointreau!

To discover some (but not all) of the secret of how Cointreau is made, take a tour of the distillery, source of all 15 million bottles of the bitter-orange liqueur produced each year. Tours are in French (with iPad translations into six languages), but from June to August there's at least one tour a day in English; reserve ahead by phone. Situated in an industrial zone 3km east of Angers' city centre (served by Irigo bus 6).