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Top Choice Carnival in Annecy

Carnaval Vénitien

Revellers clad in ballgowns and masks flood the streets of Annecy's Vieille Ville (Old Town) for this two-day event, creating a surreal and beautiful atmosphere in the so-called 'Alpine Venice'.
Castle in Annecy

Château d’Annecy

Commanding views across the ochre rooftops of the Vieille Ville (Old Town) to the Massif des Bauges, the Château d’Annecy is at once imposing and elegant, a marriage between medieval defensive and decorative archite…
Pub in Annecy

Captain Pub

It's best not to examine too closely this convivial boozer's Irish pub credentials. But after a genuine welcome and finding a seat in the warren of convivial nooks, it's impossible not to feel at home. Huddle up for…
Market in Annecy

Food Market

Snaking along rue Ste-Claire, this open-air food market reels you in with the scent of garlic-fried frog's legs and Savoyard cheeses. Honey, homemade gingerbread and mind-boggling quantities of saucisson sec (dried …
Cafe in Annecy

Folie Royale

This handsome salon de thé has a master chocolatier staining his apron out back, as he hand-dips squares of ganache into chocolate, dices nougat and rolls marzipan into dainty logs. There are over 30 teas and tisane…
Crêpes in Annecy

Le Potron-Minet

This outstanding bistro puts a gourmet spin on galettes (traditional buckwheat-flour crêpes). Try seafood galette La Breizh or the enormous Napolitaine, with fresh mozzarella, pesto and Savoyard ham. Also on offer a…
Gastronomy in Annecy

La Ciboulette

With 30 years in business and a Michelin star, there's no mistaking La Ciboulette's haute cuisine credentials. Chef Georges Paccard prepares seasonally driven combinations like turbot with Provence asparagus and nut…
Gastronomy in Annecy


A talented husband-and-wife team runs the show at this intimate Michelin-starred restaurant. Their passion shines through in the service, wine list and carefully composed menus in which each course – parsnip and ora…
Bar in Annecy

Beer O'Clock

This laid-back, high-tech establishment serves beer like petrol stations sell gasoline: you only pay for what you pump. After buying credit on a computerised magnetic card, you can drink as much or as little of the …
Area in Annecy

Vieille Ville

It’s a pleasure simply to wander aimlessly around Annecy’s medieval Old Town, where emerald-green canals flow beneath stone bridges and pastel-painted 16th- and 17th-century buildings bask in sunlight. This jumble o…