Top things to do

Top Choice Square in Arras

Grand' Place & Place des Héros

Arras' two ancient market squares, the Grand' Place and the almost-adjacent, smaller place des Héros (also known as the Petite Place), are surrounded by 17th- and 18th-century Flemish Baroque houses topped by curvac…
Historic Site in Arras

Carrière Wellington

Staging ground for the spring 1917 offensive, Wellington Quarry is a 20m-deep network of old chalk quarries expanded during WWI by tunnellers from New Zealand. Hour-long guided tours in French and English combine im…
Historic Building in Arras

Hôtel de Ville

Arras' Flemish Gothic city hall dates from the 16th century but was completely rebuilt after WWI. Four géants (giants) live in the lobby. For a panoramic view, take the lift (plus 43 stairs) up the 75m-high, Unesco-…
Cheese in Arras

La Prairie

With its own cheese-ripening cellar downstairs, fromagerie (cheese shop) La Prairie stocks 200-plus cheeses alongside charcuterie, conserves, honey, jams and wines. In truffle season (November to March), you'll also…
French in Arras

La Faisanderie

In a superb vaulted brick cellar, this formal restaurant serves a range of classical dishes prepared with carefully selected ingredients: oysters naturelles, Pernod-flambéed prawns, beef fillet with morel sauce or t…
Coffee in Arras

Maison Vayez

The aroma of roasting coffee leads you to Maison Vayez, which roasts on site and has a handful of tables for sipping an expertly brewed espresso. You can buy beans to take home. It also sells and serves loose-leaf t…
Brasserie in Arras

Le Petit Rat Porteur

Beloved for its marvellous vaulted cellar and friendly staff, this buzzing brasserie has a great range of salads alongside regional standards including potjevleesch (aspic potted meat) and waterzooi (chicken stew).
Grill in Arras

Assiette au Bœuf

Hugely popular with locals for its great-value steaks, this Grand' Place restaurant also serves burgers and mixed grills.
Market in Arras

Marché à Arras

Arras' twice-weekly food market stretches across the city's three central squares; Saturday's market is especially huge.
French in Arras

La Cave des Saveurs

Traditional French meat and fish dishes, Flemish dishes such as carbonade (braised beef stewed with onions and beer) and potjevleesch (cold meat in aspic), and local speciality andouillette d'Arras (finely ground ch…