Auvergne drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Cafe in Vichy

Keck's Nature Shop

This Canadian-run cafe draws inspiration from far and wide in its hot chocolate menu. The 'Frambiosuisse', raspberry-tinged hot chocolate served with Gruyère cheese, is as filling as it sounds, though the orange-sce…
Top Choice Teahouse in Salers

Maison de la Ronade

The same family has owned the Maison de la Ronade for more than 500 years. Behind this Renaissance-era mansion's stone walls you'll find a salon de thé awash in old-fashioned hospitality. Ask the distinguished hosts…
Top Choice Teahouse in Clermont-Ferrand

Les Goûters de Justine

The twinkly-eyed proprietress, presiding over her table of homemade cakes, is largely what makes this teahouse one of the most beloved spots in Clermont's old town. Arches of volcanic stone and a jumble of old-fashi…
Teahouse in Le Mont-Dore

La Tasse Carrée

Fluffy toy heads are mounted on the walls of this welcoming salon de thé in a cutesy send-up of a hunting lodge. Choose a tea blend to suit your personality – l'Intrépide, perhaps, or l'Enigmatique – and agonise ove…
Coffee in Le Puy-en-Velay

Café Alami

This easygoing little cafe is an Aladdin’s cave for coffee fans. Beans originating from Ethiopia, the Caribbean and beyond are displayed on its packed shelves and lovingly ground on-site by the gregarious owner (cof…
Teahouse in Clermont-Ferrand

La BerGamothée

If you think tea tastes better in a homely living room with a sprinkling of feminist activism (and a heartfelt canine welcome), then La BerGamothée might be your jam. The vibe's casual but tea is taken seriously (th…
Pub in Le Puy-en-Velay

Pub La Distillerie

After a visit to Espace Pagès, continue through the arcade to find tucked-away Pub La Distillerie, where you can sample Le Puy's renowned emerald liqueur in a cocktail, or pick from more than 40 beers. Brass tureens…
Coffee in Clermont-Ferrand

Australian Coffee House

We know, you're travelling à la française, but this Aussie-inspired coffee place pours the best brews in Clermont-Ferrand (from €2.80). The crowd's a mix of laptop-huggers, lunching office workers and artistic types…
Club in Clermont-Ferrand

101 Club

This club near place de Jaude is hallowed ground for Clermont music fans: it was a new-wave and alt-rock haunt in the '80s, became a rock club in the '90s, and today hosts electro nights with funk, synth and techno …
Bar in Clermont-Ferrand

Café Pascal

Ostensibly Irish with a soundtrack of rock ‘n' roll and folk, this cafe-bar manages to be all things: a coffee joint where you can catch a sports match, a casual brasserie, and, come evening, the busiest haunt on ca…