Top things to do in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Top Choice Aquarium in Boulogne-sur-Mer


At this vast manta ray–shaped aquarium – one of the world's largest – huge tanks with floor-to-ceiling windows make you feel as though you're swimming with the sharks. All-up there are more than 60,000 creatures, in…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Boulogne-sur-Mer

La Matelote

This stylish Michelin-starred establishment, with white tablecloths, paper-thin wine glasses and fine porcelain, focuses on fish, most of it landed a few blocks away on quai Gambetta. Chef Tony Lestienne's specialit…
Historic Site in Boulogne-sur-Mer


Boulogne's hilltop Upper City is an island of centuries-old buildings and cobblestone streets. You can walk all the way around this 'Fortified City' atop the ancient stone walls – look for signs for the Promenade de…
Bistro in Boulogne-sur-Mer

L'Îlot Vert

'Bistronomique' cuisine and contempoary design make this chic spot stand out. Dishes on the daily changing menu (no à la carte) might include smoked turbot with samphire foam, dorade (gilt-head bream) with wild garl…
Museum in Boulogne-sur-Mer


The cultures of five continents meet inside the Château-Musée, housed in a 13th-century fortified castle. Egyptian antiquities (some brought here by Boulogne-born Egyptologist Auguste Mariette) are displayed alongsi…
Seafood in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Le Châtillon

With its red banquettes and brass maritime lanterns, this bar-restaurant has long been a favourite of fishers after spending the night at sea. Its house-speciality seafood platters – piled with crab claws, scampi, w…
Seafood in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Quai 42

Seafood tapas (oysters, cod croquettes, flash-fried calamari) makes the perfect accompaniment to the by-the-glass wines (seven whites, seven reds and seven rosés) at this contemporary wine bar set back from bd Gambe…
Market in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Marché place Dalton

Boulogne's lively fruit and vegetable market sees up to 40 stalls set up twice a week on place Dalton.
Market in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Fish Market

To encounter the city's long-time commercial bedrock, commercial fishing, head to the quay used by small fishing boats. Hungry seagulls dive and squawk overhead as they survey the fishing boats and the 20-or-so stal…
Museum in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Musée Libertador San Martín

The house where General José de San Martín, the exiled hero of Argentine, Chilean and Peruvian independence from the Spanish, lived from 1848 until his death in 1850 has been turned into a museum owned by the Argent…