Top things to do in Brest

Modern French in Brest

La Chaumière

Creative cuisine is what gives this modern-meets-traditional restaurant, with a big fireplace and contemporary furnishings, a high profile. Breton chef René Botquelen turns out succulent concoctions prepared with to…
Music in Brest


Brest’s electronic music fest.
Aquarium in Brest


If you've kids in tow, bring them here. Much more than just an aquarium, this enormous 'aquatic world' is divided into three pavilions containing polar, tropical and temperate ecosystems. Highlights are the shark ta…
Museum in Brest

Musée de la Marine

Get to grips with Brest's maritime military history and briny past at this museum housed within the fortified 13th-century Château de Brest, built to defend the harbour on the Penfeld River. Following the 1532 union…
Health Food in Brest

Le Potager de Mémé

A fabulous lunch address wedged between shops, Le Potager de Mémé (Grandma's vegetable garden) is uber-cool, ultra-healthy and great value. Pick from zesty salads, soups, tarts and savoury tartines (slices of bread …
Museum in Brest

Tour Tanguy

Inside this 14th-century tower, displays on Brest's history include a sobering reminder of what Brest looked like on the eve of WWII. One display documents the visit of three Siamese ambassadors in 1686, who present…
Seafood in Brest

Le Crabe Marteau

This eatery down by the port is famous for one thing and one thing only: crab (served with potatoes); savour them from the terrace facing the island ferries or in a rustically nautical interior. The seasonally adjus…
Modern French in Brest

Ô Zinc

This contemporary bistro with a pinch of post-industrial flavour (suspended lamps, zinc tabletops and walls done up in greys) cooks up just a few starters, three or four mains and a handful of desserts – and none di…
Music in Brest

Les Jeudis du Port

Plan to be in Brest on a Thursday night during summer, when Les Jeudis du Port fills the port with live rock, reggae and world music, as well as street performances and children's events.
Crêpes in Brest

Crêperie du Roi Gradlon

The crêpes at this very popular, homey and affordable crêperie really are worth writing home about. Service is very friendly, but it can get packed.