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Top Choice French in Briançon

Au Plaisir Ambré

At this refined old-town restaurant, the leisurely pace of service is essential, if only to let your taste buds catch up with chef Michaël Chassigneux's innovative creations. Pan-fried mullet surfs on celery foam, j…
Top Choice Desserts in Briançon

Pâtisserie Turin

It's hard to overstate how seriously this all-Italian baker and chocolate-maker takes its craft. Order a caffè marocchino (espresso with milk foam and cocoa powder) in the adjoining tea room and deliberate between r…
Historic Site in Briançon

Vauban Fortifications

Situated at the confluence of five river valleys, Briançon was highly vulnerable to attack by France's Alpine arch-rival of the 17th century, the Duchy of Savoy. After an especially damaging raid in 1692, vast effor…
Historic Site in Briançon

Cité Vauban

Surrounded by mighty starburst-shaped ramparts, Briançon’s hilltop old town looks much as it did centuries ago, its winding cobbled lanes lined with Italianate, pastel-painted townhouses. The steep main street, the …
French in Briançon

Le Gastrologue

Whimsical Gastrologue rotates its cuisine depending on which herbs and edible flowers the kindly owners have picked that week. Featuring on the hand-drawn menu you might find rabbit confit, gratinated crozets (the D…
Food in Briançon

Biscuits Vauban

Despite the name, biscuits – piled high in flavours from almond to violet – are only half the story. Browse bags of caramels, chocolates and (our fave) coucougnettes (erstwhile winner of the title 'best sweet in Fra…
Books in Briançon

La Muse Gueule

A bookshop-cafe with bite, La Muse Gueule is an intriguing hideout selling second-hand volumes from literature to philosophy, mostly in French but with some titles in English and German. But it's less about the book…
French in Briançon

Le Pied de la Gargouille

The Gargoyle’s Foot is as well-suited to diners seeking hearty mountain meals like fondue and beef grilled over a wood fire, as those in need of a tastebud reset – perhaps some smoked trout maki, or a yuzu crème brû…
Church in Briançon

Collégiale Notre Dame et St Nicolas

Illuminated by its exterior Dauphiné coat of arms and sundial (among the oldest in the Alps), the twin-towered 18th-century church, designed by Vauban, was built on a ruined medieval sanctuary.
Food in Briançon


Local food producers gather to sell cheese, vegetables, jams and more at this weekly market.