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Le Mémorial – Un Musée pour la Paix

For a very insightful and vivid account of the entire war, with special focus on the Battle of Normandy, Le Mémorial is unparalleled – it's one of Europe’s premier WWII museums. A hugely impressive affair, the museu…
Chateau in Caen

Château de Caen

Looming above the centre of the city, Caen’s magnificent castle walls – massive battlements overlooking a now dry moat – were established by William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, in 1060. Visitors can walk around…
French in Caen

Café Mancel

In the same building as the Musée des Beaux-Arts within the Château de Caen, this stylish place serves up delicious, traditional French cuisine – everything from pan-fried Norman-style beefsteak to hearty Caen-style…
Abbey in Caen

Abbaye-aux-Hommes

Caen’s most important medieval site is the Men’s Abbey – now city hall – and, right next door, the magnificent, multi-turreted Église St-Étienne (St Stephen’s Church), with its Romanesque nave, Gothic choir and Will…
Burgers in Caen

L'Atelier du Burger

Near the end of bar-lined rue Écuyère, this place does a busy trade in juicy, thick burgers piled high with guacamole, grilled onions and other toppings. The burgers are truly top-form, and so are the chips. It's an…
Abbey in Caen

Abbaye-aux-Dames

Highlights at the Women’s Abbey complex in the east of the town centre, once run by the Benedictines, include Église de la Trinité – look for Matilda’s tomb behind the main altar and the striking pink stained-glass …
Modern French in Caen

À Contre Sens

À Contre Sens’ stylish interior and serene atmosphere belie the hotbed of seething creativity happening in the kitchen. Under the helm of chef Anthony Caillot, meals are thoughtfully crafted and superbly presented. …
Cafe in Caen

Dolly's 2 Go

This take-out and 'petite sœur' branch of Dolly's round the corner is a small spot with fine smoothies, coffee and wholesome food, including delectable and finger-licking, crispy – yet squidgy – brownies. Grab a hug…
Cafe in Caen

Dolly's

This colourful British-style cafe is popular and often full, so it can be a bit of a struggle to get a seat, but it's the place for greasy fry-up brekkies, burgers, fish and chips (€13.50), plus salads and healthier…
Burgers in Caen

L'Atelier du Burger

At this smaller branch of this successful burger name in town, you'll probably have to squeeze sideways past the punters waiting for takeaways to reach the tables at the back; but the burgers are fabulous and servic…