Auvergnat classics, French-style tapas, fusion cuisine... Clermont-Ferrand's dining scene is a crowd-pleaser. Brasseries and bars fill place de la Victoire (south of the cathedral), and restaurants hide in lanes leading from this central square. Cheap eats abound near place de Jaude and around rue St-Dominique.

Be warned: Clermont may be buzzing, but most restaurants still close on Sundays and Mondays.