Top ChoiceCathedral in Clermont-Ferrand

Cathédrale Notre Dame

Clermont-Ferrand’s skyline broods with volcanic stone, but its most impressive edifice is Cathédrale Notre-Dame, whose 108m twin spires pierce the sky like blackened spears. Its façade, with snarling gargoyles...

Top ChoiceGallery in Clermont-Ferrand

Musée d'Art Roger Quilliot

Housed in an Ursuline convent 3km northeast of central Clermont, the city’s premier gallery takes design cues from NYC’s Guggenheim, its white spiral staircase linking various centuries of European art. Head...

Top ChoiceBistro in Clermont-Ferrand

Le Sisisi

Just off cathedral square, this understated little restaurant has Clermont's most coveted tables. Le Sisisi's deft balance of sweet and savoury – spiced honey duck breast, ray fillet with vanilla potatoes –...

Top ChoiceTeahouse in Clermont-Ferrand

Les Goûters de Justine

The twinkly-eyed proprietress, presiding over her table of homemade cakes, is largely what makes this teahouse one of the most beloved spots in Clermont's old town. Arches of volcanic stone and a jumble of...

Museum in Clermont-Ferrand

L'Aventure Michelin

Yes, it’s a temple dedicated to the Auvergne’s world-famous tyre brand, but the 'Michelin Adventure' is a crowd-pleasing attraction. Gallery spaces are decked out like 19th-century streets to evoke the early days...

Church in Clermont-Ferrand

Basilique Notre Dame du Port

This architectural gem has all the key elements of a Romanesque church: semi-circular arches, a bulky silhouette and a broad headpiece. But its distinctive decorations set it apart, and strengthened the case for...

Bistro in Clermont-Ferrand

Bistrot de la Butte

Defying the myth that restaurants on a main square are often tourist traps, this exceptional bistro pulls seasonal produce into dishes that feel unrushed, despite fast, friendly service. Whether melt-in-the-mouth...

French in Clermont-Ferrand

La Table au Plafond

Chefs here seem to have enormous fun designing tapas-style nibbles like 'cappuccino' (vegetable stew with a ham foam), mini burgers with raclette cheese, and Japanese maki with cabbage and pâté. Sharer plates of...

French in Clermont-Ferrand

Avenue

Avenue's ever-changing menu focuses on local market produce, lovingly plated with barely a pink peppercorn out of place. Original combinations range from cod on a bed of aubergine and dates to tuna and mango...

Burgers in Clermont-Ferrand

Bougnat Burger

Homemade burgers, spiked with cheeses like St-Nectaire and Bleu d'Auvergne, tower over plates of fries and salad at this simple but satisfying diner. Equally cheesy salads, a few wraps and several local beers...

Square in Clermont-Ferrand

Place de Jaude

Just southwest of the old city, lined with bars and hotels, Clermont-Ferrand's monumental pedestrianised square is overlooked by a statue of heroic Celtic chief Vercingétorix.

French in Clermont-Ferrand

Le Bistrot des Dames

Expert takes on French classics like duck à l'orange, smoked Montbéliard sausage and rabbit in mustard rotate on the menu, along with house creations like hake on citrus-basil emulsion and burgers with Cantal and...

Gastronomy in Clermont-Ferrand

L'Amphitryon Capucine

Wear your spiffiest suit for this restaurant gastronomique, 800m northwest of the cathedral. Its menus nod to Italian and Asian flavours (conchiglie pasta stuffed with slow-cooked lamb, coconut panna cotta) but...

Teahouse in Clermont-Ferrand

La BerGamothée

If you think tea tastes better in a homely living room with a sprinkling of feminist activism (and a heartfelt canine welcome), then La BerGamothée might be your jam. The vibe's casual but tea is taken seriously...

Coffee in Clermont-Ferrand

Australian Coffee House

We know, you're travelling à la française, but this Aussie-inspired coffee place pours the best brews in Clermont-Ferrand (from €2.80). The crowd's a mix of laptop-huggers, lunching office workers and artistic...

Club in Clermont-Ferrand

101 Club

This club near place de Jaude is hallowed ground for Clermont music fans: it was a new-wave and alt-rock haunt in the '80s, became a rock club in the '90s, and today hosts electro nights with funk, synth and...

Italian in Clermont-Ferrand

Il Visconti

This is a sultry venue for a date, with voluptuous velvet chairs, subdued lighting and Italian dishes made from scratch. Twirl your fork in garlicky clam linguini or tuck into seared tuna, but the silky homemade...

Bar in Clermont-Ferrand

Café Pascal

Ostensibly Irish with a soundtrack of rock ‘n' roll and folk, this cafe-bar manages to be all things: a coffee joint where you can catch a sports match, a casual brasserie, and, come evening, the busiest haunt on...

Market in Clermont-Ferrand

Marché St-Pierre

The chunky building might bring to mind a jumble of Lego bricks, but this covered market is packed with fresh local produce and organic vegetables. Best buys include Auvergnat cheeses, the pâte de fruits (fruit...

Clothing in Clermont-Ferrand

Mefia Te

For a glimpse of the Auvergnat sense of humour, browse the T-shirts and kids' clothing at Mefia Te. Clothes have slogans that riff on Clermontois stereotypes, souvenirs pay homage to local obsessions such as...