Top things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Top Choice Cathedral 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 and G…
Top Choice Gallery 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 upstair…
Top Choice Bistro 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 – builds o…
Top Choice Teahouse 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 old-fashi…
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 of…
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 gra…
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 be…
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 che…
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 ceviche…
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 (inclu…