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L’Arty Show

Cognac brandy invariably stars in the inventive, veg- and pulse-packed dishes of chefs Nathalie and Delphine at L'Arty Show, an edgy bistro with vintage flea-market furnishings and a name that sounds like artichaut …
Bistro in Cognac

Poulpette

Well away from the tourist crowd, across the river, Poulpette is a deliciously urban neobistro with a faintly industrial decor showcasing local craftsmanship and an outstanding no-choice menu that changes daily. Cui…
Gastronomy in Cognac

La Ribaudière

This gastronomic haven is set among orchards overlooking the River Charente, in the tiny village of Bourg-Charente (midway between Cognac and Jarnac). Chef Thierry Verrat grows his own vegetables to accompany his se…
Bar in Cognac

La Gabare

Follow knowing locals away from the old town to this superb cave à bières, a thoroughly contemporary beer bar with spartan interior dedicated to the serious business of dégustation (tasting). It stocks some 300 diff…
Museum in Cognac

Musée des Arts du Cognac

Inside a contemporary building set into the ramparts alongside the 19th-century Hôtel Perrin de Boussac, this museum explains the production of Cognac from vine to bottle. In the adjoining Espace Decouverte (admissi…
Drinks in Cognac

La Cognathèque

This chic shop, just off main square place François 1er, sells cognac produced by more than 100 different producers, ranging from the grandes maisons to interesting small producers few people know. Pay anything from…
Museum in Cognac

Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Cognac

In the southern corner of the grotto- and pond-clad Jardin Public, Cognac’s Art and History Museum showcases the town’s history. Its interior – magnificent 19th-century Hôtel Dupuy d’Angec (1837) – is as interesting…
French in Cognac

Bistrot de Claude

Set in a lovely old wiggly timber building in the heart of the old town, this character-infused restaurant squats on stone-paved rue Grande. Dining is elegant, with shoals of river and sea fish.
Church in Cognac

Église St-Léger

Cognac's main church occupies a former Benedictine priory. Building work started in 1130 and continued for more than three centuries, hence the mix of architectural styles.