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Top Choice Palace in Compiègne

Palais de Compiègne

This 1337-room palace, originally built for Louis XV, hosted Napoléon III's dazzling hunting parties, which drew aristocrats from all around Europe. A single ticket grants access to the sumptuous Grands Appartements…
Top Choice Bistro in Compiègne

Les Accordailles

Everything at this bistro facing the Palais de Compiègne is organic, including the wines and liqueurs. Morel-stuffed chicken breast with truffled potato gratin, and entrecôte (rib steak) with garlic butter and roast…
Historic Site in Compiègne

Clairière de l'Armistice

The armistice that put an end to WWI was signed in a thick forest 6.5km east of Compiègne, inside the railway carriage of the Allied supreme commander. On 22 June 1940, in the same railway car, the French were force…
Museum in Compiègne

Mémorial de l'Internement et de la Déportation – Camp de Royallieu

Situated about 3km southwest of the city centre, the French military base of Royallieu was used as a Nazi transit and internment camp known as Frontstalag 122 from 1941 to 1944; three of the 24 original barracks now…
Bistro in Compiègne

La Table d'Elisa

Seafood dominates at this green awning–shaded bistro: inventive preparations might include maple syrup–marinated, sesame seed coated salmon, seared mackerel with yuzu dressing, or smoked lobster from the live tank w…
French in Compiègne

Bistrot du Terroir

Tucked away on a side street near the tourist office, this cosy little place serves excellent French cuisine such as scrumptious carré d'agneau rôti (roasted rack of lamb) or duck-liver Quercy sausage cassoulet (slo…
Bistro in Compiègne

Bistrot des Arts

Fronted by a bright-red facade, this consistently popular riverfront bistro is firmly rooted in the classic French tradition but with a modern edge. The menu changes regularly but might feature apricot-stuffed chick…
Food & Drinks in Compiègne

Brûlerie Cour Le Roi

Drop by this deli to try one of its 15 different blends of coffee roasted on site, or choose from over 240 different deli items: terrines, charcuterie, mustard, jams, chocolates, cakes, sweets and wines. Gourmet pic…
Market in Compiègne

Les Halles du Grenier à Sel

Fruit, veggies, cheeses, wines and prepared dishes are sold inside this one-time salt store built in 1784.
Market in Compiègne

Marché de Compiègne

Colourful stalls sell fruit, vegetables and other picnic supplies.