Top things to do

Top Choice Street in Épernay

Avenue de Champagne

Épernay’s handsome av de Champagne fizzes with maisons de champagne (Champagne houses). The boulevard is lined with mansions and neoclassical villas, rebuilt after WWI. Peek through wrought-iron gates at Moët’s priv…
Top Choice Winery in Épernay

Moët & Chandon

Flying the Moët, French, European and Russian flags, this prestigious maison offers frequent one-hour tours that are among the region’s most impressive, offering a peek at part of its 28km labyrinth of caves (cellar…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Épernay

C. Comme

The downstairs cellar has a stash of 300 different varieties of Champagne; sample them (from €6 a glass) in the softly lit bar-bistro upstairs. Accompany with a tasting plate of regional cheese, charcuterie and rill…
Top Choice French in Épernay

La Grillade Gourmande

This chic, red-walled bistro is an inviting spot to try chargrilled meats and dishes rich in texture and flavour, such as crayfish pan-fried in Champagne and lamb cooked in rosemary and honey until meltingly tender.…
Statue in Épernay

Dom Pérignon

Everyone who visits Moët & Chandon invariably stops to strike a pose next to the statue of Dom Pérignon (c 1638–1715), after whom the prestige cuvée is named. The Benedictine monk played a pivotal role in making…
French in Épernay

Le Théâtre

Sidling up to Épernay’s theatre, Le Théâtre raises a curtain on a delightfully old-school brasserie with splashes of high-ceilinged art-nouveau charm. The Belgian chef, Lieven Vercouteren, prides himself on using su…
Winery in Épernay

Mercier

France’s most popular brand was founded in 1847 by Eugène Mercier, a trailblazer in the field of eye-catching publicity stunts and the virtual creator of the cellar tour. Everything here is flashy, including the 160…
Winery in Épernay

Champagne Georges Cartier

Hewn out of the chalk in the 18th century, the warren of cellars and passageways at Champagne Georges Cartier is incredibly atmospheric. Look out for the fascinating graffiti (both in French and German) dating to wh…
French in Épernay

La Cave à Champagne

‘The Champagne Cellar’ is well regarded by locals for its champenoise cuisine (snail-and-pig's-trotter casserole, fillet of beef in pinot noir), served in a warm, traditional, bourgeois atmosphere. You can sample fo…
French in Épernay

Chez Max

No fuss, no frills, just good old-fashioned French cooking and a neighbourly vibe is what you’ll get at Chez Max. Dishes including confit of duck leg and sea bass with Champagne sauce hit the mark every time.