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Top Choice Museum in Grasse

Musée International de la Parfumerie

This whiz-bang museum is a work of art: housed in an 18th-century mansion enlarged with a modern glass structure, it retraces three millennia of perfume history through beautifully presented artefacts (including Mar…
Museum in Grasse

Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Provence

This local-history museum, at home since 1921 in an aristocratic hôtel particulier (mansion), is a wonderful evocation of life in the 18th century. Rooms are laid out pretty much as they were when the marquise of Cl…
Farm in Grasse

Domaine de Manon

For a different spin on Grasse’s perfume production, plan a trip to this lovely flower farm 7km southeast of the centre of Grasse. Centifolia roses and jasmine have been cultivated here for three generations, and th…
Museum in Grasse

Fragonard’s Usine Historique & Musée du Parfum

At the entrance to the old town, next to the Jardin des Plantes, this ochre-coloured mansion is where the Fragonard perfumery began in 1926 – though perfumers were at work here as early as 1782. Guided visits take i…
Museum in Grasse

Musée Molinard

Visitors can admire a fine collection of vintage perfume bottles and learn about perfume ingredients on a self-guided tour of this small museum tracing the 200-year history of Molinard, one of Grasse's longest-stand…
Museum in Grasse

Musée Fragonard

On Grasse’s main pedestrian street, this small museum explores the work of Grassois painter Fragonard (1732–1806), whose risqué paintings of love scenes shocked and titillated 18th-century France with their licentio…
Modern French in Grasse

Café des Musées

This stylish, well-situated cafe is the perfect stop between sights for lunch (creative salads, carefully crafted daily specials, soup or pasta of the day) or a gourmet coffee break (€6 for crêpes with coffee, tea o…
Cafe in Grasse

Les Comptoirs NamasThé

For first-class coffee and chocolate, this cafe hits the spot.
Church in Grasse

Cathédrale Notre-Dame du Puy

Once a humble church, Notre-Dame du Puy became Grasse’s cathedral in 1244. The current façade dates to the early 20th century. Inside there are paintings by Rubens and Fragonard.
Gallery in Grasse

Villa Musée Jean-Honoré Fragonard

This rather neglected-looking 18th-century villa was Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s home for a year in 1790, and contains a small selection of his paintings, along with works by his equally gifted son Alexandre-Evariste. T…