Orientation

Honfleur is spread around the roughly rectangular Vieux Bassin and, along its southeast side, the Enclos, the once-walled old town. Église Ste-Catherine is northwest of the Vieux Bassin (up the hill).

Sights

Honfleur is superb for aimless ambling, especially if you have a walking map from the tourist office. One option is to head north from the Lieutenance along quai des Passagers to Jetée de l’Ouest (Western Jetty), which forms the west side of the Avant Port, out to the broad mouth of the Seine. Possible stops include the Jardin des Personnalités, a park featuring figures from Honfleur history; the beach; and Naturospace, a lush greenhouse filled with free-flying tropical butterflies and birds that’s situated 500m northwest of the Lieutenance.

The tourist office also has audioguides (€5; in English, French and German) for a 1½-hour walking tour of the town.

Le Pass Musées (adult €13) gets you into all four municipal museums for less than the price of two.

Sleeping

Honfleur has a fantastic array of accommodation options, some offering real style, authenticity and comfort, all within reach of the main sights. The tourist office and its website can help you get in touch with some 60 local B&Bs.

Eating

Some of Honfleur’s finest restaurants, many featuring dishes plucked from the sea, are on place Hamelin and adjacent rue Haute. Budget places with watery views line quai Ste-Catherine. East of the Vieux Bassin, there are more restaurants along rue de la Ville.

Honfleur’s dining spots often fill up for dinner on weekends and during school holidays; reserve ahead.

Drinking & Nightlife

The pedestrian centre has a handful of appealing spots for a drink, especially the open-air cafes and bars clustered around Vieux Bassin.

Shopping

Honfleur is home to some handsomely old-fashioned provision shops where you can stock up on cheeses, ciders and other goodies produced nearby.

There are also quite a few art galleries, including on the streets leading up the hill from Église Ste-Catherine and along rue Cachin.

A number of shops specialise in brocante (secondhand goods and antiques).