Top things to do

Top Choice Gallery in Le Havre

Musée Malraux

Near the waterfront, this luminous and tranquil space houses a fabulous collection of vivid impressionist works – the finest in France outside Paris – by masters such as Monet (who grew up in Le Havre), Pissarro, Re…
Top Choice Brasserie in Le Havre

La Taverne Paillette

Solid brasserie food is served up at this Le Havre institution whose origins, in a former incarnation, go back to the late 16th century. Think bowls overflowing with mussels, generous salads, gargantuan seafood plat…
Church in Le Havre

Église St-Joseph

Perret’s masterful, 107m-high Église St-Joseph, visible from all over town, was built using bare concrete from 1951 to 1959. Some 13,000 panels of coloured glass make the soaring, sombre interior particularly striki…
Gardens in Le Havre

Jardins Suspendus

The Jardins Suspendus (Hanging Gardens) is an old hilltop fortress transformed into a beautiful set of gardens, whose greenhouses and outdoor spaces feature exquisite flowers, trees and grasses from five different c…
Cultural Centre in Le Havre

Le Volcan

Le Havre’s most conspicuous landmark, designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and opened in 1982, is also the city’s premier cultural venue. One look and you’ll understand how it got its name, which means ‘th…
Architecture in Le Havre

Appartement Témoin

Furnished in impeccable early-1950s style, this lovingly furnished bourgeois apartment can be visited on a one-hour guided tour that starts at 181 rue de Paris (Maison du Patrimoine). The apartment is a remarkable t…
Italian in Le Havre

Lucciola

For a break from French cooking, this ever-popular Italian restaurant serves up ever-so tasty thin-crust pizzas and a wide range of Italian classics, from goat cheese ravioli to grilled fish with ratatouille. The de…
Bistro in Le Havre

Bistrot des Halles

For a very French dining experience, this central and busy Lyon-style bistro is decked out with old-time enamel publicity plaques and old-style ambience. Specialities include steak, magret de canard (duck breast fil…
Church in Le Havre

Cathédrale Notre-Dame

When Le Havre's concrete expanses and straight lines overpower you, stop by this lovely Baroque church, which somehow eluded the intense bombing efforts of the Royal Air Force. The cathedral originally dates to the …
French in Le Havre

La Petite Auberge

This absolute gem of a place has a low-beamed dining room that whispers of romance, while the dishes rarely fail to satisfy. The à la carte menu is limited (typically just two seafood and two meat dishes), but serve…