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Top Choice Church in Le Puy-en-Velay

Chapelle St-Michel d'Aiguilhe

Le Puy's oldest chapel, first established in the 10th century, and rebuilt several times since, teeters atop an 85m-high volcanic plug, reached by climbing 268 craggy stairs. Stepping through its polychrome doorway …
Top Choice Street Carnival in Le Puy-en-Velay

Fête du Roi de l'Oiseau

This Renaissance-themed street party dates back to a competition first recorded in 1524. Le Puy's most skilled archer, the first to shoot a straw bird from a high tower, was rewarded with year-long tax exemption, di…
Top Choice French in Le Puy-en-Velay

Entrez les Artistes

Chef Pascale Suc pours heart, soul and lovingly selected local ingredients into the meals at this small, simple restaurant. The atmosphere is jolly, Le Puy lentils are seasoned to perfection, portions are ample from…
Top Choice French in Le Puy-en-Velay

Restaurant Tournayre

One of Le Puy's best addresses for food and form. Its atmospheric setting, within a 12th- to 16th-century hôtel particulier (townhouse), sets the tone, but the food will dominate conversation. Citrus cod and chicken…
Drinks in Le Puy-en-Velay

Espace Pagès Maison Verveine du Velay

Sip free samples of Le Puy's famous green liqueur and buy a bottle of your preferred drop at this tasting room and boutique. First concocted in 1859 as a digestive tonic, it's a top-secret mix of 32 plants and herbs…
Cathedral in Le Puy-en-Velay

Cathédrale Notre Dame

A chequerboard of grey and white stone perched on a volcanic stone crag, Le Puy's cathedral is the monumental starting point for pilgrims embarking on the French Way of St James route. An exquisite blend of architec…
Monument in Le Puy-en-Velay

Notre Dame de France

At 16m tall and weighing a svelte 110 tonnes, this crimson Notre Dame de France (Virgin Mary) statue makes an imposing guardian over Le Puy. Since 1860, she has been watching over the city from the Rocher Corneille,…
Crêpes in Le Puy-en-Velay

Crêperie La Maison de Flo

A rare healthy-eating gem in the heart of one of France's major cheese regions, Florence's crêperie delights with friendly, personalised service and a nourishing menu of thoughtfully sourced organic produce. Platter…
French in Le Puy-en-Velay

Bambou et Basilic

Smart service and a light gourmet touch bring locals flocking for tables at Bambou et Basilic. Monochrome decor seems designed not to distract from the eating: pork chops with chestnut cream, zander on artichoke pur…
Cheese in Le Puy-en-Velay

Fromagerie Coulaud

An essential stop for hyper-local Auvergnat cheese, this periwinkle-blue crémerie has been running since 1925 and its produce is mercifully unchanged since then. Antique milk jugs and farming tools bedeck the interi…