Top things to do in Metz

Top Choice Cathedral in Metz

Cathédrale St-Étienne

The lacy golden spires of this Gothic cathedral crown Metz’ skyline. Exquisitely lit by kaleidoscopic curtains of 13th- to 20th-century stained glass, the cathedral is nicknamed ‘God’s lantern’ and its sense of heig…
Top Choice Gallery in Metz

Centre Pompidou-Metz

Designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, with a curved roof resembling a space-age Chinese hat, the architecturally innovative Centre Pompidou-Metz is the star of Metz' art scene. The satellite branch of Paris’ C…
Top Choice French in Metz

L'Imaginarium

Decorated with one-of-a-kind artworks, this sleek, monochrome bistro by the river is one of Metz’ top foodie addresses. The season-driven menu emphasises clean, bright flavours in dishes such as salmon with pumpkin …
Fort in Metz

Fort du Hackenberg

The largest single Maginot Line bastion in the Metz area was the 1000-man Fort du Hackenberg, whose 10km of galleries were designed to be self-sufficient for three months and, in battle, to fire 4 tonnes of shells a…
French in Metz

Les Caves Saint-Clement

This caviste (wine merchant) is a delight, with bistro seating in a bright, open-plan, lavender-accented dining area. Market-fresh ingredients go into unfussy yet well-prepared dishes – homemade jambon persille (ham…
Gastronomy in Metz

Le Magasin aux Vivres

Conjurer of textures and seasonal flavours, chef Christophe Dufossé makes creative use of local produce at this sophisticated Michelin-starred restaurant. Moselle wines work well with specialities such as plump scal…
Museum in Metz

Musée La Cour d’Or

Delve into the past at this trove of Gallo-Roman antiquities, hiding remnants of the city’s Roman baths and a statue of the Egyptian goddess Isis unearthed right here in Metz. Your visit continues with art from the …
French in Metz

Les Copains d'Abord

Winningly fresh ingredients shine in regional cuisine, matched with an impressive array of wines, at Les Copains d'Abord. Dishes such as pike-perch with ravioli and morel sauce, and lamb cooked with spring vegetable…
International in Metz

Restaurant Thierry

Combining the historic backdrop of a 16th-century townhouse with the lighting, bohemian flair and subtly spiced cuisine of Morocco, this is one of Metz’ most coveted tables. An aperitif in the candlelit salon works …
French in Metz

Le Jardin de Bellevue

Worth the 3km trek out of town, Le Jardin de Bellevue is a class act. The backdrop is sophisticated, with white-linen-draped tables, shades of taupe and orange and fresh flowers. The food itself has a seasonal slant…