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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’s top foodie addresses. The season-driven menu emphasises clean, bright flavours in dishes such as house-smoked salmon…
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…
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 …
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 …
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 scall…
French in Metz

Le Petit Frontalier

Huddled away in an old-town backstreet, this bright, modern bistro draws on the best of seasonal, regional produce. Dishes like hake fillet with sweet-potato millefeuille and lamb in a tangy Comté cheese crust are n…
Market in Metz

Marché Couvert

If only every market were like Metz’ grand Marché Couvert. Once a bishop’s palace, now a temple to fresh local produce, this is the kind of place where you pop in for a baguette and struggle out an hour later with b…
Modern French in Metz

La Table de Pol

Intimate lighting and cheek-by-jowl tables keep the mood mellow in this friendly bistro, which serves winningly fresh dishes prepared with market produce, along the lines of lamb filet mignon in a herb crust and cod…