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Les Arènes

Nîmes’ twin-tiered amphitheatre is the best preserved in France. Built around 100 BC, the arena once seated 24,000 spectators and staged gladiatorial contests and public executions; it's still an impressive venue fo…
Museum in Nîmes

Musée de la Romanité

Opened in mid-2018, this futuristic steel-and-glass structure faces Les Arènes right in the heart of the city. Within, the ambitious archaeological museum’s permanent exhibitions are devoted to regional archaeology,…
Gastronomy in Nîmes

Vincent Croizard – Le Restaurant

From its discreet façade on a quiet side street, you'd never guess that this restaurant is home to an impossibly romantic lamplit courtyard garden and some of Nîmes' most inventive and artistic high-end cooking. Dis…
Market in Nîmes

Les Halles

With over 100 stalls in 3500 sq metres, Nîmes’ covered market is the best place for supplies. Look out for local specialities including picholines – a local green olive with its own AOP (Appellation d’Origine Protég…
Park in Nîmes

Jardins de la Fontaine

Roman remains in these elegant gardens include the 30m-high Tour Magne, raised around 15 BC – the largest of a chain of towers conveying imperial power that once punctuated the city’s 7km-long Roman ramparts. At the…
Roman Site in Nîmes

Maison Carrée

Constructed in gleaming limestone around AD 5, this temple was built to honour Emperor Augustus’ two adopted sons. Despite the name, the Maison Carrée (Square House) is actually rectangular – to the Romans, ‘square’…
French in Nîmes

Aux Plaisirs des Halles

Market-fresh dining – veal, beef, chicken, fresh fish – is the order of the day here, served with an excellent choice of Languedoc wines. The mains are quite expensive, so consider swinging by for the good-value lun…
Teahouse in Nîmes

La Petite Fadette

Tartines (open-face toasted sandwiches) such as ham and tomato or fig jam and goat’s cheese, as well as huge salads, are specialities of this cosy salon de thé (tearoom), which has a cute rococo interior and outside…
Bistro in Nîmes

La Marmite

The menu changes almost daily depending on what the chef considers the best local produce at the nearby Halles, and specials – always flavoursome – are scribbled on the well-worn blackboard. It's always packed with …
Gallery in Nîmes

Carré d’Art – Musée d'Art Contemporain

The striking glass-and-steel Carré d’Art was designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster. Inside is the Musée d’Art Contemporain, with permanent and temporary exhibitions covering art from the 1960s onwards. The…