Top things to do in Orléans

Top Choice Cathedral in Orléans

Cathédrale Ste-Croix

In a country of jaw-dropping churches, Gothic-style Cathédrale Ste-Croix still raises a gasp. Originally built in the 13th century, it underwent tinkering by successive monarchs after being partly destroyed by Prote…
Top Choice Gallery in Orléans

Musée des Beaux-Arts

Orléans’ five-level fine-arts museum is a treat, with an excellent collection of Italian, Flemish and Dutch paintings (including works by Correggio, Velázquez and Bruegel) as well as a huge collection of work by Fre…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Orléans

Le Lièvre Gourmand

You’ll get the perfect amuse-bouche with your aperitif upstairs in the salon while you decide on a set of French, Asian and fusion courses, each a creative duo of hot and cold. Delicate foams and infusions in unexpe…
Cultural in Orléans

Fêtes de Jeanne d’Arc

The Orléanais have celebrated the liberation of their city by Joan of Arc since 1430. Festivities include a medieval market (5 to 8 May), costume parades, concerts and, on 8 May (also a national holiday commemoratin…
Museum in Orléans

CERCIL – Musée-Mémorial des Enfants du Vel d'Hiv

Between 1941 and 1943, more than 16,000 Jews were interned in two camps about 50km northeast of Orléans, Beaune-la-Rolande and Pithiviers. The adults were deported first, and only after authorisation had arrived fro…
Historic Building in Orléans

Hôtel Groslot

The Renaissance-style Hôtel Groslot was built between 1530 and 1550 as a private mansion for lawyer and bailiff Jacques Groslot; it became Orléans’ city hall during the Revolution. The neo-Renaissance interior decor…
French in Orléans

Ver di Vin

Hidden away in a vaulted medieval cellar, this restaurant à vin is known for the excellence of both its cuisine de maison traditionelle (traditional French home cooking) and its wine list; 30 vintages are available …
Museum in Orléans

Musée d'Histoire et d'Archéologie

The centrepiece of this history museum, in the Renaissance-style Hôtel Cabu, is an extraordinary collection of Celtic and Gallo-Roman bronzes, recovered from the Loire’s sandy bottom. Our favourites: an almost-life-…
French in Orléans

Chez Jules

A great address for cuisine française familiale (French family-style cuisine). Reimagined four times a year, the menu features local products such as Orléans mustard, Sologne truffles and Surôtin, an aperitif made w…
French in Orléans

L'Hibiscus

White tablecloths and sparkling crystal set the tone at this refined but cosy eatery, much appreciated for cuisine that's both French gastronomique and deliciously modern. The ever-evolving seasonal menu offers just…