Top ChoiceCathedral 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...

Top ChoiceGallery 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...

Top ChoiceGastronomy 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

French in Orléans

La Parenthèse

Youthful chef David Sterne turns fresh produce from nearby market stalls, including heritage vegetables, into old-fashioned, family-style French cuisine, creating seasonal menus that change every two months....

Square in Orléans

Place du Martroi

In the centre of Orléans' main square, a bronze statue (1855) depicts Joan of Arc atop a prancing steed; nearby there's a carousel (merry-go-round). A food market sets up here on Friday evening from about 4pm to...

French in Orléans

La Dariole

Locals flock here for traditional French gastronomique cuisine made with fresh seasonal products. The menu changes every four weeks, evolving with the seasons. Has just 30 dining spots, so reserve ahead by phone.

Market in Orléans

Halles Châtelet

A covered food market with about two dozen stalls, including three excellent fromageries and a boulangerie.

Museum in Orléans

Maison de Jeanne d’Arc

An excellent 15-minute film (in French or English) tracing Joan of Arc's origins, accomplishments and historical impact is the main attraction at the Maison de Jeanne d'Arc, a 1960s reconstruction of the...

Pub in Orléans

McEwan’s Café

Scottish-themed sports bar popular for its wide variety of whiskies and beers, including 17 on tap, and regular rugby and football broadcasts.

Monument in Orléans

Joan of Arc Statue

Depicting St Joan atop a prancing steed, this huge bronze statue (1855) by Denis Foyatier is in the centre of place du Martroi.