Top things to do in Périgueux

Top Choice Museum in Périgueux

Musée Gallo-Romain Vesunna

Part of the park that contains the Tour de Vésone, this sleek museum designed by French architect Jean Nouvel encompasses a 1st-century Roman domus (townhouse) uncovered in 1959. Light floods in through the glass-an…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Périgueux


At Michelin-starred L’Essentiel, it feels like you're dining inside an aristocratic friend’s living room, with floral wallpaper and orange velour chairs providing a suitably posh setting for Périgueux’ top gourmet c…
Top Choice Bistro in Périgueux

Bistro La Verrière

This glass-encased bistro attached to a grand château creates refined seasonal cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere surrounded by verdant gardens. A high-end gastronomic restaurant, L'Oison, opens at the château for dinn…
Top Choice Brasserie in Périgueux

Café de la Place

You simply couldn’t hope to find a more lively Gallic spot. Cutlery clatters beneath classic brasserie trappings – spinning fans, shiny brass fittings, burnished wooden bar – and there’s nowhere better in town for p…
Top Choice Market in Périgueux

Wednesday & Saturday Market

Périgueux’ wonderful street markets explode into action on Wednesday and Saturday, taking over place du Coderc, place de la Clautre and place de l'Ancienne Hôtel de Ville. All sorts of gourmandise are available.
Top Choice Cathedral in Périgueux

Cathédrale St-Front

Périgueux’ most distinctive landmark is most notable for its five creamy Byzantine tower-topped domes (inspired by either St Mark’s Basilica in Venice or the church of the Holy Apostles of Constantinople, depending …
Area in Périgueux

St-Front Quarter

North of the cathedral is this fabulous tangle of cobblestone streets lined with medieval houses. The best examples are along rue du Plantier, rue de la Sagesse, rue de la Miséricorde and rue Aubergerie; many are ma…
Ruins in Périgueux

Roman Amphitheatre

The ruins of the city’s amphitheatre, designed to hold more than 20,000 baying spectators, was one of the largest such structures in Gaul. Today the tops of the arches have been revealed and embrace a peaceful park …
Gastronomy in Périgueux

Le Clos St-Front

Inside a 16th-century hôtel particulier, Patrick Feuga applies a creative approach to traditional Périgordine ingredients, with a seasonal menu that changes every month and a half. The tree-shaded garden is a dreamy…
Deli in Périgueux

Pierrot Gourmet

This lovely deli serves regional dishes canteen-style in the buzzy dining room, or boxed up to go for the perfect gourmet picnic. Specialities include cep (a type of mushroom) flans, duck parmentier, Périgueux pâté,…