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Top Choice Cathedral in Reims

Cathédrale Notre Dame

Imagine the egos and extravagance of a French royal coronation. The focal point of such bejewelled pomposity was Reims’ resplendent Gothic cathedral, begun in 1211 on a site occupied by churches since the 5th centur…
Top Choice Basilica in Reims

Basilique St-Rémi

This 121m-long former Benedictine abbey church, a Unesco World Heritage site, mixes Romanesque elements from the mid-11th century (the worn but stunning nave and transept) with early Gothic features from the latter …
Top Choice Museum in Reims

Palais du Tau

A Unesco World Heritage Site, this lavish former archbishop’s residence, redesigned in neoclassical style between 1671 and 1710, was where French princes stayed before their coronations – and where they threw sumptu…
Top Choice Winery in Reims

Taittinger

The headquarters of Taittinger are an excellent place to come for a clear, straightforward presentation on how Champagne is actually made – there’s no claptrap about ‘the Champagne mystique’ here. Parts of the cella…
Top Choice Japanese in Reims

Racine

With strong Japanese roots and a generous pinch of love for his adopted home, chef Kazuyuki creates menus that sing with bright flavours and are delivered with finesse at slick, monochrome Racine. They're listed in …
Top Choice Gastronomy in Reims

l'Assiette Champenoise

Heralded far and wide as one of Champagne's finest tables and crowned with the holy grail of three Michelin stars, L'Assiette Champenoise is headed up by chef Arnaud Lallemen. Listed by ingredients, his intricate, c…
French in Reims

Anna-S – La Table Amoureuse

So what if the decor is chintzy – there is a reason why this bistro is as busy as a beehive. Friendly service and a menu packed with well-done classics – Arctic char with Champagne jus, fillet of veal in rich, earth…
Gallery in Reims

Musée des Beaux-Arts

Lodged in an 18th-century abbey, this museum's rich collection stars one of four versions of Jacques-Louis David’s world-famous The Death of Marat (yes, the bloody corpse in the bath-tub), 27 works by Camille Corot …
Gastronomy in Reims

Le Millénaire

Sand and claret hues and contemporary artworks create an air of intimate sophistication at this Michelin-starred haunt. Chefs Laurent and Thibault Laplaige keep flavours crisp and seasonal with specialities such as …
Brasserie in Reims

Brasserie Le Boulingrin

A genuine, old-time brasserie – the decor and zinc bar date back to 1925 – whose ambience and cuisine make it an enduring favourite. From September to June, the culinary focus is on fruits de mer (seafood) such as B…