Top things to do in Riom

Top Choice Gallery in Riom

Musée Mandet

Dating back to 1866, the Musée Mandet's splendid collection of art is arranged across two atmospheric hôtels particuliers (town houses). Exploring these beautifully restored buildings is part of the charm, while the…
Top Choice French in Riom

Le Flamboyant

Near Riom's clock tower, chef Hervé Klein accents local ingredients with flavours from India, Japan and beyond. Be surprised by seven courses selected by the chef (€100) or snap up a weekday lunch menu, featuring re…
Tower in Riom

Tour de l'Horloge

If you do one thing in Riom, it's likely to be climbing the 128 stairs of this Renaissance belfry to reach panoramic views of volcanic-stone houses and rolling farmland. Breaking up the ascent are a few simple displ…
French in Riom

L'Antre 2

This historic grocer's shop has been transformed into an understated eatery where salads, steaks and fish are beautifully turned out and always served with a regional twist. We especially like the plaice poached in …
Church in Riom

Basilique St-Amable

This ornate Romanesque church dates back to the 13th century, though its Gothic flourishes (such as the bell tower) were added in the 19th century. The basilica honours Riom-born Saint Amable, said to have ousted de…
Pub in Riom

Au Petit Bonheur

If you're wondering where Riom's population vanishes to in the evenings, the answer is this wood-lined bistro and pub. Whether you chance on live jazz or a sports match screening, a convivial evening perched on a ba…
Wine Bar in Riom


Sip excellent wines by the glass in this friendly bar, styled along a chic minimalist theme. There's bistro food on offer too (menus from €12.50), if you need something more filling than a second glass of Côtes d’Au…
Church in Riom

Église Notre Dame du Marthuret

Peer into this shadowy late-14th-century church to see Riom's most prized relics. The Vierge noire (Black Madonna) dates to the 13th or 14th century. Above the exterior door is the Vierge à l’Oiseau, depicting the V…
Museum in Riom

Musée Régional d’Auvergne

This 4000-object collection is a thorough primer on local traditions, with a focus on rural customs in the 19th century (expect plenty of antique farming implements and peasant garb). Guided tours only (in French).