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Mine in St-Étienne

Musée de la Mine

An old industrial mining site that was once the lifeblood of St-Étienne has been transformed into a fascinating exhibition complex. On a 75-minute guided tour (available in French only), you'll get a peek behind the…
Wildlife Reserve in St-Étienne

Parc Naturel Régional du Pilat

In the mood for a rural escape? Make a beeline for the Parc Naturel Régional du Pilat, which spills across 650 sq km between Lyon and St-Étienne. A haven for ramblers and ecotourists, it's peppered with stuck-in-tim…
Museum in St-Étienne

Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain

The country’s second-largest Art Moderne museum after Paris’ Centre Pompidou, this museum features an exceptional collection of 20th-century and contemporary paintings, sculptures and photographs. It's in St-Priest-…
Museum in St-Étienne

Musée d'Art e d'Industrie

Set in a palatial 19th-century building, this museum showcases St-Étienne's three big industries back in the day, namely bicycles, ribbons and guns! Despite the disparate topics, the thoughtfully designed displays p…
Cafeteria in St-Étienne

La Fabuleuse Cantine

In a converted warehouse just behind the Cité du Design, this creative space features a changing menu of organic market-fresh fare that changes every day. The selection is limited (just one entrée, main and dessert)…
Museum in St-Étienne

Cité du Design

Find out about the Biennale Internationale Design fair and browse diverse, regularly changing exhibitions at the Cité du Design, in a gleaming glass-and-steel building; take tram T1 or T2 to the Cité du Design stop.…
Modern French in St-Étienne

Aromatic

Pierre Daret gives food a pinch of creativity and southern sunshine at intimate, softly lit Aromatic. The well-edited menu goes with the seasons, but might include such dishes as fillet of beef cooked in syrah wine …
Bistro in St-Étienne

L'Insens

Market-fresh produce and great value is the name of the game at this contemporary bistro with urban spirit. Everything from the ingredients and the cooking to the presentation is done to perfection, whether it be th…
French in St-Étienne

La Platine

Pair off-the-beaten track La Platine with a visit to the adjacent Cité du Design to enjoy an under-the-radar winner. It serves super-fresh dishes prepared with seasonal produce.
Art in St-Étienne

Biennale Internationale Design

St-Étienne hosts the forward-looking Biennale Internationale Design fair for one month kicking off in March every odd-numbered year.