Pub in Besançon

This snug, woodsy pub is strung with fairy light and awash with a soft rock soundtrack – it's an easy-going den in which to perch on a bar stool and sip French wine or Belgian beers. There are plenty of nooks to huddle in, and bar stools that suit solo travellers looking to mingle.

Dried sausage and various tartines (open-faced toasted sandwiches), served Italian-style or with fromage blanc (a creamy, yoghurt-like cheese) and onions, are an added incentive to stick around (bar snacks €5.60 to €6.20).