Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Tours

Musée du Compagnonnage

This extraordinary museum – an absolute gem! – spotlights France's renowned compagnonnages, guild organisations of skilled craftspeople who have created everything from medieval cathedrals to the Statue of Liberty. …
Top Choice French in Tours

Le Zinc

This intimate restaurant, with just a dozen tables, garners rave reviews for its outstanding traditional French cuisine, prepared à l'ancienne (in the old style, like your grandmother would have). Each dish – saltwa…
Top Choice Gallery in Tours

Musée des Beaux-Arts

This superb fine-arts museum, in a gorgeous 18th-century archbishop’s palace, features paintings, sculpture, furniture and objets d'art from the 14th to 20th centuries. Highlights include paintings by Delacroix, Deg…
Church in Tours

Cathédrale St-Gatien

With its flying buttresses, gargoyles and twin Renaissance-style towers (70m) – and, inside, Gothic vaulting, dazzling stained glass and huge baroque organ – this cathedral cuts a striking figure. Near the entrance …
French in Tours

La Maison des Halles

Relaxed but refined, this French restaurant garners consistently excellent reviews for its steak and its Touraine specialities, including beuchelle à la tourangelle (calf sweetbreads and kidneys combined with cream …
French in Tours

L’Atelier Gourmand

Using Touraine-grown products and spices that chef David Bironneau brings back in his suitcase from faraway lands, this restaurant serves French cuisine that's as contemporary as its violet-and-aubergine colour sche…
French in Tours

L'Emballie

Fresh, seasonal products are judiciously combined here to produce superb French dishes, a few of them inspired by the culinary traditions of southern France and Asia. The house speciality is sandre (pikeperch) with …
Crêpes in Tours

Le Timbre Poste

Acclaimed by locals as one of Tours' best purveyors of savoury buckwheat galettes, sweet crêpes, and cidre (apple cider; €3.50/8 per glass/pitcher) from Normandy and Brittany, this restaurant also serves creative sa…
Fusion in Tours

Barju

The French cuisine here, served in bright, contemporary rooms, is infused with inspiration asiatique (inspiration from Asia). Chef Julien Perrodin's focus is on fish, and seafood brought in fresh from Cancale and St…
Club in Tours

Les Trois Orfèvres

An underground (literally) nightspot where DJs (every night) and bands (about one Thursday or Friday a month, starting between 7.30pm and 8.30pm) quake the cellar walls with pop and rock, and students as well as old…