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Top Choice Gallery in Troyes

Musée d’Art Moderne

Housed in a 16th- to 18th-century bishop’s palace, this place owes its existence to all those crocodile-logo shirts, whose global success allowed Lacoste entrepreneurs Pierre and Denise Lévy to amass this outstandin…
Top Choice Area in Troyes

16th-Century Troyes

Half-timbered houses – some with lurching walls and floors that aren’t quite level – line many streets in the old city, rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1524. The best place for aimless ambling is the area bounde…
Top Choice Cathedral in Troyes

Cathédrale St-Pierre et St-Paul

All at once imposing and delicate with its filigree stonework, Troyes' cathedral is a stellar example of champenois Gothic architecture. The flamboyant west façade dates from the mid-1500s, while the 114m-long inter…
Top Choice Museum in Troyes

Maison de l’Outil et de la Pensée Ouvrière

Worn to a sensuous lustre by generations of skilled hands, the 11,000 hand tools on display here – each designed to perform a single, specialised task with exquisite efficiency – bring to life a world of manual skil…
Top Choice Burgers in Troyes

Claire et Hugo

Meet Claire and Hugo, the dynamic duo behind this double-decker-bus street-food venture, which does the rounds in Troyes and its surrounds. Everything on the menu is homemade: from the burgers and frites to the brea…
Top Choice French in Troyes

Le Valentino

What could be more romantic than a table à deux in the cobbled courtyard of this rose-hued, 17th-century modern French restaurant? The chef juggles flavours skilfully in market-driven specialities such as roasted mo…
Museum in Troyes

Hôtel de Vauluisant

This haunted-looking, Renaissance-style mansion shelters a twinset of unique museums. The Musée de l’Art Champenois is a repository for the evocative paintings, stained glass and statuary (stone and wood) of the Tro…
Street in Troyes

Ruelle des Chats

Off rue Champeaux (between No 30 and 32), a stroll along tiny ruelle des Chats (Alley of the Cats), as dark and narrow as it was four centuries ago – the upper floors almost touch – is like stepping back into the Mi…
French in Troyes

Aux Oiseaux de Passage

A 10-minute amble east of central Troyes, on the banks of the Seine, this artsy, family friendly cafe brims with books, board games, art and mismatched furniture. Come for the relaxed boho vibe, great coffee and hom…
French in Troyes

Ô des Lys

A talented husband-wife team shakes the pans at this sweet, intimate bistro in the heart of historic Troyes. Classic French home cooking with a pinch of love is brought to tightly packed tables – with starters like …