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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 champenoise Gothic architecture. The flamboyant west façade dates from the mid-1500s, while the 114m-long inte…
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 (fries) to …
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 Nos 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 M…
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 …
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…