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Top Choice Gastronomy in Valence

Restaurant Pic

Prepare to be wowed: some of France's most exquisite dining is at chef Anne-Sophie Pic's Michelin-starred premises. A sophisticated dining room with muted tones sets the stage for unforgettable dishes utilising some…
Bistro in Valence


André is the less formal but still stunning bistro side of Anne-Sophie Pic's gastronomic empire. The fabulous-value menu always involves seasonal, fresh ingredients, and dishes are imaginatively prepared and artfull…
Museum in Valence

Musée de Valence

This great museum adjoining the cathedral offers a comprehensive and well-organised collection of art and archaeology from the Rhône Valley. Of particular interest are the superb mosaics and artefacts dating from th…
Modern French in Valence


Talented chef Pierre Sève shows how inventive regional cuisine can be at this classically elegant restaurant housed in a lovely dining room complete with beamed ceilings and stone arches. The quail in walnut wine sa…
French in Valence

Chez Grand Mère

'Grandma's place' stuns with its old-fashioned dining room decorated with a wide array of knick-knacks and retro junk. There's a heavy focus on regional cuisine; locals rave about the ravioles fait maison (homemade …
Asian in Valence

My Little Warung

For a break from heavy French fare, stop by this inviting local favourite, where you can feast on flavour-packed bowls of pad thai, nasi goreng and other delights from the Far East. It's handy when time is precious;…
Cathedral in Valence

Cathédrale St-Apollinaire

A major landmark in the old town, this impressive cathedral dates from the late 11th century but was largely destroyed in the Wars of Religion before being reconstructed in the 17th century. The square bell tower is…
Architecture in Valence

Maison des Têtes

Tucked along a winding lane in the historic centre, the extraordinary façade of this building blends Flamboyant Gothic and Renaissance elements from 1530. The name comes from its allegorical sculpted têtes (heads).
Bakery in Valence

Maison Nivon

In business since 1856, this venerable bakery near the train station is one of the best places to sample Valence's classic orange-rind-flavoured shortbread in the shape of a Vatican Swiss guard. Ask for a suisse!
Food & Drinks in Valence


Part of Anne-Sophie Pic's gastronomic empire, this gourmet deli and wine shop is designed to tempt the devil in you. And it does. Stock up on jams, pastries, cakes, charcuterie, cheese, oils, cheese and top-class wi…