Top things to do in Vannes

Top Choice Historic Site in Vannes

Ramparts

Vannes' old town is surrounded by imposing ramparts and gates, which are in turn lined by a moat and, on the eastern edge, simply spectacular flower-filled gardens. Tucked away behind rue des Vierges, stairs lead to…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Vannes

Restaurant de Roscanvec

Hidden among the timber-frame houses of the old city, this stellar restaurant is overseen by one of Britanny's most talented names, Thierry Seychelles, whose cooking has been championed by most of the major culinary…
Crêpes in Vannes

Dan Ewen

A near-life-size statue of a smiling Breton lady bearing a tray greets you at the entrance of this popular stone and dark-wood crêperie. Generous fillings include frangipani, or flambéed options topped with crème Ch…
Gallery in Vannes

La Cohue – Musée des Beaux-Arts

Opposite the cathedral, the building called La Cohue has variously been a produce market, a law court and the seat of the Breton parliament. Today it's a well-curated museum of fine arts, displaying 19th-century pai…
Books in Vannes

La Yamouna

Bibliophiles and bookshop fans should stop by this eclectic second-hand emporium, literally crammed to the rafters with old tomes (70,000 plus); it's a cosmos of literary clutter that contains collectable editions a…
Brasserie in Vannes

Brasserie des Halles

Atmospherically set in a 16th-century building in the heart of the old town, this buzzing brasserie has a varied menu of fish and meat dishes, as well as pastas, salads, oysters and other shellfish. It's an equally …
Museum in Vannes

Musée d'Histoire et d'Archéologie

Housed inside the 16th-century Château Gaillard, this small but intriguing museum contains precious neolithic artefacts unearthed throughout the region, opening a window to an understanding of the early history of t…
Bar in Vannes

Le Verre à L'Envers

A mature, in-the-know set favours this pearl of a place just beyond the ramparts. Snag a seat on the terrace to soak up the street atmosphere or snuggle up in its pocket-sized room. Knock back a wine by the glass or…
Pub in Vannes

Paddy O' Dowd's

Get the beers in at this popular pub overlooking the harbour. The terrace is a chilled spot for summertime imbibing. Arrive late for a truly eclectic crowd, including lots of students, and an atmosphere that can swi…
Cathedral in Vannes

Cathédrale St-Pierre

On the eastern side of place St-Pierre looms the 13th-century Gothic Cathédrale St-Pierre, being ambitiously restored in parts at the time of writing. Inside, look for paintings of St Vincent Ferrier, a preacher and…