Befitting Vichy's genteel ambience, upmarket French cuisine is easy to find in Vichy. For inexpensive sidewalk dining, check out the cluster of brasseries at the intersection of rue de Paris and rue Georges Clemenceau.

To eat sur le pouce ('on the thumb'; that is, takeaway), find Vichy's covered market 500m northwest of the train station.

Don't Miss: Vichy's Sweet Treats

Sweet-toothed travellers may well find Vichy a dream destination. What began with pastilles de Vichy, hard candies originally devised to settle the stomach, grew into a confectionery trade that has allowed chocolateries, patisseries and sweet boutiques to bloom across Vichy.

The town’s signature sweeties, octagonal pastilles de Vichy, date to 1825. They were originally made with bicarbonate of soda to soothe digestive troubles. Hype grew when Eugénie, wife of Napoléon III, developed a passion for these moreish sweets. Salts extracted from Vichy mineral water were soon included in the recipe, mixed with sugar and flavoured with mint, lemon or aniseed, and pastilles remain firmly established as an after-dinner refresher across the Auvergne.

In their traditional blue-checked tins, pastilles are a favourite gift or souvenir, sold by numerous confectioners. But don’t limit yourself: there are also carreaux de Vichy, layers of almond paste and fruit jelly pressed into colourful cubes. Vichy-Prunelle sells a mouth-watering assortment, along with house speciality délices de prunelle, squares of pistachio marzipan and candied fruit, plus homemade guimauves (marshmallows) in flavours from blackcurrant to vanilla. Another sugary trove is Aux Marocains, a 19th-century boutique whose shelves are heavy with marrons glacés (candied chestnuts), nougat and fruit-studded pâte d'amande (marzipan).