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Top Choice Chocolate in Vichy

Aux Marocains

A staggering range of sweet temptations fill this richly decorated 19th-century boutique, with some recipes barely changed since it was founded in 1866. Marrons glacés (candied chestnuts), nougat and fruit-studded p…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Vichy

La Table d'Antoine

Abstract portraits and high-backed chairs create a boutique feel at this temple to French fine dining. Choose from flavour pairings like char in calamondin sauce or beef with Cantal-drenched onions. Desserts are jus…
Top Choice Cafe in Vichy

Keck's Nature Shop

This Canadian-run cafe draws inspiration from far and wide in its hot chocolate menu. The 'Frambiosuisse', raspberry-tinged hot chocolate served with Gruyère cheese, is as filling as it sounds, though the orange-sce…
Gardens in Vichy

Parc des Sources

Vichy's centrepiece is the huge Parc des Sources, the town's oldest park. Dating to the mid-18th century, the park is lined with chestnut and plane trees and encircled by 700m of wrought-iron-canopied colonnade, add…
Chocolate in Vichy

Vichy-Prunelle

This fragrant and oh-so-fancy sweet boutique, founded in 1926, sells pâtes de fruits d'Auvergne (jammy fruit jellies), cables of handmade marshmallow and, of course, the renowned hard candies, pastilles de Vichy. Ra…
Gastronomy in Vichy

Les Caudalies

Chef Emmanuel Bosset infuses French classics with playful influences (and plenty of wine and liqueur): squid with rabbit and chorizo, spring rolls with lashings of absinthe, and sorbet awash in bisongrass vodka. Wee…
Church in Vichy

Église St-Blaise

Two contrasting churches combine at Église St-Blaise: the concrete outer shell of a 1931 art-deco church, resembling something of a Soviet space rocket, and at the rear an original 17th-century chapel guarding Vichy…
Seafood in Vichy

L'Hippocampe

Thoughtfully dressed and perfectly cooked, the seafood at L'Hippocampe is fit for Neptune's table. The weekday lunch menu is good value, though you won't regret splashing out on oysters with candied ginger, lobster …
Brasserie in Vichy

Brasserie du Casino

All shiny brass, squeaky leather and art-deco glamour, this timeless haunt has a wall of photos featuring the actors and chanteurs who've stopped by from the opera house since 1901. The food is substantial (Charolai…
Spring in Vichy

Hall des Sources

Chug a mouthful of reputedly healing waters at the Hall des Sources, a late-19th-century atrium resembling an art-deco greenhouse. The water is naturally fizzy with a saline tang, if you're curious.