Top ChoiceChocolate 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...

Top ChoiceGastronomy 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...

Top ChoiceCafe 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...

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,...

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....

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....

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...

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,...

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...

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.

Opera in Vichy

Opéra de Vichy

The opera house, opened in 1903, has a vast auditorium that can seat 1400 spectators for musical and theatrical performances. Tickets for shows can be reserved via Vichy's tourist office or on www.digitick.com.

Spring in Vichy

Source des Célestins

For unlimited sips of Vichy's reputedly healing mineral waters, head for the Source des Célestins, housed in an attractive 19th-century atrium with lacy archways and rose-tinted glass. Bring your own bottle.

Park in Vichy

Parc Napoléon III

These 13 hectares of peaceful parkland, landscaped in honour of Napoléon III, have become a favourite riverfront idling ground for pedestrians and cyclists.

Market in Vichy

Grand Marché Couvert

Bump elbows with hungry locals at this food market 500m northwest of Vichy's train station. There are no touristy souvenirs inside this 6800-sq-m market hall, only stalls piled high with fruit, veg, meat and...

Casino in Vichy

Casino du Grand Café

Vichy's original casino, opened in 1865, was one of the first in France. Today punters can play blackjack, roulette or feed coin-slot machines in the annex of the now-closed original.

Park in Vichy

Parc Kennedy

Just south of the Parc Napoléon III is this stretch of parkland hugging the Allier River, landscaped in the style of an English garden during the late 19th century.

Museum in Vichy

Musée de l’Opéra de Vichy

This seasonal museum houses rotating exhibits that document the performances, costumes and culture of Vichy’s turn-of-the-20th-century opera house.

Spring in Vichy

Source de l'Hôpital

The brass taps of the Source de l'Hôpital, which was first used in Gallo-Roman times, dispense unlimited quantities of warmish mineral waters to curistes (visitors seeking hydrotherapy treatment) in possession of...