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Top Choice Modern French in Vienne

L'Espace PH3

Overseen by two-Michelin-starred chef Patrick Henriroux, L'Espace PH3 offers an affordable gastronomic menu, serving a small selection of French classics with a creative twist. The lunch menu is an absolute steal. I…
Museum in Vienne

Musée Gallo-Romain

Across the Rhône from Vienne, the Musée Gallo-Romain highlights Vienne's historical importance, displaying several rooms full of dazzling mosaics and models of ancient Vienne, surrounded by the actual excavated rema…
Music in Vienne

Jazz Festival

This two-week jazz festival held in late June/early July is said to be one of France's finest international jazz festivals, and it does attract some very big names, including Youssou N'Dour, Marcus Miller and Lisa S…
Gastronomy in Vienne

La Pyramide

Patrick Henriroux's swish Michelin-starred flagship serves up cuisine that is as beautiful as it is delicious. His signature dishes span crusted saddle of suckling lamb, supreme of pigeon in a carrot-and-passionfrui…
French in Vienne

Le Cloître

This quintessentially French eatery hides down an alleyway near the cathedral. Dishes like lamb shank or grilled cod are nicely cooked and presented. At lunchtime join the flock and go for the fabulous-value plat du…
Theatre in Vienne

Théâtre Romain

This vast, well-preserved Roman amphitheatre was built around AD 40–50 at the base of Mt Pipet, on the eastern fringes of the old town. At that time, it was one of the largest theatres in the Roman empire – it was d…
Bistro in Vienne

Le Restique

At first glance, you know Le Restique is a find. Tucked in a side street in the heart of the old town, this cosy little place with a wooden interior serves delicious French cuisine, made with seasonal products. It a…
Church in Vienne

Église & Cloître St-André Le Bas

You can't miss this imposing church on the northern fringes of the old town. The back tower is decorated with tiny carved stone faces. In the cloister, which dates from the 12th century, look for the elaborate flora…
Historic Site in Vienne

Temple d'Auguste et de Livie

Best of all the Roman monuments in Vienne is this striking Roman temple right in the heart of the old town. Take a look at the superb Corinthian columns. It was built around 10 BC to honour Emperor Augustus and his …
Cafe in Vienne

L'Odéon

This cafe and bar on Vienne's main boulevard is a fine place to grab a coffee or a beer after exploring the old town. You can sit outside on shaded cafe tables and watch the world stroll by.