The grand city of Rennes is urban Brittany at its most charming.
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Historic cobbled streets lined with bars, shops and pretty terraces link together churches, parks and museums in a city that offers intimacy during daytime and friendly Breton cheer when the sun goes down.
Food and drink
Marché des Lices
The famous Marché des Lices, held every Saturday morning at Place des Lices, is one of the largest markets in France. For over four centuries this has been the place to go for Breton specialities including seafood, meat, cheese and vegetables. Today around 300 farmers, producers and craftsmen sell their wares here. It can get busy but it's worth the effort.
The Breton Sausage Galette – a Rennes hot dog – is one of the city's signature dishes. Consisting of a buckwheat crepe surrounding a hot grilled pork sausage, this delicious street food favourite has delighted generations of locals and visitors.
Dining out in Rennes
Restaurants, bistros and café-bars are plentiful in Rennes, with the atmospheric Rue St-Malo and Rue St-Georges – with its many crêperies – among the culinary destinations of note. Fish is a speciality in these parts, but you'll find a range of other Breton dishes on the menu.
Rennes, like Brittany in general, is renowned for its sparkling cider. If you’re a beer-drinker, look out for brews from Breton brewery Brasserie Lancelot – flagship brews include Blanche Hermine wheat beer, the strong, non-hopped Cervoise Lancelot and the dark Telenn Du, which uses buckwheat. For a non-alcoholic alternative, try the brewery’s Breizh Cola.