The grand city of Rennes is urban Brittany at its most charming.
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.
The legendary Rue Saint-Michel – known as 'Drinker's Alley' – has a bar or club roughly every few metres and it's always been this way. With a heavy concentration of nightspots amid the timber frames, the street is a key after-hours destination. It gets busy and boisterous in the evening, so don't plan for a quiet evening here.
For something a little more sedate, enjoy a relaxing glass of red on the pleasant terraces of Place Sainte-Anne or Place du Champ-Jacquet. You'll also find bars aplenty on the charming Rues Vasselot and Rallier du Baty, but without the hectic frenzy of Rue Saint-Michel.
Thursday is student night in Rennes – and this is a city with a large university population. As such, you can expect larger crowds in the bars and clubs during term time.