Colourful half-timbered buildings lean precariously over the cobbled streets in medieval Quimper, the heart of Brittany's Finistère region.
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Built at the confluence of the rivers Odet and Steïr, this delightful city features floral bridges, peaceful squares and a mighty Gothic cathedral. Through its museums, festivals, cuisine and customs, Quimper honours and preserves traditional Breton culture.
Quimper is subtle and refined rather than bold and brash – it’s not a place for clubbing and heavy nights on the town. The city's speciality is an evening out at a cosy restaurant with authentic local cuisine and good wine, and there are plenty of café-bars to choose from for an intimate, relaxing evening, inside or out.
Still, if you're after something more energetic, you do have options. Atmosphere is certainly not lacking in the squares and back streets of the Old Town, where you can enjoy a drink on the cobbles. Quimper's sizeable student population has enough of a foothold to crowd the trendier bars or create a buzz when there's live music.
Most of the action happens north of the river, with busy Rue du Sallé and Place Saint-Corentin good starting points.