April 16th, 2013
Rennes Travel Guide by admin
Rennes, the capital of Brittany, is a great weekend break and one that will allow you to enter into a picture-perfect city full to the brim with market stalls, quaint building, theatres, grand cathedrals and upmarket boutiques.
The café culture here is astounding and you will often find the chic French chatting to friends over dark, rich shots of espresso. After a day filled with shopping, this is the perfect way to wind down.
Shopping in Rennes
In the midst of the city’s rich heritage, you will find an abundance of shops, selling everything from designer bags and shoes to high-end suits and statement ties. Regardless of whether you choose to window shop or purchase an array of items, the laid back atmosphere makes this an activity to suit all. Those looking for renowned chains should look to Rue Orléans, Rue d’Estrées, Rue le Bastard or Rue La Motte Fablet. Here you will find a mixture of renowned shops and when you feel like venturing somewhere a little different, check out Rue de Toulouse, Rue Lafayette and Rue Nationale for a more unusual boutique shopping experience.
Theatres, Cinemas and Bars
This lively city boasts an energetic cultural scene all year round. Choose to embark on an opera experience at the National Theatre of Brittany or enter into the jazz scene in one of Rennes’ numerous cultural hangouts. The city is famed for festivals and modern art events, which take place all year round.
France is famous for fine wine, cold meats and cheese and whilst there, you should tempt all three. And for those with a sweet tooth, the many bakeries and street cafes boast enormous waffles and crepes, dripping in chocolate and fruits. There are over 400 restaurants and cafes in Rennes, all of which offer a wide range of cuisines, with everything from traditional restaurants to fine dining experiences.
Before You Go
Prior to embarking on a French adventure, you must ensure your annual travel insurance is in order. Investing in an annual policy is a great option for those that travel often. This is also a less expensive way to buy into insurance that is valid all year round. It certainly takes the hassle out of organising cheap holiday insurance prior to every trip. France is a great fly/drive destination and if you intend to hire a car, ensure your existing travel policy covers you for driving in other countries.