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Caen Travel guide
Caen : Michelin's recommendations
Contemporary and culturally prominent, this town boasting two abbeys (the abbaye aux Hommes and the abbaye aux Dames) deserves its place as a technological, regional and touristic regional capital. Rich in history, it was here that William the Conqueror and his wife Matilda chose to reside. Ravaged by bombardments in the Second World War, Caen’s spirit of resistance and vitality is apparent in the shining image it presents to today’s visitors.
Tourist attractions Caen : Things to see and do
place St-Pierre F - 14000 Caen
This Church built in the 13 C to the 16 C is striking for its luxurious ornamentation. Its «King of Norman clock tower» was rebuilt after 1944. Finished in 1545 the chevet is most remarkable for the richness of its decor. Inside note the details on t..
Espl. de la Paix F - 14000 Caen
Housed in the former governors’ residence, this museum boasts archaeological and ethnographic collections dedicated to Normandy’s history and popular traditions. The section dedicated to the Gallo-Roman period, which includes a late-1C mother goddess..
Rue St-Pierre F - 14000 Caen
Busy and lively thoroughfare. It has two of the rare half-timbered houses which remain in Caen (nos. 52 and 54): they date from the start of the 16 C. Their decoration which is still in the Gothic style (sculptures, statues of the Saints) integrate..
Place Jean Letellier F - 14000 Caen
The Central Hotel is located in the centre of Caen in the square surrounded by a wooded pedestrian area, near the University and close to the castle. All of the hotel’s guestrooms are unique in décor and modern in comfort. All rooms are equipped wit..
Prix Prices from : 65 €
The Courtonne hotel is situated in city center, close to the shops and the marina, in the heart of a city loaded with history at 19 km from the beaches of the Normandy Landings and the Memorial Museum. The establishment holds 20 bedrooms: single, do..
39 Rue De Bernières F - 14000 Caen
Prix Prices from : 56 €
Located in the heart of Caen, close to the tramway stop (line 2), hotel Astrid is set 15 minutes from the beach. It offers modern guest rooms with a TV and free Wi-Fi access. All guest rooms feature a private bathroom. Family rooms are also availabl..
29 r. Gémare F - 14000 Caen
This place is just the ticket for fans of Normandy's specialities: oysters from the bay of Isigny-sur-Mer, Swiss Normandy pigeon, and Vire andouille sausage. The onus is on ingredients from the region but the chef also knows how to compose more origi..
16 quai Vendeuvre F - 14000 Caen
This large Art Deco-style brasserie is known for its lively ambience and for its cuisine, which is quintessential brasserie fare. The seafront setting naturally renders fine seafood prominent on the menu and the conservatory overlooks the port.
12 r. Graindorge F - 14000 Caen
Behind the simple façade is a Lyon-style bistro serving tasty market sourced dishes that are seasonally inspired. Chalked up on the slate is another delight: a fine selection of wines from small producers.
17 r. Gémare F - 14000 Caen
The name recalls the town in Andalusia where the owner was born. Salmon tartare with langoustine coulis, rabbit stuffed with pistou... the cuisine is appealing and during the summer can be enjoyed on the terrace.
8 r. des Croisiers F - 14000 Caen
In tune with the gastronomy of today! The chef at this cosy bistro - not far from the château - draws in food lovers with his personal, inventive cooking. All at a reasonable price so it is best to reserve.
au Château F - 14000 Caen
This café in the musée des Beaux-Arts is a feast in every sense. Find a contemporary decor, terrace, jazz evenings and - last but not least - a menu that creatively revisits Normandy regional classics.