Destination Guide: Montpellier
Atmospheric museums and vibrant squares beneath southern
Soak up the sun on the buzzing Place de la Comédie, known
locally as 'the Egg'. Combine shopping, grazing and museum
culture around the old town's pedestrian streets of
honey-hued Renaissance mansions.
Food and Drink
Sun-kissed Mediterranean cuisine and hearty Languedoc
dishes. Spoil yourself with creative southern French food
and an urban garden setting in
le Jardin des Sens, a Michelin-starred restaurant on
Avenue Saint-Lazare. Inviting restaurants on
old town squares serve fish straight from the
Mediterranean and hearty
cassoulet packed with haricot beans and meat.
Sightseeing and relaxation
Mansion museums and a lively old town. Get fired up on
strong coffee in bustling cafés on the
Place de la Comédie, then stroll into the old town
past elegant 17th-century mansions. Roman to medieval-era
artefacts fill the vaulted Gothic halls at
Musée Languedocien. The
Musée Fabre in Champs de Mars Park displays art by
Gustave Courbet, Delacroix and Raphael.
Chocolates, cheeses and one-off fashion boutiques.
Rue de la Loge is the city's main shopping drag, and
the ultra-modern Antigone quarter is home to vast mall
Polygone. In Écusson, the old town, trio of narrow
Rue de l'Argenterie, Rue de l'Ancien Courrier and
Rue St-Guilhem are fertile ground for upscale fashion
shops, chocolatiers and cheese specialists.
Nightlife and Entertainment
Café culture and beachside bars. In the
old town, sit outside a mellow café with a chilled
apéritif of aniseed-flavoured pastis. The
Opéra Berlioz in the
Corum centre has a year-round programme of classical
and pop concerts. Night owls head to clubs along the road to
Palavas, where beach bars by the Med are a short bus