City guide: Nancy

City guide: Nancy

Just 1.5 hours from Paris and Strasbourg, the beautiful Lorraine offers many surprises to visitors who venture there. It has managed to mix a rich historical heritage and the cultural attractions of Art Nouveau with a very contemporary art of living and today gives pride of place to design, gastronomy and innovative initiatives.

Place Stanislas

Fleur Louis Listed as a UNESCO building, this square, laid out in 1737 by Stanislas Leszczynski, king of Poland who became Duke of Lorraine, is considered one of the most beautiful squares in the world. The wrought iron gates of Jean Lamour, the rococo style fountains of Barthélémy Guibal and the many coffee terraces make it the heart of the city. Halfway between the historic center and the shopping streets, Place Stanislas also hosts the Town Hall, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Lorraine National Opera. Renovated in 2005, it is now entirely pedestrianized for the pleasure of strollers!

Granny in Austria

Fleur Louis An irresistible home decor store or quench your thirst for stationery, colorful gadgets, baskets, dishes, oilcloths and kitchen accessories. There are new arrivals every week from Bloomingville, a little lovely, Rice or even Petit Pan. A joyful bazaar where balloons rub shoulders with cute cushions, where plush trophies contemplate irresistible bentos. 6 rue Saint-Nicolas

The Daum collection of the Museum of Fine Arts

Regine Datin One of the most impressive collections of crystal in the world is hidden in the basement of the Museum of Fine Arts, that of the Daum crystal factory created in 1878. Nearly 700 works tell the story of the Nancy factory and the developments of know-how registered in the intangible cultural heritage of France. 3 place Stanislas

The Dynamo bike workshop

Fleur Louis Located in the old town, this participative workshop welcomes cyclists to repair their bicycles in a good mood. Knowledge and resources (tools, equipment) are pooled to allow everyone to learn mechanics and maintain or renovate their loyal steed! A sale of recycled bikes is also organized at the start of each school year with unbeatable prices. Dynamo is also a benchmark for bicycle travel enthusiasts and ready for members of equipped frames (bags, trailer etc.) for large breakaways. 18 rue Pierre Gringoire

The drugstore At the rainbow

Fleur Louis This drugstore, created in 1879, is a real landmark for DIY, cooking and gardening enthusiasts. You can taste the old-fashioned charm of old-fashioned provincial hardware stores where you can find everything that is useful: shoe polish, knives, watering cans, brushes, seeds, kitchen items, oilcloths and brushes. 21 Rue Raugraff

Showroom V as vintage

Fleur Louis Basically a small flea market online, V comme vintage also presents its finds in two spaces in town, one of which is hidden in the center, on the first floor of the Helmut & Petula boutique in the blue passage. There are objects from the 50s, 60s and 70s and it is a paradise for rattan, tableware and retro furniture lovers!

The Museum of the School of Nancy

Fleur Louis In this period property that belonged to Eugène Corbin are gathered the most beautiful pieces of Art Nouveau from the School of Nancy: furniture, glassware, stained glass, ceramics by renowned artists like Louis Majorelle, Eugène Vallin, Émile Gallé… An astonishing reconstruction of naturalist inspiration to combine with a pleasant visit of the surrounding landscaped garden which shelters ponds and Art Nouveau monuments. 36-38 Rue Sergent Blandan

Lefèvre-Lemoine confectionery

Fleur Louis Very close to the station is the oldest confectionery store in Nancy. Founded in 1840, this family business still treats Nancy's famous bergamots today! Also famous for its Nancy macaroons, Lorraine thistles and gingerbread, the shop seems to have not changed over the years. Lunéville earthenware on the shelves, the old-fashioned tea room at the back and the vintage packaging accentuate the impression of traveling back in time. 47 Rue Henri Poincaré

Deco made in France at the Cent 9

Fleur Louis This concept store offers an original selection of quirky objects and accessories from 100% French manufacturing. Crockery, stationery, lamps, clocks or pockets, each item born from the know-how of French craftsmen and publishers has its personality and it is easy to opt for responsible design and quality! 109B rue Saint-Dizier

The old Town

Regine Datin This charming district of cobbled streets and small shops is perfect for strolling around, finding a good restaurant and discovering hidden treasures. Visit the Church of the Cordeliers and the Ducal Palace which today house the Lorrain museum, admire the Hotel des Loups, the Porte de la Craffe and the Saint-Epvre Basilica. Stroll between the antique shops and the terraces and enjoy the pretty flea market once a month. In July, the district also hosts the arts and crafts market and comes alive in October to the sound of the Nancy Jazz Pulsations festival.