Rouen – Tips
|Calais||A16, A28||2 hours||via Paris
|Dieppe||N27, A151, A150||1 hour||Direct
|Le Havre||A13||1 hour||Direct
|Cherbourg||N13, A13||2:30 hours||via Caen
|Marseilles||via Paris: A7, A6 and A13||8:45 hours||via Paris:
There is a good public transportation system with buses and metro available, but my suggestion is to go on foot. Even using the public transportation you will end up going on foot a lot.
TIP: Make sure you have sturdy shoes since most of the streets are uneven cobblestones.
As you would expect from a major French city, there are many excellent restaurants (and a lot of not so good ones) in and around Rouen. Duck and cream are the main ingredients.
If you plan to eat in Rouen, you MUST eat at the Couronne restaurant at the “old market” (where Joan of Arc was burned). It is France’s oldest inn (it started in the year 1345), in the hands of the same family for generations.
If you are in for a tea (or coffee) and some incredible cakes, head for the cathedral. On the left (standing in front of the cathedral) is a narrow road leading to the Archbishop palace. There you will see “Dame Cakes”, an institution in Rouen.
This place is small, but they do have a garden with chairs (so nice in the summer), but they serve the most amazing homemade pies. Expect to wait a while in a queue before you can be seated, but the wait is worth it, I promise.
Things To See/Things To Do
- Walk the narrow streets of Rouen’s inner city.
- Come across amazing buildings anywhere in the city:
- Visit the countless churches, cathedral, abbey, and some of their ruins
- Visit the Fine Arts museum
- Visit the big, new, market (in contrast with the “old” market where Joan of Arc was burned)
- During October, visit the special street market dedicated to your stomach. It’s called the Festival of the Stomach and it’s very special.Click here to read more about it.
- Every 7 years or so, Rouen hosts the Armada, a gathering of world’s tall sail ships. They arrive in Rouen and are docked there for 2 weeks, allowing visitors to admire these sail ships. Then on a day that is communicated well in advance, all the ships sail out to the sea, an incredibly impressive sight. The next Armada event is 6 to 16th of June, 2019. So start planning.Click here to read more about the Armada
- Once a year, mid October, Rouen closes its city centre during a weekend and holds the "Fete du Ventre et de la Gastronomie Normande" festival. The best translation would be "Festival of the Stomach and Normandy Gastronomy", meaning food, but it's more than that. It's also the "stomach" of Rouen, or…