Is Brittany calling? Now that Rennes is just an hour and a half from Paris, let’s go and see what’s up. La Mouette, the blogger and illustrator, takes us on a stroll around this pretty little city, not too far from the coast.
Take your time over your first coffee: La Part des Anges
Somewhat tucked away but it’s always a friendly spot to enjoy coffee, lunch, or even spend a few hours working.
2 rue Saint-Melaine
To find a gem: Mint
The shop you have to visit: run by local makers, it’s brimming with lovely pieces that are hand-made or were sourced all over Europe. Make sure you check every corner!
12 place du Champ Jacquet
Give your makeup bag a makeover: Blush
A selection of niche cosmetic brands to suit any budget, with on-point advice from David, the man behind the operation, and Camille, the cosmetics expert.
3 rue du Chapitre
For 100% made in France shopping: Made in Frogs
A little bit further along the same street, you will find accessories, interior decor items, and illustrations.
12 rue du Chapitre
For lunch on a terrace: Les Brocanteurs
Whether you sit inside or out on the pretty terrace shaded by trees, you will never be disappointed with a burger or salad at Les Brocanteurs. Special mention for the veggie burger, the Princess Leia.
2 place du Calvaire
For a breath of fresh air: Parc du Thabor
A green space in the heart of the city that is both floral and wild. Don’t forget to see it all: the rose garden is beautiful.
For a snack: Le Bistrot à Tartines
Lemonade or raspberry pie, chocolate cake, or a savoury toastie. It doesn’t matter, it’s all amazing!
2 rue des Fossés
Get decked out in flowers: Verdoyant
Verdoyant is a tiny shop selling plants, pretty flowers, and plants made up to be given as gifts.
4 rue Hoche
To indulge your inner comic book geek: M’enfin
If you love graphic novels as much as I do, the M’enfin bookshop is a real goldmine. It can be hard to leave empty-handed!
13 rue Victor Hugo
End the day with a taste of Ireland: O’Connells
Near the Breton Parliament, this Irish bar has a friendly atmosphere all the way to close. Perfect for blending in with the locals to watch a match on the TV.
7 place du Parlement de Bretagne
There’s loads more great places in Rennes, including:
- La Terrasse, the café-restaurant in the Parc du Thabor, a nice spot right in the middle of the park.
- Café Albertine, at any time of day / 10 rue Comté de Lanjuinais
- Kitchenette for lunch of a snack / 2 rue Jules Simon
- And Les Petits Papiers, a nice little shop selling paper products / 2 place Saint-Germain
But who is La Mouette?
Graphic designer/Illustrator by day, blogger by night (or vice-versa?), La Mouette has been living in Rennes since 2011.