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A relaxing outing in Amiens with La Petite Rapporteuse

The Saint-Leu neighbourhood in Amiens
Amiens is the perfect city for chilling out and enjoying a change of scenery. In addition to the friendly shopkeepers and locals, it is a city that always leaves you wanting more. The surprising architecture and plants are part of the city’s heart and soul.
Les hortillonnages: the other Venice of the North
Les hortillonnages: the other Venice of the North in Amiens

Les hortillonnages are an injection of fresh air right in the city centre, best appreciated by hiring an electric boat. Set sail from Rue Roger Allou in Camon, and discover the gardens and installations conceived by young landscape gardeners for the Art, Villes & Paysagefestival, or from Boulevard de Beauvillé in Amiens for a guided tour on a traditional boat.

Lunch at Au fil de l'eau
Au fil de l’eau restaurant in Amiens

On the banks of the Somme with a regularly refreshed menu, it’s somewhere you’ll definitely want to come back to. It’s the icing on the cake of your Amiens fresh air cure! See you at 6 Boulevard de Beauville.
See you at 6 Boulevard de Beauville

Discover an iconic venue in the Maison Jules Verne
La Maison de Jules Verne in Amiens

Jules Verne moved to Amiens in 1871, and wrote most of his novels in his home in the city. As you cross the threshold and pass through his rooms, its a bit like going behind the scenes on one of his fantastic journeys.

Entrance at 2 Rue Charles Dubois.

Sample fresh produce at Miam’s
Miam's in Amiens

I really love this place and its quirky decor. Remember to book ahead: it’s really popular!

Find it at 14 Rue des Chaudronniers.

Enjoy the sun in the Parc Saint-Pierre
Parc Saint-Pierre in Amiens

22 hectares of green space in the heart of the city: perfect for enjoying a few moments of sunshine. There’s enough room for everyone to enjoy it.

Travel the world with Amiens Zoo
Amiens Zoo

With around 85 different species to see, it’s surprising just how far away from everyday life Amiens Zoo makes you feel. Take the time to discover its biodiversity.


Find it on Esplanade de la Hotoie.

Take in the greenery at the Jardin des Plantes

Take in the greenery at the Jardin des Plantes in Amiens

This is the perfect playground for photographers. A certified “Jardin remarquable" (remarkable garden), it is a haven of tranquillity and new discoveries.

Stop for a coffee in the heart of the city at La Croustille
La Croustille’s terrace in Amiens

This tea room right in the heart of the city proffers a menu of coffees, teas, and hot drinks that you won’t find anywhere else. The terrace is hugely popular, in winter and summer alike.

Find it at 6 Place Gambetta

Rediscover Amiens Cathedral in its new coat
Amiens Cathedral

Chroma is a colourful and unique spectacle, retracing the history of Notre-Dame d’Amiens and the city itself. You can catch it after dark in Summer and Winter.

Go for a drink and explore the Saint Leu Quarter
The Saint Leu Quarter in Amiens

Before you start exploring one of the city’s liveliest neighbourhoods, take a minute to check out the surrounding streets with their colourful buildings.

Can’t get enough of Amiens?
  • In November and December, come and enjoy the Christmas market with its programme of events
  • In April and October, the city becomes one big market for the Grandes Réderies
  • In June, the Graphic Novel Festival is not to be missed
Who is La Petite Rapporteuse?
But just who is La Petite Rapporteuse?

A native of Normandy, La Petite Rapporteuse now lives and blogs in Amiens, having quickly succumbed to the city’s charm.