Art nouveau, design and specialities from Lorraine – a trip to Nancy with Reisehappen

Are you planning a trip to Lorraine? Then let the German travel and food blogger, Reisehappen, whisk you off to this golden city and embark on the trail of art nouveau and the traditional cuisine of Nancy.
On the trail of art nouveau – Musée de l'École de Nancy

Art nouveau buildings can be found on every street corner in Nancy. The Lorraine town of Nancy was once one of the most important centres of the art nouveau style in France. Artists like Emile Gallé, Victor Prouvé, Antonin Daum or Louis Majorelle found inspiration in the flora of Lorraine and expressed this using different techniques. Many of the glass artworks, paintings, ceramics, tex-tiles and furniture from this period can today be found in the Musée de l'École de Nancy, housed in the former residence of the generous patron, Eugène Corbin.

38 Rue Sergent Blandan

Regional delicacies – Les Frères Marchand restaurant

In the Les Frères Marchand restaurant, typical Lorraine specialities are served alongside delicacies from Alsace. Food is traditional, yet still original. In the summer the best place to eat is on the pretty terrace in the heart of the old town. Otherwise you are spoilt for choice with a seat in the cosy Winstub, the library, the winter garden, the salon or the cheese bar. But you definitely must try the Quiche Lorraine here.

99 Grande Rue

Sweet temptations – Nancy Passions Sucrées

For lovers of sweet specialities, Nancy really is a Mecca. The town has nearly 20 sweet speciali-ties to offer and we can thank King Stanislav for this: he had a really sweet tooth. Baba cake with Tokaji wine, madeleines, but also macarons, bergamot bonbons, plums of every kind and the gâteau Saint Epvre are always worth it. Some confectioners, patisseries and restaurants have got together as a Nancy Passions Sucrées brand, to bring their specialities closer to the town’s visi-tors.

You can find more information on the Nancy Passions Sucrées and the participating partners, here.

Eat like a king – À la table du bon roi Stanislas

Eat like a king in France, or in this case, like the King of France, that’s possible at À la table du bon roi Stanislas. Here you can discover or rediscover the old recipes that were once served to King Stanisław. Along with old Lorraine dishes, Polish classics are back on the menu, reflecting King Stanisław’s roots and tastes. So for example, you can find on the menu, a floral salad with chłodnik, a cold beetroot soup, pierogi dumplings or baba cake drenched in Tokaji wine.

7 Rue Gustave Simon

Art nouveau and fine dining – Brasserie L’Excelsior

The Brasserie L’Excelsior is located in one of the loveliest art nouveau buildings in the town. Fine cuisine has been served here for over one hundred years and to this day, nothing much has changed. Regional, international and seasonal specialities are always on the menu, but the real star is the building itself.

50 Rue Henri-Poincaré

Magical Nancy – The Laser Show Rendez-Vous Place Stanislas

Until 16th September, Place Stanislas is illuminated every evening at 10 p.m. by enchanting, many-coloured video projections. The place itself has been an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983 and counts among the most beautiful squares in Europe, but by night, this square is pure magic.

Place Stanislas

Sweet dreams – Maison d'Hôte de Myon guest house

The Maison d'Hôte de Myon is located in a charming 18th century manor house in the heart of Nancy. Here historical charm meets stylish, modern interior design – a revelation for lovers of good design and art. A real pleasure is also the lovingly prepared breakfast, which in good weather is served by the owner Madame Martine personally, in the beautiful courtyard.

7 Rue Mably

But of course there is much more to discover in Nancy (External link):

Don’t miss:

  • The Musée des Beaux-Arts, one of the oldest museums in France.
  • Nancy’s historic old town with the Porte de la Craffe town gate and the Duke’s Palace.
  • The neo-Gothic Saint Epvre church; right on the church square is Pâtisserie Adam too. You will find the best gâteau Saint Epvre in town here, an almond meringue filled with vanilla and nou-gat cream.

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