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Le Havre: what to do, what to see...

The Normandy city of Le Havre is a veritable maritime metropolis in which you can enjoy the sunset over the Seine Estuary from the Hanging Gardens, a boat ride around the harbour or a stroll along the pretty beachfront promenade lined with restaurants and cafés. MuMa is France’s 2nd largest collection of Impressionist works and the city centre, rebuilt by Perret, is UNESCO listed.
WHAT TO SEE

• The UNESCO listed city centre rebuilt by Auguste Perret
• The MuMa overlooking the sea and housing Impressionist collections
• The Hanging Gardens in a 19th Century fort with views of the Seine estuary
• Saint-Joseph Church in the heart of the city, a masterpiece of Perret architecture
• Le Volcan arts centre, theatre and library designed by Oscar Niemeyer

WHAT TO DO

• Stroll along the beach promenade, featuring restaurants, water garden and playgrounds
• Visit Perret's historic show flat from the 1950's
• A motorboat tour around the harbour, one of the most important in Europe
• Les Halles market place on Sunday morning
• Take the open-top bus Bee Le Havre for amazing city sightseeing

WHAT TO TASTE

• Norman cheeses from "Chez Marie-Pierre" in the central market
• Calvados and Cider at "L'escapade" family producers
• Traditionally made chocolates from AUZOU
• Pastries from Mazonni's by the beach
• Seafood from the fish market in the Saint Francis quarter

WHAT TO BRING BACK

• Locally roasted coffees at Les Halles market place
• Normandy's famous Benedictine liqueur
• Paillette blonde beer, born in le Havre in 1596
• Auzou chocolates and macaroons
• A “LH” t-shirt or hoodie

Getting to Le Havre