Last week, and for a friend who was becoming a doctor, passing her thesis and celebrating her graduation, we spent a short week-end in Rouen. We barely had time to visit the city, however we did walk around and discovered some very nice restaurants. Here is the list of our suggestions, if ever you come to Rouen!
Our first advice would be to stay in the old town: every touristic attraction will be walkable distance and it’s only 15 minutes away walking from the train station. We stayed on an Airbnb, only a couple of steps away from the famous place du marché, and we can only recommend Eric’s place.
A brunch at Café Love
It’s a big YES for the Café Love. It starts with a breakfast menu, until 11am, then for lunch pancakes, buns, poke bowls or avocado toasts – you will probably find the perfect fit for you! Don’t miss the nachos – they are delicious !
Café Love – 3 Rue Des Basnages, Rouen, 76000, France
8am – 6pm, closed on Monday.
A typical French meal at brasserie Victor
Located just next to the train station in Rouen, the brasserie Victor is part of the Hotel de Dieppe, open in 1880. It is a typical French brasserie, with all the emblematic famous french dishes: beef tartares, oeuf parfait, oysters or foie gras. However, pescatarian and vegetarians will be very happy too: many fishes, fresh burrata and truffle pastas are on the menu.
We did not have the chance to taste the desserts, but they looked delicious!
Don’t forget to book, especially on weekends, as the brasserie gets busy.
Set menu from 19 euros
5 place Bernard Tissot 76000 Rouen
Noon-2pm and 6:30pm-10pm
A glass of wine at the wine bar Au p’ti verdot
Fancy a glass of wine and a french planche d’apéritif ? Don’t look further and go to Au p’ti verdot. Located in the old town, this wine bar (with a selection 70 different wines) has the particularity to let you compose your planche yourself: choose which cheese and which charcuterie you would like, amongst a large (and good!) selection.
The foie gras is very good too, and for a decent price! It’s the perfect place for a evening with friends.
Au P’ti Verdot
11 Rue du Père Adam, 76000 Rouen
Closed on Sunday and Monday.
A cocktail at l’Absinthe
Perfect for a Friday night: l’Absinthe is located on the place du marché, the most famous square in Rouen, with lots of bars and restaurants. There, you will find a tasteful decoration and a subdue athmosphere. The cocktails are excellent and the craft beer selection pretty impressive. The staff is also very kind and helpful. Definitely highly recommended!
Some vintage shopping at Rebirth
As a big fan of thrift shop, I cannot not mention Rebirth: a stop there was not planned, but walking by the window shop, I count not help it, I had to enter. And it was a great idea! Rebirth is a very small shop but with an amazing selection of items. Clothes – for men and women – but not only: you will also found furnitures and decoration.
Prices may a little bit higher than in other shops, but the selected items are really worth it.
Count 25 euros for a t-shirt and 40 euros for a jumper. The hardest part then will be to choose what to bring home!
54 Rue Damiette, 76000 Rouen
11am-7pm, closed on Sunday and Monday
We only spent a few hours in Rouen, and we have not been tourists enough there to give you more recommendation. However, we have loved the city center and we are already planning to go back. Next time, we will probably organise a day trip to Veules-les-Roses, a beautiful village by the seaside, only one hour drive away from Rouen.