Brest Travel Guide

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Brest Things to Do

  • For Your Last Beer

    At Brest railway station there's an all-purpose bar/café/tabac/newsagent and general convenience store called "TRIB's". Friendly little place, good-looking eats and rather tasty barmaid. The terrace is on the afternoon sunny side of the station, overlooking the commercial port.Ideal for a beer on the sunny afternoon as I was leaving...

  • Soviet Brutalism???

    OK this is just a bit of fun but I couldn't help but note that Brest's post-war central square reminded me of those much derided Soviet installations from the same time.So, did Stalin take his inspiration from the French? Or vice-versa?Pics are the Place de la Liberte and the Hotel de Ville.I'll leave that up to you guys to decide.

  • Musée National de la Marine

    The Chateau de Brest is a "Thing to Do" in its own right and the fact that it hosts the Musée National de la Marine is a doubleplusgood bonus.This is one of the five French National Maritime Museums, the others being in Paris, Port Louis, Rochefort and Toulon, which began with the "Salle de Marine" at Paris's Louvre in 1752. In the aftermath of the...


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Brest Restaurants

  • It's Midnight...It's Kebab Time!

    I'd enjoyed an excellent, leisurely, three-course lunch in Morlaix on my journey from Roscoff to Brest (Morlaix BTW being well-worth the stopover) and so a few beers were all that I really needed, sustenance-wise, to see me through the evening.After a night out enjoying the bars of the lively Chateau District it was de-rigueur for me to stop off...

  • a wonderful pub in Brest

    This is the continuation of Au Bureau we like so much, the franchise is broken so they open on the same spot, similar menu, and same great service and quality Under a different name. Resto Au Pub.The welcome, the fast service, the quality of the food, the prices all are still the same wonderful place, I recommend to all passing by Brest.Its an area...

  • The Americans are here BK

    This is the first in Brittany and was done in Brest, not eaten yet, just saw it we had try the one in Saint Lazare in Paris. Burger King is burgers chain base in our old Florida. So we will have to try it here.Just in advance because its not even on their French site yet, just getting going from one day after Christmas. At the second level of the...


Brest Nightlife

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  • A Tad On The Trendy Side (For Me).

    Purely for research purposes, and nothing whatsoever to do with being able to sit outside and chain smoke, I popped into Lafayette for a nightcap before heading back to my hotel. This is one of the uber-trendy bars in the Chateau District where a lively young crowd were downing exotic cocktails to the backdrop of blasting music - techno house or...

  • A Proper Pub!

    Although the lively Chateau District mostly caters for the city's student population there are a couple of proper pubs, one of which is La Sampdoria - La Sampdo' if you're lucky enough to be a regular. On its Facebook page it describes itself as a "Dive Bar" which I suppose compared to some of the uber-trendy places in the area correctly describes...

  • Lively and Friendly

    I was especially fortunate with the location of my hotel, the Astoria on Rue Traverse, since the road it was on led directly into the lively Chateau District. On both sides of the Rue de Siam there's a profusion of bars, restaurants and fast food places which pretty much cover the whole spectrum of tastes and budgets.Brest is a young city in more...


Brest Transportation

  • Taking The Tram

    Most of the city's touristy things are centrally-located and within easy walking distance of each other but if you do need to get further afield, or have mobility problems the public transport system is both comprehensive and reasonably cheap. This is run by the local company Bibus whose buses cover the whole city. Bibus also runs the 14.3...

  • The End Of The Line

    Brest's railway station, Gare de Brest, is the terminus of the Paris-Brest railway line with hourly day-time services in each direction to and from Paris's Gare Montparnasse. Direct services by TGV take just over 4 hours whilst services which require a connection at Rennes, on the regional TER, take a little longer depending on the connection time....

  • Tramway

    Brest sports a modern tramway .as well has buses. Brest is in Bretange area of France. The trams are clean and regular service.


Brest Shopping

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  • The ultimate Parisien Printemps

    This is one of the classic stores of France and it has a nice big presence here in Brest. You can change the webpage to other languages.You have an overpass connector to the shopping center espace Jaurés on rue Jean Jaurés and also an independant entrance on the same street for the store as well as the side entrance of rue Kergojou.the building is...

  • local bakery fournee a brest

    We wanted to try a new one and we need to have bread after this is France ::)So walking in our shoppers paradise of rue de siam and rue jean jaurés we stumbled upon this one. A very good find and we shall be back.This bakery opposite the Jaurès shopping center... Difficult indeed to not succumb to the bread (including the Bagatelle Label red...

  • shopping center with Breton name

    This is a shopping center with several store right on shoppers paradise of rue de Siam going over to rue Jean Jaurés. You have several nice stores here like C&A ,Etam, Foot Lockers, France Loisirs, Jules, Micromania, Yves Rocher, and McDonalds clothing, games, books, personal care, and fun games are all from nice good stores we follow good...


Brest Local Customs

  • Marche de Noel at Brest II

    well this is something that is becoming more and more popular all over, coming from the East of France and now here many towns have one.Second part with more pictures.Same text.We chose to start our Christmas market shopping the one at Brest.the march¨¦ de No¨ºl ,where we did some shopping in sausages, pan d¡¯¨¦pices and one with chocolate;...

  • Marche de Noel at Brest I

    well this is something that is becoming more and more popular all over, coming from the East of France and now here many towns have one.We chose to start our Christmas market shopping the one at Brest.the march¨¦ de No¨ºl ,where we did some shopping in sausages, pan d¡¯¨¦pices and one with chocolate; different cakes with Christmas motifs, vin chaud...

  • The French dine rather late in...

    The French dine rather late in summer, so be prepared to dine from at least 19.00 (7 pm) hours or 20.00 (8 pm)hours until 22.00 (10 pm)hours or maybe later. For shops: most are closed between 11 am and 2 pm and on sundays.


Brest Warnings and Dangers

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    At some beaches, like Turballe...

    by sandravdp Written Sep 7, 2002

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    At some beaches, like Turballe the stream is very strong. This can be dangerous for young kids. It's best to keep them away from the water or to go in with them while they wear safety vests and don't go in to deep.

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Brest Tourist Traps

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    No real traps are here. For...

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    No real traps are here. For cheap souvenirs it's best to avoid the souvenirshops and to go to the local markets.

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Brest What to Pack

  • Have a private means of transport.

    Going by private car is condered ideal. This is because there more things to see on the way to Brest than just the town itself. The whole of Bretagne is so lovely. Considering the time I went there, it is nice to dress very warm. and I mean very warm. I went in mid December. Toiletries are necesary, but can be bought on the way. A digital camera...

  • Be waterproof and don't forget the...

    The usual stuff, depending on what you do. Even in summer, it is good to have a raincoat and a warm jumper with you. You might never use them but if you do, you'll be glad you packed them. You can find everything locally so no worries there. Don't forget a polarising filter. The sky can turn an amazing blue and the sunsets are unforgettable. A...

  • Packing List

    Bring a handy sportsbag or something like that. Dress lightly, bring a sweater/light coat and some trousers for when the evening gets cold. Bring along suncream and anti-mosquito spray. You will need it. Good film for your camera is available here. Filmdevelopment is possible too, but my experience is that it's always better at home. Take a...


Brest Off The Beaten Path

  • Not A Touristy Thing But...

    ...interesting nevertheless. The commercial Port de Brest is the busiest in Brittany and the 6th busiest in France with an annual tonnage of about 2.9 million. The deepwater harbour can accommodate any size of ship and the port has all the facilities required for their handling.Companies which use the port regularly include Maersk, CMA-CGM, BG...

  • A Beer With The Locals

    Having left my luggage, well my single carry-on, with the hotel to be picked up later I spent my morning at the fascinating Musee National de la Marine at the Chateau de Brest.I reckoned that was enough culture and history to justify a beer. I fancied taking a scoot around on the tram and so combined the two with a trip out to Place de Strasbourg...

  • Church Saint Louis

    This is a modern Church of Saint Louis and perhaps for it, does not get much news.It is easily seen from rue de Siam in the center of the shopping district of Brest.IT was done after the reconstruction of Brest after WWII from 1953 to 1958 , on the ruins of the old one that was built between 1686 and 1785. The Church is dedicated to the king Louis...


Brest Sports & Outdoors

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    by gwened Written Dec 1, 2013

    This is a huge wonderful indoor facilities that makes you think you are still at the beach even if we are now in winter ::)

    you have opening hours in school period and off. School they close by 19h30 in most days while off school they open until 20h in most days. Admission is per adult 5,30€ child 4,30€ and for the water activities and sauna, spas etc there is a package détente for 13€ then you have different admission like for 10 entries you pay 45€ adults etc. We just come for the day so single tickets.

    You have a 827 m2 pool, sporting pool and leisure pool, games lagoon,skating ring, rapids current riviera, hydro massaging, giant pentaslides, hamman, jacuzzis, sauna, and solarium. new things are aquabiking and infra red cabins.

    it is at the entrance to Brest on the N165 at the traffic circle direction gare SNCF trains you go around and come out in the exit stadiumparc clearly marked.

    Good for the whole family and very good in colder days

    Equipment: you bring your swimsuits ,towels snack food and the rest is there.

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Brest Favorites

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  • Brest Office de Tourisme

    Although this is something I didn't have cause to use the Brest Tourist Office looks as if it's a particularly useful one and its well-constructed website is kept up-to-date with the latest news and events. I assume it does all the normal things that tourist offices do - accommodation assistance, public transport information, things to do and see,...

  • Le Cap Horn Bar

    Friendly bar near Rail station and hotel. Nice french beer and snacks. Near my hotel for late drink.hotel in picture.

  • Walk Brest

    well once out of the harbor area, come on over to the city, a wonderful city to walk nice Streets, wider and nice things to see and eat,and shop, and just see history amongst your walksIts my favorite way to see the cities of my France, and you will learn a lot more doing it while visiting.Place de la liberté is where all is here, and shops,...


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