Brest Travel Guide

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Brest Things to Do

  • Recouveance Bridge Brest

    This bridge a massive drawbridge over the river Penfeld. 64 m high [ 214 ft ] separates the city district and Recovrance district. Brest lies on one of the worlds finest harbours, with nearly 60 square miles of deep water

  • Tour Tanguy

    Tour Tanguy is a medieval tower on a rocky mound beside the river Penfeld on the Recouvrace side of th bridge. It is open to the public.

  • American Monument

    Insription says " Erected by the United States of America to commemorate the achievements of the Naval Forces of the United States of America and France during the World War. -- -- In English and French


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Brest Restaurants

  • 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...

  • fish/chips,burgers,camembert roti closed

    This is closed but a non franchise similar resto is in same location, see new tip on it.Great british style ambiance pub, richly decorated and wood paneling old pub style. The ambiance is local and younger, with many from the naval base officers. Nice. Branches in other parts of Brittany too.The place is always packed and the service is attentive...


Brest Nightlife

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  • Eating and Drinking

    This particular restaurant is very popular with the locals, as you have to sometimes book in advance. The sea food here is very rich and affordable?

  • Nighttime Serenades

    Siam is one of the major street in Brest and it is very intresting to see shops and people window shoping. Some portion of this street is completely closed to traffic, except the Bus, so it is a pleasure just walking and absorbing the beauty of the town.

  • There are some good bars and...

    There are some good bars and most local places have live musicians on the main squares or live theatre. It's so nice! For example at Piriac-sur-Mer is live theater at the square next to the church every summer evening. Go and see it!


Brest Transportation

  • Train and Bus

    Trains run to Paris , Rennes, Quimper, Morlax, Landermeux etc. The map shows routes. The Buses go from the front of the rail station. I used the train on my holiday around Brittany with my stays in Le Mans, Rennes, Brest and Quimper. I bought my ticket at rail station as soon as possible before departure [ day before ] Tickets can be bought...

  • Brest to Roscoff, public transport in...

    Roscoff is closer to Brest than Rennes and bus transport is localise here by department or region. So if Roscoff is your preferred destination you are better off with Brest.dept 29if you use the airport at Brest, you take the navette for 4,60€ to city center Brest drop off at train station,gare where there is the bus terminal...

  • How to get in and out of Brest

    The bus in Brest metro area is Bibus, ticket for one trip are now 1,40€ ,10 is 11,65€ , you have a network with same time from September to June with 14 lines with connection to tramway. Mondays to Saturdays the tramways work from 4h40 and the bus from 6h. the network tram and bus works 7/7 until 00h30 , bus and tramways are available at nights and...


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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    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 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

  • 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...

  • Tour Rose, American Memorial

    This is something you see the moment you arrive on the city by car and from the harbor, it is very near the castle. Location is at Cours Dajot .a bit of history from the site given below, I translate:The opportunity of the 237th anniversary of the American "Independence Day", the famous monument Dajot opened its doors. The famous Pink Tower of...

  • Place wilson

    here you have a music kiosk and an archway porte belonging to a seminary from the 17C, wonderful things to discover walking in BrestArchway or door of the former Seminary of Brest (17th century) becomes a school of mechanics then barracks Gomaa, move up in the axis of the rebuilt downtown, in lieu of the entrance to the Hotel Saint-Pierre, seat of...


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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  • 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,...

  • walk the harbor port

    very nice area and very lively at night. I just love the sea and boats grew up around them and now Lucky enough not to live far from them here.Brest is a major port, harbor even for military as well as pleasure and cruises. you have the big container ships arriving here such as the official site


    The was actually the objective area. We had to walk for more than one hour on the Island to get here. We had a tour of the musee, but the lady on duty was very scared of cameras, so unfortunately , you have to visit here to experience the amazing sea culture and history.The exhibition covers extensively the period, which, with Augustin Fresnel...


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