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In answer to a question on "visiting vineyards during a day trip from Paris", I answered with advice to visit Epernay by train, then walk or take taxi to the Ave de Champagne to visit a major Champagne house for a full touristic tour and champagne tasting which requires Payment for the tour!Ever the pessimist, I figured that the day trip did not...more
The most popular champagne brand in France, Mercier, headquartered in Epernay, has thrived on unabashed self-promotion since it was founded in 1858 by Eugène Mercier, a trailblazer in the field of eye-catching publicity stunts and the virtual creator of the cellar tour. Everything here is flashy, including the 160,000 liter barrel that took two...more
The Little Tourist Train is a pleasant way to get a look at Epernay. The train navigates the main streets and the Avenue de Champagne for just shy of an hour as a guide tells you the story of Epernay.Along the way you'll see many of the famous champagne houses and get to do some people watching. Price is Euro 6 for adults, 4 for children.The train...more
The champagne and tour at Champagne Mercier was quite pleasant. The champagne house has a long history that they are happy to share with all that visit. The tour includes an audio-visual portion and then a ride on a guided tram through the cellar and caves and ends with a champagne tasting.One of the coolest things was the story of the giant...more
Moet et Chandon is a popular champagne and a beautiful champagne house. Before you even enter the Champagne House, a quick picture with Dom Perignon, Whether or not he was the first to make champagne, the words attributed to him "Brothers, I am drinking stars" is enough to peek my interest.Tours are available in French and English and consist of a...more
This tour was nice and started a short movie and then an elevator ride downstairs that took 4-5 minutes, not because it was a long way but because they had a diarama to view on the way down(cheesey). When you get off the elevator the put you on a tram that is laser guided so you cant take flash pictures out the front of the tram or it will crash...more
While visiting the town, don't miss the HQ of the famous Champagne company Moet et Chandon.There's a great guided tour in their chellars (a total of 29 km of chellars, but you'll see the essential), they will tell you the story of the company, the key persons and how they make the fabulous champagne well known everywhere.The entrance fee for the...more
We went to Nicolas Feuillatte at Chouilly nearby to Epernay.The "factory" is much more modern than the traditional houses in the centre of Epernay and Reims.The tour was led by a member of staff aided by an audio visual show at the various points around the public access areas. Amazing to see the ages old traditions turne don their heads.For...more
It is a must to visit one of the Champagne-houses and take a tour through 28 kms of tunnels that are cut out the chalk-rock-underground of Epernay. Here the Champagne waits until it is 'ready'. In the winehouses they also explain about how Champagne is made (three grapes stand at the bases of this sparkling drink). Oldest of the houses is Moët &...more
82/84 Avenue de Champagne, Epernay, Champagne-Ardenne, 51200, France
Good for: Business
24, rue Jeanson | Aÿ-Champagne, 51160 Epernay, France
Good for: Families
Spent two nights here and it was a lovely experience. The hotel is very pretty in a comfortable...more
Walked around town at lunchtime and came across the Bar du Centre. It looked nice so we went in for a bite to eat. It was crowded with mostly locals, but service was very good.While they have a varied menu, we went with the Plat du Jour. On the day we were there, the plat du jour was an entree of melon slices with country ham, the plat was a...more
Vincent Dallet is a delicious Salon Du the or patisserie located in the center of Epernay. We stopped in for a quick breakfast before starting our tour.The cases were loaded with delectable looking pastries, cakes and biscuits. They also sell homemade candies and ice creams. You can also just stop in for a quick cup of coffee or tea.Very nice place...more
We have dined at Café / Tarbac /Brasserie Le Khédive several times over the years restricting our visits for coffee and cake or for lunch. It is usually quite busy with a constant stream of customers either taking a coffee break, eating , buying tobacco products or checking out the lotto results. We seem to have arrived for lunch a couple of times...more
We have eaten at this restaurant a couple of times over the years and chose it during a visit to Champagne in June 2010 with first-time visitors because it was a bit more up-market than some of the bistro eateries in town and we were celebrating the end of a canal cruise. We knew that wine mark-ups were not extreme & at least two bottles of...more
Although the food and service was really good, the feeling I got here was that of being in a family restaurant. I had some Blue Cheese filled pasta, a thick and tasty steak and some Pommes Fritte. Everything was really good, except for the Rice Pudding I had for dessert which was just okay. But maybe that's what I get for ordering Rice Pudding in...more
We came to Epernay from Paris and it couldn't have been easier. We caught a train from Gare Est directly to Epernay. The station in Epernay is about 500m from the Avenue de Champagne and the center of the city.
Easy to find, centrally located and reasonably priced - that's my synopsis of trains to Epernay.
A Epernay saying to live by:
Do not keep Champagne for a special occassion, but open a bottle and make the occassion special!
If you want to buy champagne (and actually you must do that here (-: ), do not buy it at the famous champagnehouses, but go into Epernay's centre and look up a little wineshop (there's one across the square where Av. des Champagne starts). Here prices are lower and quality is the same (if you listened carefully to the information during the tour, you can now pick out the best yourself). Another possibility is to go out into the Champagne-region and find a winehouse on the countryside. Here too the prices are lower.
Epernay is a very small city, with vineyards within the city limits. This allows you to literally hike through the vineyards, and offers some spectacular views. Stop by the tourist office in downtown Epernay (in the Hotel de Ville), and pick up a map of the city. Ask about the foot path through the vineyards. It is a 10 minute walk from there...more
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