This is a mix place, it can be shopping, nightlife, restaurants,or as I have determine put in The Things to Do, as many things can be done for the entire day and night here. It is a magical place good for the whole family and else. They used to be the old docks thereby the name, but now renovated kept and re use as a wonderful complete arts entertainment and shopping place.
The bassin du Vatine and Vauban the wonderful complex of the Docks. Here you have a nice cinema Gaumont, restos, shops in an old dockyard building totally restore to house this complex. THe Dock Océane for expo, theater ,arts, the Les Bains de Docks for a water park, Docks Café, and Jardin Fluvial.
The whole complex is great and easily spent. Here you have the Océane and Café expo places, http://www.dockslehavre.com/ ;
Then you have the shopping and restos here, Docks Vauban, http://www.docksvauban.com/W/do/centre/accueil,
The cinema Gaumont has its site here http://www.cinemasgaumontpathe.com/cinemas/cinema-gaumont-docks-vauban-le-havre/ ,
The Les Bains de Docks is closed until september 2013 but should be good then ,have a pool indoors, site here http://www.vert-marine.com/les-bains-des-docks-le-havre-76/ ,
The jardin fluvial is over 2 hectares or almost 5 acres of over 700 meters long ,all bordering the quais de la Saône ,and de la Marne. Here is more in French, http://lehavre.fr/dossier/le-jardin-fluvial-0
just great easy as bus and tramway criss cross the place front and back; we took bus line 3 and it was good, plus hotels all around we were across street see tip.
The GAumont cinema opens 7/7 from 11h to 01h
Stores open 7/7 from 10h to 20h
the Leclerc supermarket opens mondays to saturdays from 9h30 to 20h30 and Sundays from 9h to 13h
Restaurants open 7/7 from service lunch to 23h
You have welcome center, access for folks with impaired mobility, rest arounds wiht sofas, restrooms/baths, provides carriages for babies on rentals, parking for 1500 cars, taxi outsie available always.ATM cash distributors, free WiFI, photo store, I Pad place.10 entrance points from 0 by Docks Océane to Porte 9 by E Leclerc supermarket.
Some of the stores favorites of ours are mango,zara,eram,H&M, Esprit,Quilsilver,Jules,Marionnaud, boulanger, la grandé recré,micromania,Gaumont cinema, Leclerc supermarket, Courtepaille resto, El Rancho resto, O Blé Gourmand, Pizza del Arte, Pomme de Pain,and Subway.
We had no time to go in this time so photos to come, but it is a must in the city one of the best museum on modern art.
This year is the event of Camille Pissaro 110 years after the visit b the painter. Overlooking the sea is already wonderful, inside is magical, really need to see it. And I again.
You will see works by Pissaro, Boudin, Monet,Gauguin, Renoir, and Van Dongen, Marquet, Camoin, Dufy, and Friesz. You get the idea....
admission now is 9€ adults and schedules are open Mondays to Fridays from 11h to 18h, Saturdays and Sundays from 11h to 19h
well this is a thing to do and shopping, but some most come here and dont cook I amputting it here
it is a historical place in town,known by all, and a must to come here when in the city.
It is by the pont du docteur paul denis and in front of the famous Maison de l'Armateur,the fisherman come here with their fresh catch, and open up on the stalls already installed. The quality is the best and the prices unbeatable.
Fruits, vegetables and regional products are also sold. Open 7/7 unless storm, from 14h30 to 19H for further info call the mayor's office at +33 02 35 19 45 45.
The town hall was designed by Auguste Perret, and has a very pleasant pedestrian area in front (completed some time after the building itself, in 1990). I hesitate to describe it as 'gardens' due to the liberal use of concrete! However, it is extremely attractive. This area contains numerous fountains and other water features, as well as flower beds and walkways. Also situated here is the Résistance-Déportation-Souviens-toi memorial, which commemorates those who died in the Resistance and Holocaust victims.
The Place Charles de Gaulle is a large open area next to the Bassin du Commerce. When I visted, there were a lot of young artists drawing the memorials to the civilian and military dead of the first and second World Wars, and to those killed in the place formerly known as French Indochina.
Designed by Oscar Niemeyer, the "volcano" is actually a pair of structures (Le Grand Volcan and Le Petit Volcan) housing the Maison de la Culture of Le Havre. Inside are a theatre and a cinema, plus a café. Skaters use the base of one of the structures as a quarter pipe, while kids use the air conditioning vents to launch empty plastic bottles 30 feet into the air.
This church was designed by August Perret, apparently in a 'Stalinist' style (ironic?). It dominates the Le Havre skyline, and is particularly impressive both inside and out. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Beach at Le Havre was a long stretch. I had been there in January so couldn't enjoy the Sun but it was quite nice one. You can see the ships entering into and leaving the harbour from a distance and the Seagulls following them.
Plenty of benches to relax and hang out.
Five stars to this excellent place and it gets my vote for the world's neatest barbershop (I'm just so sad I lost my pictures). Mr. Daniel Le Compte has transformed his barbershop into a veritable museum of hairdressing and sailing history. He and his wife are very welcoming and will actually take time out to show you around and it's free! They have been in the area for years (since 1958 if I remember correctly) and are very knowledgeable about the history of Le Havre. They will give you all sorts of good advice on where to go and what to see. Also, Mrs. Le Compte's aunt married a GI and so she has family in the US!
Of course if you want a haircut (men only) you will have to pay but I cannot imagine that you would be disappointed. I actually saw a satisified customer who looked very handsome indeed.
This is a nice little museum with a lovely collection (mostly paintings) ranging from the XVII to the XX century. The Boudin studies are great. I love cows. They also have a very nice Dufy collection. He was very fond of Le Havre and the paintings are just excellent. It's doable in an hour or two (my opinion) so you don't get stuck spending the day inside; it's more of a culture break than culture overload.
The museum will soon be closed for renovation so please check carefully or call before you go. Normally this is scheduled for 1 January through to 1 June 2006. Also they have free parking and handicap accessibility.
As usual the first thing to do is get some information from the tourist office. I just received a lovely brochure (2 days after my online request, how's that for prompt?) with lots of useful information. I also called to find out the hours for Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday they are open from 9 to 12 and then from 14 to 18:15. On Sunday the hours are from 10 to 13. They are closed on Christmas day.
Unfortunately the site is only in French but I will try to find something for those of you who do not speak French. And here it is in in several languages including English. The info is not as detailed but you will be able to find a lot of useful addresses and ideas.