Le Havre Travel Guide

  • Le Grand Volcan arts centre
    Le Grand Volcan arts centre
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  • Bassin du Commerce feat. bridge
    Bassin du Commerce feat. bridge
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  • Prieure de Graville from Outside
    Prieure de Graville from Outside
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Le Havre Highlights

  • Pro
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     Some wonderful examples of modern architecture 

  • Con
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     Nightlife a little bit quiet 

  • In a nutshell
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     Paris or bust 

Le Havre Things to Do

  • Hôtel de Ville, Le Havre

    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...

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  • Place Charles de Gaulle

    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.

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  • The Volcan cultural centre

    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...

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  • L’église Saint-Joseph

    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.

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  • Hit the Beach

    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.

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  • Le Salon des Navigateurs

    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...

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Le Havre Restaurants

  • Lauda's Restaurant, Le Havre

    Lauda's is a good restaurant serving a lot of seafood and meat dishes, and there were several pasta dishes for vegetarians. It had friendly staff who tolerated our poor French (one of my companions accidentally ordered all the fish they had). Food was good and reasonably priced. One of my friends said the Tournedos was excellent. My pasta dish was...

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  • Great Indian

    I'm working in Le Havre and am getting the opportunity to visit many of the restaurants in the area. I have visited Punjab twice of the past couple of weeks and enjoyed the service, ambiance and food. It is a small restaurant and is well decorated. I had the palak paneer and the naan paneer. The palak paneer was well seasoned and tasted great. The...

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  • Do not eat here

    I had a few hours to kill in Le Havre and so I decided to get a sandwich in one of the restaurants near the train station. It looked ok from the outside but not only was the food disappointing the ambiance was dreadful.A whole table of drunken locals were making a lot of noise (mind you it was 2:30 in the afternoon). I didn't think anything of it...

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Le Havre Nightlife

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    by Ricky_globetrotter Written May 18, 2007

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    I found Le Havre lacking in the nightclub scenes. But this small bar had quite soothing scenes. And the Bar Hostesses were friendly too!! I didn't have Euros with me, so they accepted US Dollars instead. A small Beer costed $5 and if you offer drink, another $16. Been to this club twice as I found it the best thing to do in Le Havre.

    Dress Code: They are not fussy about Dress Code

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Le Havre Transportation

  • The funicular

    This is a really neat funicular. It connects the lower part of the town (sea level) to the upper part of the town where you get a really excellent view of the port and the sea. Unfortunately the site is only in French but they seem to be working on an English version. I am such a fan of trains that I couldn't resist this. It's modern and old...

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  • The train station

    If you come from Paris by train, this is where you will arrive. It's a fairly ordinary small train station but always seems to have problems, last time the toilets were out of order, this time they were doing some construction work so all the heat was off everyone had to wait in the freezing cold...what will it be next time?

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Le Havre Shopping

  • The place for Chocolates !

    The shop smells so wonderful, the chocolates are gorgeous...they were even so kind as to let me take photos (which got lost as you know, so the photos are from the box I brought home for the kids)..and best of all the chocolates were extraspecially delicious!! Lot's of chocolates. Most notably "les paves havraises" and "les Zouzous" of course....

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  • A wonderful Bookshop

    A big selection of books about sailing and travel. It was also so typical of the openness of the people in Le Havre. I went in and asked the owner what kind of special Le Havre items he had and I was also searching for a travel notebook so we started talking and then as luck would have it another customer (who happened to be a guide) joined in and...

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  • Cakes and bread

    I asked for the best patisserie in Le Havre at the hotel desk and this was the address they gave me. The cakes were delicious, especially the chocolate one! Cakes Wow, much less expensive than Paris, only 6.10 euros for all for cakes.

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Le Havre Local Customs

  • Driving Culture

    I was truely amazed by how each and every driver actually came to a full stop to let the pedestrians cross the streets!! Even after asking them to move on, they insisted on me crossing first. And as I said, this didn't happen with just one or two drivers but with each and everyone. Really liked this thing.

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  • Friendliness

    I guess this just stands out to me because I have grown so accustomed to Parisian indifference but these people are friendly (at least in the off season). Drivers actually stop to let pedestrians cross! You can ask for information and it will be given to you! and it will be correct! The people of Le Havre are proud of their city and they seem to...

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Le Havre Sports & Outdoors

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    Bungy trampoline, Le Havre

    by Gyppo Written Mar 21, 2008

    On the seafront, next door to the skate park, there is a bungy/trampoline. Pic shows Flash mid-somersault.

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