The draw of Moret-sur-Loing isn't any particular sight or museum, it's the lovely setting alongside the Loing River. Unless you already have a guide to the town, stop by the tourism office at the entrance to the old part of the town near the Porte de Samois and they can give you a map of the sights throughout town. Moret-sur-Loing isn't very big,...more
The Hotel de Ville is the town hall of Moret-sur-Loing, in the courtyard behind the town hall you will find a renaissance facade dating to the time of Francois I. You can see Francois I's symbol, the salamander, on the facade in the 3rd photo. The facade comes from the Maison Francois I which was built in 1527 and then moved to Paris stone by...more
The large church looks impressive from the far bank of the river but is crowded around by the "medieval" town. The church was started in the earliest part of the 13C and its choir shows the high Gothic style of Chartres with a tribune (taller and deeper than a triforium) and three equal levels to its elevation. The church was finished in the 14 and...more
In the courtyard of the Hotel de Ville is this lavish Maison designed by Jean Goujon and Pierre Lescaut (before 1550). Apparently Fracois liked to get away from Fontainebleau to the settling quiet of Moret much as much as we did. So time later the entire structure was dismantled and removed to Paris and rebuilt there. (I suspect that is when the...more
47, avenue Jean Jaures
Good for: Solo
We were taken to this restaurant by a friend, a very good cook himself, who has eaten at many restaurants in the region & whose judgment we trusted. We were not disappointed. The buffet was very good quality. A diverse range of dishes both hot and cold. Entrees, Mains (hot and cold – meat and fish), salads, cheese, desserts, tea, coffee.
For 22 euro per person we rated the summer time buffet excellent value.
Terrace in Summer.
A la Carte menu available.
There was a range of wines both local and from other areas. Bottles for less than 20 euro.
Pichets for 8 euro per half litre: 5 euro for a 1/4.
Open every day except Tuesday and Wednesday from1200 to 1400 and from 1900 to 2200.
Checkout the buffet table of goodies. Loved it all!
I would not hesitate to return. It is worth a trip from out of town.
English Spoken. On the web site it says something like, "We don't pretend to be very good English speakers but we know enough to take your reservation by phone".
I met the Maitre'D in the main street of Moret two days later. He recognized me and shared a risque joke in English. His English is excellent and he is a Rugby Union fan so he can't be half bad.
Note : late 2011 - tried access to web site below without success. Tourist office says they are still in business.
Ownership may have changed. Please let me know if you visit.
Moret-sur-Loing is easily visited if you are at nearby Fontainebleau and have a car, it's around 10km between the two. Take the N-6 from Fontainebleau. The main road in between the Porte de Samois and Porte de Bourgogne is only one way so you may wish to find parking before you pass through the 1st gate.
One of the things the tourism staff mentioned that we had to try was the famous barley sugar candies that are produced in Moret-sur-Loing. We stopped by the store she directed us to and we tried a sample the sugar candy, I didn't really think it was all that special and a little tiny amount of it was expensive although it did come in a pretty tin....more
Alfred Sisley spent the last 10 years of his life, from 1889-1899, in Moret Sur Loing. He died here from cancer in 1899, in poverty, not yet famous for his impressionist paintings. Moret sur Loing is a treasure trove of picturesque spots for an impressionist to paint, it's one of the most darling towns I've ever seen. He created over 400 paintings...more
We were seated on a bench in front of the Terrace of our Inn (See Our Tips) looking out over the Loing at the Pre de Pin, when suddenly a tour bus arrived there and disgorged two dozen well-dressed Japanese, each carrying collapsible stools ,pads or boards and paint sets. Before you could recite a haiku they wer each busy at work painting and...more
All it takes to fish here is some information, time and patience (and probably a license). From the speed of the water wheel, the current is fast. I wonder if there are rods for rent with appropriate bait. Do you think these are local types? (Of course I cannot afford the time for such an activity when in France). I bet the local chefs would prepare your catch for dinner.