Honfleur Travel Guide

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Honfleur Things to Do

  • Pont de Normandie

    The spectacular bridge across the river Seine which spans from Le Harve to Honfleur.The information service station is situated on the Le Harve side. The bridge opened on 20 January 1995.

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  • Musee Boudin

    If you have found somewhere to park then the Musee Boudin is definitely worth a sniff. As the name suggests it is primarily concerned with the work of Boudin...who was very much an impressionist before the Impressionists arrived...as he was Monet's tutor you can see where Monet got it from. There's also other French art in there and an audio-guide...

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  • Honfleur's Quaint Harbor

    The focus of Honfleur is around its harbor. It is full of colorful yachts. The cobblestone path around the harbor opens to numerous restaurants which serve mainly, you guessed it, fish dishes (prawns, mussels, etc.) These restaurants have harborside cafes perfect for sipping your cup of morning coffee. The restaurants run around 15 euros - 30 euros...

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  • Peruse the Port

    Honfleur is a charming town on the Normandy coast-- a two hour drive from Paris (200 km, or 120 miles). It is clearly a town made for tourists, with art galleries, souvenir shops, and many restaurants. Begin your visit with a stroll around the port, pictured here.

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  • Honfleur, a so romantic place

    The old harbour of Honfleur is a must see in Normandy. Sourrounded by tasty restaurants, it's for sure an ideal place for a romantic evening. You can take this opportunity to see the massive "Normandy Bridge" over the Seine river

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  • Study the Vieux Bassin

    The Bassin (Dock) is the inner harbor, today a place for yacts. The commercial trade (mostly wood importing is in the outer harbor. This was created in 1668 by Duquesne under orders from Colbert as a defensive measure and was mostly involved in exports to England. Many famous Normans had explored Canada from here in the previous century. Note the...

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Honfleur Restaurants

  • Gallettes & Crepes

    We dived into this spot to get away from the lunchtime crowds. We had a 20 month en-tow and so needed some space for him to run riot, without disturbing too many people.

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  • Cockles & Mussels, Alive, Alive, O

    Given the location, along the Vieux Bassin, this is shellfish lovers paradise. If you look at the menu boards you can find (by the price) a large entree of mostly raw molluscs with a couple of expensive oysters and modest prawns for deco. If it is a high-class place, it may be served on a stainless steel tiered rack with various picks to assist in...

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  • Good steak, fries and apple pie

    La Chaloupe is another of the many restaurants which line the Vieux Bassin in Honfleur. We were there in the evening and sat beside the basin where we enjoyed the serenity of the evening admiring the peaceful lighted little harbor. It is not a particularly fancy place but we had an enjoyable evening and a good meal. I had steak frites and my wife...

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  • Try the fondue

    It always pays to check out menus posted on the front of restaurants. Les Marmottes bills itself as a creperie and we had had crepes (or gallettes) for lunch, plus I wanted something more substantial for dinner. The menu listed fondue which I have not had in ages, so we ventured in. It has a warm and cozy atmosphere and was pretty much full inside...

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  • Nice location, so-so food

    The location of this cafe is mostly what it has going for it as it is situated beside the Vieux Bassin and just in front ot the Hotel de Ville. It has a nice terrace that in good weather enables you to watch people going by, artists at work and families enjoying the merry-go-round. The food wasn't bad but nothing to write home about either. My...

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  • Elegant food and atmosphere

    No we did not drink Absinthe here. I don't even know if they served it or if they just decided naming the restaurant after the preferred drink of a lot of 19th Century writers was cool. At any rate the food here is excellent and the dining rooms are charming in old rooms dating back to the 15th and 17th Centuries. We could only get reservations on...

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Honfleur Nightlife

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    bar with a view: l'Albatros

    by chbuchie Written Nov 3, 2005

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    Oh yeah what a view, right on the port

    As ever in this touristic area, beer prices start at 3-4 euro, yet good menus are served starting from 15-20 euro.
    A general misunderstanding of foreigners in France; yes the drinks are more expensive but the food is much cheaper and of good quality

    Anyway, at night time I was sitting here on a warmed terrace, watching the people go by as I was reading my newspaper.

    The atmosphere was very laid back, with the waiter sitting down next to me to enjoy his meal.

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Honfleur Transportation

  • Driving in France

    In June/July 2006 we had a 9 day driving holiday in France. We caught a car ferry from Dover to Calais, drove down through Normandy, popped into Brittany and then caught the ferry back to Dover from Boulogne-sur-Mer.We chose to take our own car over, as the cost of the ferry and petrol was significantly cheaper than flying from London and hiring a...

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  • Car Parking in Honfleur

    As you come in on the main road to Honfleur you'll come down a big tree-lined road. Once the buildings start you'll see a sign on the left that says 'Free Parking'..or Parking Gratuit or whatever it is in French! You have to go up a ramp to the parking spaces (it's near a doctor's surgery) and you do wonder if it's a legitimate car park...it is....

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  • Le Pont de Normandie

    Connecting la Basse Normandie and Haute Normandie over the sea, this large bridge is one of the most spectacular in France, inaugurated in 1995. You get a nice view of it from Honfleur5 euro toll by carI took this bridge to go from Honfleur to Etretat, yeah nice trip !

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Honfleur Shopping

  • Mixed assortment of shops

    I discovered the demon of digital cameras when reaching Honfleur after about 10 days in England. My 512 mb card was full! Fortunately I found a shop on rue de la Republique which had another one, and at a cheaper price than the one I had bought in the US. The shop was Mulot and specialized in photo related equipment (although it had the mandatory...

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  • Chocolatair

    Jeff Brugees is a fabulous shop there was a friendly and polite service. Beautiful for gifts or to treat yourself and it wasn't too expensive either. The icecreams were delicious and as for the gift we brought the gentleman spent lots of time and care wrapping it for us. Chocolates, sweetes, sorbets and icecream.

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  • An Paradise of Normand Products

    When we first saw it, it seemed indifferent to us. By the time we 've entered we immediately understood that we "hit gold". A huge variety of Normand products were on the shelves waiting for us to buy and to explore their taste. Cidre, Crème de Pomme Verte, Liqueur de Poire, Liquer de Cassis and Calvados are just a small part of the variety of...

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Honfleur Local Customs

  • A Church Is For Weddings

    With a church like Ste.-Catherine's, it is probably constant venue for weddings. Of course all churches are and we are always visiting them when we travel.

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  • Everbody Loves a Parade

    This assemblage of musicians gathered before the Lieutenance (16C building block). We could discern no holiday or funeral. Is this one of the mandatory manifestations of local color for the tourists? We did not follow and know not where they went.

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  • Saturday is market day

    Saturdays in Honfleur are an incredibly large market day. Around St. Catherine's is a very colorful and varied farmer's market and it seems the rest of the town center's streets are all filled with an assortment of goods. Clothing, jewelry, knives, trinkets - you name it and you will probably find it here. We strolled through the whole thing and...

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Honfleur Warnings and Dangers

  • COBBLES GALORE.

    Its not much of a danger but you do need to be quite fit. There is lots to see and do. You need sensible shoes as the cobbles can be quite difficult to walk on especially if you already find walking difficult.

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  • Danger at the Entrance of the Parking

    At the entrance of the parking of Honfleur there is a bar that limits the height of the vehicules entering the party. A fellow driver carrying bicycles at the top of his car didn't notice the bar and as a result his car (and the bicycles) crashed on the bar and were damaged. So, for the people carrying bicycles on the top of their car i suggest to...

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  • Warning Slippery Surface at Vieux Bassin

    When we visited Honfleur we became witnesses of an almost accident. The stones of the quayside at some places were sleek from the constant use and wet by the sea water. A small child slipped towards the sea and it was resqued by his father, who managed to pick him up, moments before his dive in the black waters of the harbour, by cathcing him from...

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Honfleur Tourist Traps

  • Honfleur is one big Tourist Trap

    It might have been a magnet for artists once upon a time but don't even think about taking your paints and easel these days. The harbour area is packed solid in Summer with cars and tourists and you're likely to be trampled to death if you stand still for more than three nano-seconds. There's also not much of it. Once you've done a circuit of the...

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  • Expensive

    If you have a drink in the old port ' Vieux Bassin' prices are very high.Example.A Belgian Beer named Leffe is sold at 6 eurothis is about 3 times the price.Of course the view can compensate the price

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Honfleur Off The Beaten Path

  • Samuel de Champlain

    I'm Canadian, eh?!So I would naturally keep an eye out for the bust of Samuel de Champlain -- the founder of Québec, Canada -- near the North West corner of the Vieux Bassin. He began his journey right here in the Port of Honfleur... but sadly most tourists don't ever notice him so they had to remount him next to arch (see 3rd photo).

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  • The Park and Seine Promenade

    It's not particularly attractive... but if you want a bit of sea air then head north west of the harbour area and take a walk westwards alongside the Seine. You can see Le Havre on the other side and also the Pont De Normandie, one of Europe's most spectacular bridges. There's also a park if you head west that has little statues of French 'heroes'....

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  • Walk up Cote de Grace

    Take a walk up Cote de Grace and you'll be rewarded with the panoramic view of Honfleur and Pont de Normandie. There's also a chuch which was once used by the royalties.

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Honfleur General

  • How 'bout them apples!

    You probably know that Calvados is a department in the region of Haute (or upper) Normandy. It is one of the few that does not produce wine, but makes up for it with apple brandy and cider as it is a major apple growing area. There is a sweet or soft cider (Cidre Doux) which is light and smooth and goes particularly well with cheese. There is a...

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  • Lavomatique - a laundromat in Honfleur

    We try to travel light and, besides washing a few small items in hotel sinks, seek some way in the middle of a trip to do some laundry. Honfleur has a very nice, modern (and expensive) Lavomatique. The machines do a very nice job of washing and drying clothes but be prepared to spend some money. Rates are (in Euros):Washing - 6kg 3.50, 7kg 3.80 and...

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  • Yellow straw and blue sky

    During our trip through Picardy and Normandy, we often came across those beautiful fields of straw bundles. I loved that yellow colour that stands out against the blue sky… Even though we saw the same landscape almost all the way, it was never boring to look at it. There was something peaceful and relaxing in it…See my travelogue for more…we really...

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The Belfry of Ste.-Catherine's(West of the Church)
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Visit the Church of Ste.-Catherine
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Sight Seeing the Harbor of Honfleur
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Beautiful Pont du Normandie
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2 Museums - Marine and Ethnography
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St. Leonard's Church
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Festival of Shrimp and Fish
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Good crepes and salad
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The Lieutenance - part of the old fortress
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Eugène Boudin Museum
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Normandy Culture and Ethnography Museum
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Vieux Bassin
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Tasty & Modern
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Japanese French Combination
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Sainte Catherine Church
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Musée de la Marine
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Musée d'Ethnographie et d'Art populaire Normand
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Musée Eugène Boudin
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Musée du Vieux Honfleur
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Maisons Satie
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An Excellent Seafood Restaurant
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Shrimp Feast in Honfleur
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St. Catherine
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Get yourself lost in the narrow winding streets
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Nice rustic restaurant - great food
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Outdoor Cafes are best on a hot day
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Merry-Go-Ride
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Clocher Ste-Catherine
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Eglise Ste-Catherine
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Vieux Bassin
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Pont de Normandie
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Fabulous seafood
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Old Style Normandy houses
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Étretat
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Honfleur's charming village streets
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Lovely restos
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Driving around
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The Normandy Bridge
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Le Fabourg et L'eglise Saint Leonard
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The better French Cuisine
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