Reims is one of France's most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. It offers visitors a great choice of fine restaurants, brasseries, shops, lively nightlife, concerts, festivals, and cultural events, and of course, world-famous Champagne houses to visit and sample the local nectar. With tree-lined avenues, elegant squares, and a magnificent Gothic-style cathedral that played host to the coronation of several kings of France.
Shop opening hours are generally from 9am-7pm. Small shops might stay closed for an hour over lunch. Shops are closed Sundays or open at their own discretion.
Reims is the metropolis of the Champagne-Ardenne area, and a city that celebrates art, history and the enjoyment of fine food and wine. Along with its restaurants serving the finest food and wine, it has countless art galleries and buildings of varied architectural styles. Some of them date back as early as the 3rd century, such as at the Gate of Mars, the Gallo-Roman cryptoporticus. Contemporary architecture can be seen at the Conservatoire National de Région, the Reims Champagne Congress Centre. Reims also has many rare trees, including a specimen of the Faux de Verzy at the Pierre Schneiter horticultural garden.
Reims has no less than four monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. The city is also known for its famous Champagne houses that are open to the public; many of them provide tours of their cellars, wine tastings and gala dinners. Reims is also a city of plants and flowers – it has been awarded four flowers as part of the prestigious Villes et Villages Fleuris flower competition, the highest of any French city. This city will truly leave a lasting impression.
France has a rich café culture and wherever you go you will find coffee and tasty treats. To eat informally and inexpensively, order the “formule complete”, which will give you a hot drink or fruit juice, a baguette and usually some