First Time Tourists Guide in Nancy, FRANCE

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Nancy is one of the most historic city located in north-east of Meurthe-et-Moselle district, France.

It is famously known for 18th-century Baroque architecture, Nancy has a refined and aristocratic atmosphere.

Several ancient and historical buildings are interesting to visit like Place Stanislaus, registered at UNESCO exemplifies the elegance of the city.

Other magnificent buildings, beautiful churches, and luxurious palaces prove the magnificent past of the city.

Nancy became the capital of the Lorraine Duchy in the 12th century and was a very prosperous city during the 16th century.

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SIGHTSEEING

Naturally, Nancy is famous for her palaces, landmarks and magnificent museums. But there is one particular tourist attraction that stands out from the rest. Visit Place Stanislas, Nancy's best icon. Besides, many historic buildings can be found in this city. Therefore, a vacation in the city of Nancy will not be enough in just one day. You must be able to explore all the existing attractions.

Place Stanislaus

Stanislaw had this square built in honour of Louis XV, his son-in-law, and it’s still the jewel in Nancy’s crown! The square measures 106 by 124 metres.

DOWNTOWN

The downtown of Nancy is home to numerous great architecture and old buildings. A number of the city's main attractions and institutions are in pavilions and palaces built as part of the project, including the City Hall, the Opera House, the Fine Arts Museum and the Triumphal Arch. Proudly placed in the center of the square is an impressive Stanislas statue, four meters high, weighing 5.4 tons on a white marble base.

Museum of Fine Arts in Nancy

The museum contains some of the greatest names in the history of European art: Perugino, Caravaggio, Rubens and Delacroix.

SHOPPING

Baccarat is one of the most famous shops in Nancy, where all tourists and especially women can find everything they need to access clothes, accessories, souvenirs, and jewelry. Of course, the French city is no stranger to comfortable shops and beautiful jewelry shopping centers.

Boutique Baccarat

Of course, the French city is no stranger to comfortable shops and beautiful jewelry shopping centers.

FOOD & DRINK

Most cozy restaurants and cafes that serve regional cuisine can be found in the historical district of Nancy. There is also an old bakery where you can try Lorraine Quiche prepared according to traditional recipes, as well as other versions of French Quiche with herbs and various types of cheese. Be sure to take a walk in the city market where they sell fruit jam, the most popular cheese, and meat dishes.

CULTURE

Nancy is a diverse city with numerous ethnic groups living together. The culture and history of the city is long story that you'll find the old and ancient buildings from the Baroque era. The language they speak in Nancy is mostly French and other non-English languages.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Nancy in France is from june until september, when you will have a pleasant temperature and limited rainfall.

HOTEL

Hotel Au New-York, Nancy's cheapest option, is a hotel with an average price of 37 USD per night. With private rooms and shared bathrooms, Hotel Au New-York functions as a cross between a hostel and a hotel. The service and decoration are true “no frills.” Hotel De Guise is in a building built in the 17th century. This unique property evokes a revival era with ornate details, beautiful courtyards, and large-scale wall paintings in each room. An affordable room at USD 54 per night and the hotel is a short fifteen-minute walk to Place Stanislas and Nancy Cathedral, and the Dukes of Lorraine Palace only minutes away.

Hotel Au New-York

With private rooms and shared bathrooms, Hotel Au New-York functions as a cross between a hostel and a hotel. The service and decoration are true “no frills.”

Hotel De Guise

This former manor house was built in 1752, on the bases of an ancient abbaye by Marquis De Jouffroy and Countess De Bressey who was famous to be one of the favourite at the King Stanislas royal court.

RESTAURANT

A La Table du Bon Roi Stanislas restaurant offers you to try popular dishes of French cuisine prepared with traditional recipes. You will also find dishes from other countries such as Poland on the menu. This dish will appeal to guests who prioritize simple but rich treats. L'Excelsior restaurant specializes in ethnic cuisine and they are open late into the night. In the evening the restaurant will present entertainment with an excellent event. This restaurant has an elegant design and spacious space so you can eat with your partner or group.

A La Table du Bon Roi Stanislas

You will also find dishes from other countries such as Poland on the menu. This dish will appeal to guests who prioritize simple but rich treats.

Brasserie Excelsior Nancy

The Brasserie is refined with its high ceilings, vaults and beautiful rooms lights.

CAFE

In Nancy, you can enjoy fresh air in the beautiful Le Ch'timi. Not only is it a very comfortable place to relax for a few minutes, but it also opens an incredible view of the best features and environment of the city. Stop for a moment and enjoy a cup of hot coffee at the beautiful Le Ch'timi. Another good place is Le Pinocchio, one of the more popular cafes in Nancy. Located in the heart of the old city. This cafe always makes you feel a good vibe. Grab a cake from the boulangerie next door and you are ready for a pleasant cafe experience.

Le Ch'timi

Stop for a moment and enjoy a cup of hot coffee at the beautiful Le Ch'timi.

Le Pinocchio

Grab a cake from the boulangerie next door and you are ready for a pleasant cafe experience.

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

L'Ambassy is a bar that's easy to miss if you walk too fast past the train station. Hidden in a corner and very inconspicuous. Dim lighting, scattered tables, and matching sofas and chairs combined to give the cafe a relaxed atmosphere. This is the type where you can stay for long hangout sessions. La Ruche is Nancy's best wine bar designed for quality wine connoisseurs. In this place, you can enjoy the atmosphere of a romantic night in the city of Nancy with a delicious meal with a glass of wine.

L'Ambassy

Dim lighting, scattered tables, and matching sofas and chairs combined to give the cafe a relaxed atmosphere.

La Ruche

In this place, you can enjoy the atmosphere of a romantic night in the city of Nancy with a delicious meal with a glass of wine.

INTERESTING PLACE

One of the most symbolic boxes in Europe is Place Stanislas, originally known as Place Royale. Initially, this square was built by none other than Emmanuel Héré between 1752 and 1760. Decorated by a total of five other luxury buildings, Place Stanislas featured many balusters and astonishing balconies. For example, one of the most beautiful architectures located on Place Stanislas is the Hôtel de Ville, aka City Hall. Walk around and don't miss to explore L'arc Here's winning bow located in the famous Place Stanislas square. Famous for its shiny nature and authentic vibe, the Arc is one of the best stops around here. Not only famous for its great past but also an attraction that is loved and valued in Nancy, France as well.

Place Stanislaus

Stanislaw had this square built in honour of Louis XV, his son-in-law, and it’s still the jewel in Nancy’s crown! The square measures 106 by 124 metres.

L'arc Here

Not only famous for its great past but also an attraction that is loved and valued in Nancy, France as well.

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

Visit the beautiful and unique Musée de l’École de Nancy. The Musée de l'École de Nancy, which is often presented as a special museum, is a must-visit tourist stop. Housed in Villa Majorelle, a world-class, sparkling building owned by Eugène Corbin. This leading museum is dedicated to the arts and founder of the Art Nouveau movement in the Lorraine region. Pépinière Park was built on the historic site of the Dukes park and has strong ties with the city's heritage. The park is just steps from Nancy's square which is registered at UNESCO, Place Stanislas and Place de la Carrière.

Musée de l’École de Nancy

The École de Nancy museum is one of the rare French museums dedicated to an artistic movement: Nancy's Art Nouveau.

Parc de la Pépinière

Greater Nancy has 300 hectares of green space divided between city parks and gardens, flower beds and promenades. There is never more than 10 minutes between two green spaces.