Things to do in Nantes

New to Nantes? Here are the best things to do while you're there.

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Start with the Top Sights in Nantes

If you're in Nantes to see the sights, you can't miss any of these.

Les Machines de l'Île

⭐️ 4.6 (34006)

Château des ducs de Bretagne

⭐️ 4.5 (19326)

Botanical Garden

⭐️ 4.7 (15018)

Parc de Procé

⭐️ 4.5 (4384)

Musée d'arts de Nantes

⭐️ 4.5 (4214)

Cathédrale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul de Nantes

⭐️ 4.5 (3891)

Natural History Museum

⭐️ 4.4 (2952)

Park La Beaujoire

⭐️ 4.6 (1938)

Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery

⭐️ 4.3 (1713)

Place Royale

⭐️ 4.5 (1373)

Jules Verne Museum

⭐️ 3.7 (1215)

The top affordable restaurants in Nantes

Discover a variety of budget-friendly dining options in Nantes city, offering delicious cuisine without breaking the bank.

Le Cambronne Bistrot Chic

⭐️ 4.5 (1468)

Price Range: $$

Le Fou du Roi

⭐️ 4.5 (1100)

Price Range: $$

Les Pieds dans le Plat

⭐️ 4.4 (966)

Price Range: $$

Le Bistrot Basque de Nantes

⭐️ 4.7 (912)

Price Range: $$


⭐️ 4.8 (715)

Price Range: $$

L'instinct gourmand

⭐️ 4.6 (637)

Price Range: $$

Un Nouveau Monde

⭐️ 4.4 (506)

Price Range: $$

Lamaccotte - Restaurant Nantes

⭐️ 4.7 (497)

Price Range: $$

Restaurant Brasserie LUS'IN du Bouffay

⭐️ 4.1 (486)

Price Range: $$

Le Boudoir - Restaurant Nantes

⭐️ 4.1 (485)

Price Range: $$

République Côté Jardin - Restaurant Nantes

⭐️ 4.6 (475)

Price Range: $$

Checkout these incredible local experiences in Nantes

These are curated, high quality experiences in Nantes hosted by locals!

Nantesfoodie - Food Tour in Nantes

Visit of the estate and wine lessons

Generous food tour in the heart of Nantes

Nantes Discovery Guided Tour

Engl/Spanish conversation, culture exchange & making friends

Atelier d'enluminure

Vineyard tour in Deux CV Citroën

Health Cooking Class in Nantes



End your night in some of the best bars in Nantes

Discover the most vibrant nightlife scenes in Nantes, curated exclusively for you.

Fleming's Irish Pub

⭐️ 4.3 (1051)

Price Range: $$

Peter Mc Cool Graslin - Irish Pub

⭐️ 4.2 (850)

Price Range: $$

Bar Le Cercle Rouge Nantes

⭐️ 4.3 (723)

Price Range: $$

La Ribouldingue

⭐️ 4.2 (564)

Price Range: $$


⭐️ 4.3 (535)

Price Range: $$

L'Univers Speakeasy

⭐️ 4.3 (492)

Price Range: $$$

NIGHT L / Tb bar bouffay

⭐️ 4.2 (377)

Price Range: $$


⭐️ 4.7 (365)

Price Range: $$

Le Mac - Irish Pub Nantes

⭐️ 4.5 (311)

Price Range: $$

Le Duplex Graslin

⭐️ 4.2 (300)

Price Range: $$

Barberousse Nantes

⭐️ 4.5 (275)

Price Range: $$

Pick from the best places to stay in Nantes

If you're looking for some of the best hotels in Nantes you've come to the right place.

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Check out these bookable attractions in Nantes

These are some of the best tours, museums, and activities in Nantes.

Nantes City Card

Self-balancing Scooter Guided City Tour

Self-balancing Scooter Guided Heritage Tour

Self-balanced Scooter Tour

One-hour Self-balancing Scooter Tour

E-scooter Rental

Self-balancing Scooter Tour with a Guide

Self-balancing Scooter Tour of Nantes

Private Walking Tour of Nantes

Nantes Walking Tour

Looking for unforgettable fine-dining experiences in Nantes?

Hungry? We've got the best rated, the best of the best.

O Deck

⭐️ 4 (2003)

Price Range: $$$

Restaurant L'Atlantide 1874 - Maison Guého

⭐️ 4.6 (986)

Price Range: $$$$

Le Bouchon

⭐️ 4.5 (723)

Price Range: $$$


⭐️ 4.7 (566)

Price Range: $$$

Maison Baron Lefèvre - Restaurant Nantes

⭐️ 4.2 (527)

Price Range: $$$

Song Saveur et Sens

⭐️ 4.5 (307)

Price Range: $$$

Le Manoir De La Régate

⭐️ 4.6 (280)

Price Range: $$$


⭐️ 4.4 (213)

Price Range: $$$

Frequently asked questions:

  1. Visit the Château des Ducs de Bretagne: Built in the 15th century and considered the symbol of Nantes, the Château des Ducs de Bretagne offers a glimpse into the historic past of the city.
  2. Explore the Isle of Nantes: Take a leisurely stroll along the banks of the Loire River to explore the Isle of Nantes. Visit the old factories and warehouses that have been converted into modern attractions such as The Machines of the Island, where a giant mechanical elephant brings imagination and fantasy to life.
  3. Enjoy The Passage Pommeraye: This historic arcaded shopping street is one of the most picturesque in the city. Browse the shops, independent boutiques, and cafés or simply enjoy the hustle and bustle of the ever-present street performers.

Nantes is one of the best cities to visit in Europe, and its warmer months from June through August provide an ideal opportunity for exploring the lush green areas and outdoor activities around the city. During this time, the cobblestone streets, delightful cafés and amazing attractions create an atmosphere perfect to explore, making it the ideal time to visit Nantes.

Nantes is a city in France with lots of attractions to visit. An ideal visit of Nantes would be three to four days in order to get the full experience of all it has to offer. This should include a day exploring the Loire Valley, a boat tour of the Loire River, a visit to the medieval châteaux, and a night out in one of the vibrant neighborhoods.

Nantes is a vibrant city, full of life and exciting attractions and activities. Getting around is easy with excellent public transit options. A great way to explore the city is to take the tram, which runs throughout the city and provides quick and easy access to downtown. Additionally, the city also offers a vast array of bike paths and bike-sharing programs for those wanting an alternative way to explore. Lastly, a fleet of eco-friendly taxi-bikes are also available, perfect for getting from place to place without having to worry about traffic or congestion.

Nantes is a great city for families to explore. It has plenty of parks and green spaces, so picnics and outdoor activities are a great way to spend the day. For an interesting experience, visitors should visit Le Machine de l'Ile, with its fascinating robotic wildlife sculptures. To explore the local history, the Jardin des Plantes offers an interactive zoological gardens and planetarium show.

We've actually curated a complete list of the best bars in Nantes. To start off we'd have to mention Papa Doble - Bar à cocktails Nantes, 19:33 cocktail experience, KITKAT Bar. Check out our page on the best bars in Nantes.

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