Grenoble Travel Guide
Musee de Grenoble - 5 place de Lavalette. There is a good mixture of classic and modern art at this old established art museum/gallery. Greek and Roman artefacts unearthed nearby are also on display. The building is beautifully set in Albert Michallon Park.
Fort de la Bastille - Located on a rocky hill top on the north bank of the River Isere and the cable car ride from the south bank over the river to the fort is a highlight. This fortification protected the city for hundreds of years, but not always successfully. Visit and learn more.
Musee Dauphinois - 30 rue Maurice-Gignoux. This charming museum is dedicated to the story of Alpine life through the ages. Located in a 17th century convent in the area of Ste-Marie-d'en-Haut. The history of skiing is depicted from it's early days to ultra modern equipment.
Centre Ville - Grenoble Centre Ville is a great place to shop (especially if you prefer specialized boutiques) - not only are there hundreds of shops to find everything you are looking for, but you will also be able to get great photos of the fountains and architecture. For women's clothing, I am fanatic about Jennyfer and Zara. For shoes, Andre. There is even a great Body Piercing/Goth store there for the wild set (with AWESOME boots!) Galaries Lafayette is here too, but it is comparable to the US Macy's...I prefer to visit the little boutiques where you can get more personalized service and also save a bundle! :)
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China Town China Town is conveniently located across the street from Grenoble's train station. The staff speaks English, French, and Chinese. Very courteous and accommodating staff that treat you like royalty. I eat here quite often and have always enjoyed my meals and the service. This restaurant serves Thai and Japanese cuisine as well. They accept all major credit cards (including AMEX). I highly recommend the steamed dumplings!
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Grand Place - Located to the south of the city and reachable by tram. Plenty of choice at this busy shopping centre, from supermarkets, department stores, music Mecca's to designer boutiques. You will find the right gift at this mall, but you could spend a day looking for it.
Arthaud - 16, rue Jean Jacques Rousseau. An easy to find bookshop in the centre of town, near Place Grenette. They stock many English titles and it's a great place to find information about the city.
Galeries Lafayette - Located in the shopping district, near Place Grenette and Avenue Lorraine. A household name in France, this huge department store stocks items for the home, clothing, food and gifts. A good choice for a rainy or freezing day.
Grenoble Restaurants and Bars
Auberge Napoleon - 7 rue de Montorge. This restaurant makes the most of the fact that Napoleon spent a night here in 1815 at the start of his short reign. That may attract the visitor, but you have to come up with good food to match and here we come up trumps. Small, cosy and serving the best French cuisine it is possible to find.
Restaurant Pique-Pierre - Located about 1.5km north of the town on the Route Historique de Stendahl (N75) at St-Martin-le-Vinoux. This country house is popular with locals and tourists alike. Traditional French cuisine is lapped up here and you are advised to book.
Le Berlioz - 4 rue Strasbourg, Seasonal French country cooking is the speciality at this elegant restaurant. Located in a hundred year old building in the centre of town and bosting a fine list of wines.(Weather they stock any of them is a different matter)
Le Peroquet - Place St Andre. This cafe/bar is located in a charactoristic square in the old section of the town. Great to watch the World pass from an outside table in the summer. Simple filling food well presented and cheap.
Grenoble Bars & Clubs
Le Barberousse - Just off Place Notre Dame, there is a great atmosphere in this small wood panelled bar. They specialise in Rhum and offer many fruity flavours, but they can be misleading in strength. Easy going and the vibe is party, party, party. They serve light meals as well.
London Pub - Place Notre Dame. There is plenty of nightlife in this area and this is one of the popular hang outs. Spaced over 2 floors and busy all nights. Packed to the brim with students and visitors looking for a wild night out.
Vieux Manior - Rue St Laurent. Popular nightclub with students and a fair smattering of tourists. the entrance is free on a Thursday, and they let people free into the bar only at the weekend. Lively dance floor with hip hop, reggae and house being the main form of musical entertainment.
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