Photo : Licence par Ousseynou Cissé
Questions via National Geographic
Rennes is My City
The first place I take a visitor from out of town is Place Saint-Anne.
When I crave for a good coffee or hot chocolate I always go to Le Haricot Rouge.
To escape the town I head to the seaside.
If I want to buy books, I go to one of the cosy bookstores left in the old city center : La Librairie du Voyage, or Alphagraph.
For complete quiet, I can hide away in the maze of cobbled streets.
If you come to my city, get your picture taken with Le Parlement de Bretagne, famous because it burned twice.
If you have to order one thing off the menu from Le Café Populaire it has to be a fish dish.
Bahon-Rault is my one-stop shop for great paper good and notebooks.
Locals know to skip the crowded saturday morning market in the city center and check out markets in other areas instead, where you can also find clothes and home equipment .
When I’m feeling cash-strapped I go to Al Saj, a lebanese snack where you can eat delicious falafels or chich taouk for 5 euros.
For a huge splurge I go expensive shoes stores or Les Galeries Lafayette.
Photo ops in my city include cute little street and fortifications and the best vantage points are Les Portes mordelaises, rue du Chapitre and the botanic garden Le Thabor.
The most random thing about my city is that the Minitel was invented here.
My city has the most carefree men.
My city has the most attaching women.
In my city, an active day outdoors involves a footing along the river.
My city’s best museum is Les Champs Libres.
My favorite jogging/walking route is Canal Saint-Martin.
For a night of dancing, go to well…depends what you’re looking for, but it’s not Berlin. L’Espace has some nice clubbing nights. Or, for live music, check out L’Ubu, runned by the Trans Musicales festival and often booking indie acts.
Mc Donalds is the spot for late-night eats (sorry, but it’s true).
To find out what’s going on at night and on the weekends, read Wik, Alter1fo or Kostar.
You can tell a lot about my city from the atmosphere on a busy thursday-student-binge-drinking in Rue de la Soif.
You can tell if someone is from my city if he/she misses eating a “galette-saucisse” at the market on saturday mornings after a sleepless night.
In the spring you should see the magnolia blossoms at Le Thabor.
In the summer you should leave the town because it’s often rainy, hope for a ray of light on the seaside (Saint-Malo, Saint Lunaire…), or go to one of the numerous music festivals taking place in Brittany, the best one being La Route du Rock.
In the fall you should go take a stroll in one of the forests around town and grab some apples and chestnuts.
In the winter you should take a good coffee, buy food in Les Halles Centrales (a covered market) and…go to Trans Musicales festival (first weekend of december).
A hidden gem in my city is abandonned areas.
For a great breakfast joint try Apple Pie, which makes organic Irish food.
Don’t miss the ElectroniK festival in october. Less known than its older brother Trans Musicales, it’s still a good opportunity to discover music and visual artists.
Just outside my city, you can visit Apigné, with its lake which is a good substitute to the sea in the summer.
The best way to see my city is by feet or taking the little metro.
If my city were a pet it would be an easy-going shepherd dog.
If I didn’t live in a city, I’d live (where?) in a house near the seaside.
The best book about my city is certainly to be found at Librairie du voyage.
When I think about my city, the song that comes to mind is We Are Young.
If you have kids, you won’t want to miss l’Espace des sciences and the parties for children organised by l’Armada.
My city should be featured on your cover or website because it’s cosy.