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Nancy is a moderate-sized city in the Lorraine region of (eastern) France. Nancy is the capital of the French département of Meurthe-et-Moselle, and is the economical capital of the Lorraine region. It is also a major French university center, with over 47,000 students and three major universities. Once the industrial and cultural powerhouse of Northeast France, the city boasts a very diverse architectural and cultural heritage. Parts of the historical city centre are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (less...) (more...)
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Points of Interest in Nancy
- Place Stanislas, the town square has a Stanislas statue pointing to the north and fountains and wrought iron gates in the two northern corners. It was built by Stanislas, Duke of Lorraine and former King of Poland, in the 18th century. The surrounding buildings are all in a single, classic style, adding to the grandeur of the square.
- The Tourism Office, where you can pick up handy maps and other information, is in a building on the southern side of Place Stanislas (facing the statue's back).
- The Old City, including the St-Epvre basilique and square with many cafés and restaurants (Place St-Epvre)
- La Porte de la Craffe, Grand Rue. 14th century gate at the edge of the Vieille Ville, with two towers giving it the look of a fairy-tale castle.
- Place de la Carriere and Place d'Alliance together with Place Stanislas are a single entry on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Place de la Carriere is a tree-lined square with notable buildings around it. Place d'Alliance has a central fountain, modelled after those in Piazza Navona in Rome.
- Arc de Triomphe, also known as the Arc Here after its architect, is located along the northern side of the Place Stanislas, leading to the Place de la Carriere. It was built at the same time as the Place Stanislas, in honor of King Louis XV.
- Art Nouveau "tour"
Museums and Galleries
- Musée des Beaux-Arts (Museum of Fine Arts) 3, place Stanislas 6 €, 4 € for reduced price for students.
- Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy, 36-38, rue du Sergent Blandan (consider hopping on bus 134-135 if you are feeling particularly lazy). Art-nouveau Nancy school of architecture. 4.60 € (2.30 € reduced).
- Musée Historique Lorrain (Museum of Lorraine History), 64, Grand Rue. 03 83 32 18 74. Closed on Mondays. Generally open from 10:00 to 18:00, reduced hours in the winter. History of the Lorraine region. (You might also want to check out the neighboring Musée des Arts et Traditions populaires.) 3.10 € (2.30 € reduced).
Parks and Gardens
- Parc de la Pépinière - A 50 acre square park in the heart of the city. It was once used as a garden to grow trees for other parks/green areas in Nancy and the region. Now it is a pleasant and relaxing setting. There is a small zoo, a couple of bars and a children's puppet theatre. The open-air Auditorum hosts free concerts during summer evenings. Main entrances are located place Stanislas and place de la Carrière.
- Parc Sainte-Marie (Access : 38bis avenue du Maréchal Juin, rue Dupont des Loges, avenue Boffrand. Take bus 134-135 and stop at Dupont des Loges). A nice park, southwest of the city centre. Tends to be less crowded than the Pépinière during summer. Includes an Alsatian-style house. Free.
- Jardin Botanique du Montet, 100, rue du Jardin Botanique 54600 VILLERS-LÈS-NANCY (Take bus 134-135 direction Lycée Stanislas until the end of the bus line). Open everyday 2PM-5PM and also 10AM-12AM during weekdays. Glasshouses are open 2PM-4:45PM daily. A 70-acre botanical garden, one of the most beautiful of the country. Located in the western outskirts of town. Access to the park is free, entrance for the glasshouses is 4€.
- Parc de la Cure d'Air - A small park, located on a hill northwest of the city centre. The park itself is not very interesting, however there is a great view over the whole city.
- Les jardins d'eau - A pleasant promenade along the canal. Near the marina.
- Nancy Tourism Office, Place Stanislas, ☎ +33 383 352 241. 9AM-7PM from April to October, 9AM-6PMfrom November to March. The office is in the southwest corner of place Stanislas, in the city hall building.
Music, dancing and opera
- Opera National de Lorraine, 1 rue Sainte-Catherine (main entrance is place Stanislas), ☎ +33 383 853 060. Price range from 7€ to 59€. The opera house is located in one of the eastern pavillons of place Stanislas. It hosts most of the city's opera shows. Early booking is strongly recommended.
- Salle Poirel, 3 rue Victor Poirel, ☎ +33 383 323 125. A medium-sized hall for classical music shows as well as popular music concerts.
- C.C.N. Ballet de Lorraine, 3 rue Henri Bazin, ☎ +33 383 856 901.
- Zénith de Nancy, Rue du Zénith – 54320 MAXEVILLE.A 25,000-seat zenith in open air, for large popular music concerts or sport events. Located on the northern outskirts of the city.
- L'Autre Canal, 45, Boulevard d'Austrasie, ☎ +33 383 323 125. A small hall dedicated to modern music : rock, electronic, R&B...
- Théâtre de la Manufacture, 8 rue Baron Louis, ☎ +33 383 374 242. The city's main theatre. Located in a former 19th century tobacco factory.
- Théâtre Mon Désert, 71 bis, rue de Mon Désert, ☎ +33 383 853 484. A small municipal theatre.
- UGC, 54, rue Saint Jean, ☎ +33 892 700 000 (0.34€/min). A major cinema chain. Mostly dubbed American blockbusters and mainstream French movies.
Le Cameo is a small independent regional chain. Mostly foreign films in original version and a few avant-garde movies. There are two addresses in Nancy :
- Le Cameo - Saint Sébastien, 6, Rue Léopold Lallement, ☎ +33 383 354 776.
- Le Cameo - Commanderie, 16, Rue de la Commanderie, ☎ +33 383 284 100.
- AS Nancy Lorraine (ASNL), Stade Marcel Picot - 90 Boulevard Jean-Jaurès - 54510 Tomblaine (Tramway station Gérard Barrois). The local football (soccer) team has been playing in the Ligue 1 championship for many years. While it has never won the first division championship, it has steadily maintained itself among the French professional-level leagues throughout its existence. One of the club's most famous players is former French international Michel Platini. The ASNL plays in the Stade Marcel Picot (20,000 seats).
- SLUC Nancy Basket, Palais des sports Jean-Weille. The local basketball team is one of the major clubs in the country. It won the French championship in 2008 and 2011.
- Greater Nancy swimming pools. There are 9 swimming pols in the greater Nancy area.
- Nancy Jazz Pulsations. October
The most obvious place to get a bite is the rue des Marechaux, also named rue Gourmande by locals. This little street is lined with restaurants of all kinds. You'll find various French (surprise!), Chinese, Cuban and late-night snacks of varying quality.
Small bakeries and delis can be found throughout the city. Kebab shops and oriental restaurants are numerous around Saint Nicolas street.
At the covered market on Rue St. Dizier you can find fresh fruits and vegetables, a couple of butchers, a triperie, and one stand that sells fresh fish (and a pretty nice selection; you can even get Octopus!), plus a couple of small restaurants.
- The Sushi Bar. Place Stanislas.
- La Gavotte. Grand Rue. Crêpes.
- Les Feuillants, 27, rue Gambetta (just off to the west of Place Stanislas), ☎ +33-383358133. Quite chic restaurant, with excellent food at an acceptable price. Only indoor seats. 35 Euro for a four course dinner menu (2008).
- Café Foy, Place Stanislas. A restaurant right on the square itself, with outside seating on the square or inside sitting on two levels. Brilliant location, great food, although a bit on the pricey side.
- La Petite Cuillere, 123 Grande Rue, ☎ +33 383 36 4316. A somewhat quirky restaurant with "traditional" French fare. Friendly staff who speak English, brilliant presentation and absolutely brilliant food. 3 course set menu at €24, 2 courses for €20.
- Le petit Cuny, 93-95 Grande rue, 54000 Nancy, ☎ +33 3 83 32 85 94. A delicious winstub-like restaurant with local specialities, including the delicious "ardoise de fromages". Just next door, the bar "Le Lez'art" belongs to the same owner and serves delicious buffets on Sundays.
- Brasserie L'Excelsior, 50, rue Henri-Poincaré. A grand old restaurant, close to the train station, should be visited just for the interior decorations alone. Traditional French bistro cuisine. Good food, though on the pricey side with 3 course meal for €30. Excellent wine list, and restaurant well known for its specialities such as its veal steak.
- Chez Tanesy - Le Gastrolâtre, 23, Grande Rue, ☎ +33 383 355 194. Closed Sundays & Mondays. A tiny gastronomical restaurant run by semi-retired, former 1 Michelin star, chef Patrick Tanésy. Sometimes a bit grumpy, the chef is nonetheless a great cook. Traditional French and Provençal cuisine. Excellent wine list. His olive-flavored chocolate dessert is a must-try. Around 40€ for a full-course menu.
- A la Table du Bon Roi Stanislas, 7, rue Gustave Simon (behind place Stanislas), ☎ +33 383 352 652. Closed Mon. noon, Wed. noon and Sun. evening. A small quality restaurant. Traditional Lorraine and Polish cuisine. The menus are directly inspired by food served at the court of King Stanislas. 20€ for a three-course lunch, 40€ for a full-course dinner.
Nancy has its fair share of Irish pubs, wine bars, cafes, and other drinking establishments. The night life is quite active, due to the presence of many students. However, things tend to be more subdued during the summer holidays. Major nightlife spots are in the Ville vieille and near place Stanislas.
In case you need more than just drinks and are looking for a seedier kind of nightlife, you can find it around the rue Mouilleron (west of the railway station), near the Chat Noir night club (see below).
- Le Ch'timi, Place Saint-Epvre (facing the Basilica). Specialty beers.
- Le McCarthy, 6, Rue Guerrier de Dumast. Open till 5AM. Irish pub. Pool table.
- Les Frères Berthom, 5 rue Stanislas (next to the western entrance of place Stanislas). 3PM-2AM. Speciality beers, especially Belgian beers.
- Le Medieval, 27 bis Rue Saint Michel. Irish pub. Live Irish music twice a month.
- L'Echanson, 9 rue de la Primatiale. 12AM-3PM & 5:30PM-9:30PM. Closed Sundays & Mondays. Wine bar.
- Le Vertigo, 29 rue de la Visitation. Many live music concerts.
- Le Cyrano, Grand Rue. Wine bar. 2-4€ a glass.
- Le Queen's Pub, 5 Place Stanislas.
- Cabane du Brasseur, 21, place du Marché (near the covered market). Brew their own beer.
- Opéra café, 5 Terrasse de la pépinière. Speciality & imported beers.
- Le Chat Noir, 63 rue Jeanne d'Arc.
- L'Envers, 1 ter rue du Géneral Hoche.
- La Place, 7 Place Stanislas.
- Le Circus, 42 rue Jean Mermoz.
- L'O (located inside a boat on the Canal), Quai Sainte Catherine.
A couple of nice bookstores
- Quiche Lorraine - quiche with little bacon bits—is a local specialty. This can be found in any boulangerie/patisserie for roughly (2 €), but the better version can be found in restaurants.
- mirabelle stuff,
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