Must-see places and things to do in Honfleur, in France
Hello! A few weeks ago, we had a superb weather in Normandy and decided to spend a day in Honfleur with my friend Lucie! If you like authentic french villages, it’s one of most beautiful ones in France and definitely a must-see places in Normandy such as Deauville or Cabourg (which are also nearby). I’m sharing with you the things to do during a day trip!
Honfleur port: a one-of-kind place full of romance
The port of Honfleur is the most impressive place in town, so it’s perfect to start the visit. Its boats, paved streets and colorful houses were in fact a privileged place for Impressionist painters. Imagine strolling hand-in-hand, enjoying the sun on the terrace of a café, tasting some food at one of the many seafood restaurants, or savoring a waffle sitting next to the boats. I’m sure you can picture why Honfleur is indeed a perfect place for romantic break in Normandy. Lucie didn’t stop to make me notice this and I even had to apologize for not being her man!
Honfleur: its museum, art galleries and shops
Behind the port of Honfleur you can wander for hours on the paved streets. I’m sure your artistic soul will be as fulfilled. Indeed, Honfleur was Eugene Boudin’s town, and the famous impressionist has a museum devoted to his work and to the various Impressionist painters (Courbet, Monet …) in the cente of town. Unfortunately the museum is closed on Tuesday, the day I visited, so I cannot tell you more! However, I explored many art galleries in Honfleur and discovered new trends and artists. A feast for the eyes! Such as the many small designer shops elsewhere in town which are pure joy for shopping fans! We had a big crush for Agent Paper, a shop that makes beautiful animal heads with recycled paper, but also many other trinkets (diaries, lampshades, tables’sets, etc).
Please, also don’t miss Sainte Catherine church during your visit as it’s the tallest wooden church built in France with a separate belfry.
Where to eat: coffee shop and restaurant in Honfleur
During this day trip, I tried a seafood restaurant and tea room in Honfleur: Les Deux Ponts and Petite Chine. As I was pleased with both experiences I recommend these addresses that I think a good value for money. I must admit I had a preference for Petite Chine thanks to its beautiful view over the port, its homemade pastries and its so charming English cups.
Any questions about Honfleur? Please let me know in the comments section, I’ll be happy to help you!
Boujou (the Norman way to say XOXO)
|Parking: 5 minutes walk from the port
Restaurant Les Deux Ponts: €€
La Petite Chine: €€