Nancy, a seaside town in the Grand Est region of northeastern France, is known for its late Baroque and art nouveau monuments, some of which date back to the time when it was the capital of the duchy of Lorraine. Its main center is Stanislas Square, which dates back to the 18th century. This grand square, decorated with gilded wrought iron doors and rococo fountains, is next to the ornate palaces and churches that fill the medieval old town.
What to see
- La Place Stanislas declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Modernist architecture, such as the famous Villa Majorelle
- The modernist museum Musée de l’École de Nancy
- Furniture by Jean Prouvé and glassware by Daum at the Musée des Beaux-Arts
- More than 12,000 species in the Botanical Garden
What to Buy
- A precious metal box of Bergamote candies
- Souvenirs of local artisans from the Tourist Office shop
- A souvenir of Saint Nicholas, patron saint of Lorraine
- Gâteau Lorrain cake with Mirabel plums
- A piece of the world-famous Daum glassware
Tips to visit Nancy
- Local people spend a lot of time eating. Travelers who wish to dine at one of the local restaurants should take care of the table reservation in advance, as finding a free table in the popular gastronomic establishments after 20:00 is really a challenge.
- The main means of public transport is the bus. Tickets for bus trips must be purchased at special stalls located near each bus stop.
Local people reluctantly speak foreign languages. That’s the reason to take a French phrase book on the trip or learn several phrases in French. Hotel, restaurant and mall staff commonly have a good command of the English language.
- Shopping addicts should pay special attention to the shops and shops marked with a ‘degriffes’ sign found in all major cities.. The shops sell the goods of the latest collections that were not sold in large stores.
These shops and boutiques offer excellent quality clothing at more reasonable prices
- Prudent tourists looking to visit budget cafes and restaurants should keep in mind several important facts. Many restaurants and cafes offer their guests to set up at the bar counter or take a table in the hallway. In the first case, the prices will be lower for 20%. Those who opt for a table on the outdoor terrace will be charged 20% higher for food than visitors who take a table in the hallway.
- Some nightclubs require a dress code as well. Visitors in overly bright and revealing costumes cannot be admitted.
- The service fee is commonly included in the total bill as in hotels and taxis as well as in restaurants. It is not customary to additionally reward staff for the service.
Centre Commercial Saint-Sébastien
A shopping centre ideally located in the heart of Nancy, 5 minutes from the station and accessible in walking, tram or bus.
It includes a large number of ready-to-wear brands (Pimkie, Etam, Kookaï, Bizbee, Jenyfer, Camaieu, Cache-Cache, Phildar,…), sports (Running, Intersport), lingerie (Orcanta, Undiz), shoes (André,Bata, Eram,…), food (Monoprix, Asian caterer, organic market), perfumery (Sephora, Marionnaud), a parapharmacy,… There’s plenty to keep you busy for one afternoon!
Parking is subject to a charge, but you can have your ticket punched at the checkout of a store to benefit from a free hour.
Boutique Montblanc L’Ecritoire
In this boutique, made of luxury and refinement, you will find all the Montblanc models (available in different colors and styles), but also everything that makes up the Montblanc universe: belts, wallet, checkbook holder
Baccarat is one of the jewels in the crown of the regional luxury industry.
Note the original and relatively affordable crystal jewelry.
Many Kizomba events are held throughout the year. There are two events that are held on a weekly basis
Les Lundis Kizomba
From 19:30 to 20:30 there is a course for beginners
From 20:30 to 21:30 they teach an intermediate level course.
From 21:30 to 01:00 an After party is held.
Address: Le Seven 7 Bar Lounge and Roller Dance – 5 Rue Jeanne D´Arc 57310 – Guenange, France
On Sundays, there are also classes and a kizomba party.
from 16:30 to 17:30 h – Intermediate level classes
from 17:30 to 18:30 – Classes for beginners 2
from 18:30 to 19:30 – Classes for beginners 1
from 19:30 to 22:30 – Free practice
Address: Espace Jean Jaurés – 3 Avenue de la Paix 54510 – Tomblaine, France
The contact telephone for both events is: +33 0668532220
Nancy Kizomba Festival
Nancy has its own kizomba festival. This year it was held from 22nd to 24th February.