Where to stay, shop, eat and relax
Editor's pick: best hotels, local restaurants, shopping attractions and activities to attend in Champagne.
This elegant 19th-century house in Avize is a new venture for Anselme Selosse. It’s a stylish, modern hotel with 10 rooms, plus a restaurant run by Stéphane Rossillon.
On the hillside above Epernay, its rooms and restaurant enjoy superb views over the Champillon vineyards.
A decent walk from Epernay town centre, this former home of the founder of Mercier Champagne has comfortable, high-ceilinged, period rooms.
BARS AND RESTAURANTS
Brasserie du Boulingrin
Opposite the newly renovated market in Reims, this is a local institution, with its buzzing atmosphere and art deco interior.
Le Café du Palais
Opposite the Reims law courts, this is a lively, ’30s-built bistro stuffed with pictures and antique curios. Great for relaxed lunchtime dining.
Friendly, bustling restaurant in Epernay, popular at lunchtime. Chef-patron Christophe Bernard has worked with famous chefs Paul Bocuse and Alain Ducasse.
Michelin-starred restaurant, bistro and hotel in Epernay with some of the best food in Champagne, both in the main restaurant and Bistrot Le 7. The 29 bedrooms have all been upgraded and refurbished.
Le Four à Bois
Reims baker with a big range of traditional breads and patisserie.
L’Epicérie au Bon Manger
Tiny Reims delicatessen with two tables selling organic Champagnes and wine, plus carefully sourced meats, fish, cheeses and other fine foods.
Fossier is the place to buy the famous biscuits rosés de Reims – crisp, pink sponge finger biscuits. An acquired taste but great for dipping in tea.
A wine shop and bar in Avize where you can buy 300 different Champagnes mostly from small houses, co-ops and grower-producers, and enjoy a glass over a selection of local cheeses and cold meats.
La Fine Bulle
Across the road from C-Comme there is a similar set-up, with a Champagne bar and tasting rooms but more of the major houses represented. You can even buy sabres.
520 Champagne et Vins d’Auteurs
This new shop in Avize run by Pierre-Yves Cainjo has a hard-to-beat collection of many of the leading grower-producers in Champagne in its range of 400 cuvées from 115 houses and growers.
Jour de Vendange
Some growers organise special grape-picking trips during the harvest, typically in early September. Lists of growers offering such days are available from the Marne Tourist Board Tel: +33 (0)3 26 68 37 52
Translated by Sylvia Wu / 吴嘉溦
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