The Best Places to Go in France Outside of Paris (part 2)

Giverny

The painter and art lover will thoroughly enjoy exploring the small village of Giverny. This is where you can find the home and gardens of famous French painter Claude Monet. The lush garden is the spot that inspired some of the most famous paintings by Monet, including Water Lilies and Wheatstacks. For a more vibrant garden experience, visit anytime from April to the beginning of October when everything is in full bloom.

While there are not many options of dining in Giverny, it has two small cafes that offer a place to rest and relax after touring the massive gardens that Monet created. Both are great and offer people plenty of coffee and pastries to choose from. For a taste of an authentic French cafe, you’re going to want to go to Au Coin du Pain’tre. Here you will find tarts using seasonal fruits and hot coffee and light lunch options to enjoy inside or outside in the garden.

Honfleur

Honfleur, lying where the Seine River meets the English Channel, is among the cutest towns in France, and it. It is home to dozens of cafes serving up locally caught seafood, including one of France’s most famous seafood dishes, moules frites. While touring the quaint town you’re going to want to check out the main church, Sainte-Catherine, which was built in the 15th century by shipbuilders. This is the country’s largest wooden church, and it still hosts services for locals every week.

When it comes to food, Honfleur offers a variety of moules frites, or mussels and frites. Throughout Honfleur, you can find dozens of restaurants serving up the dish, but we highly recommend Le Bouchon d’Honfleur. It is a little off the bay so it is less touristy and less expensive because you don’t have to pay for the view. After your meal, head over to Glaces de la firm du bois louvet for what’s been called France’s best ice cream in all. You cannot leave here without trying their salted butter caramel ice cream or the dark chocolate with candied orange, both of which are perfection in their own right.