France: 36 hours in Angers

Angers

The beautiful city of Angers is located in the Maine-et-Loire (Pays de la Loire region) in the western-centre of France – it is the capital of the Maine-et-Loire department. Angers is 266 km from Paris by car or 1.5 hours on the Eurostar. Anger was the home of the House of Plantagenet: the Kings of England back in the 12th century.  A place full of life, art, history and of course good food and wine. Angers is also  a university town and the gateaway to the Loire region.

Tour and food shopping in Angers

The charm of a dynamic city with a prestigious past make exploring Angers a pure pleasure; it’s walkable and safe. The trams run the length of the town and bikes seems to be the way the locals get around.  Some places of interest are  Angers castle, the biggest medieval fortress in the Loire Valley;  a few museums, in particular, Gallerie David D’Angers,  and shopping in the city centre. 

Gallerie David D’Angers

This gallery is located just next to the Beaux-Arts museum.
David D’Angers was a local famous French sculptor who worked on Arc de Triomphe and the exterior of the Louvre in Paris and beyond. His many busts and medallions (over 500) are famous, and among his sitters may be found not only the distinguished men and women of France but many others both of England and Germany countries which he visited professionally between 1827 and 1829.
This art space used to be All Saints Abbey which has been sympathetically refurbished marrying modern and old architecture. Plenty of daylight come through the large windows and glass roof on both sides of the building.  It displays casts by the artists, drawings, terracotta studies and final sculptures in marble and bronze. Here the final art can be traced, stage by stage,  from inception to final product.

The Apocalypse Tapestry 

The Apocalypse Tapestry was produced between 1377 and 1382. It is a large medieval French set of tapestries commissioned by Louis I, the Duke of Anjou, and it depicts the story of the Apocalypse from the Book of Revelation by Saint John the Divine in colourful images.

Initially, they spread over  90 scenes. However, some sections have been lost, and others mistreated the late 18th century. Now-a-days it is displayed in the Chateau d’Angers.

Chateau d’Angers
The Apocalypse Tapestry room


Shopping
Carré d’Anjou
Le Carré d’Anjou is a store/cafe just outside the Gare Angers for local products “Made in Anjou.” Taste the pastries au Cointreau with a cup of tea in the Carré lounge.

Benoit Chocolat
Owned by Anne Benoit, an award-winning French chocolatier. Their beautiful boutiques sell delicious cakes, pastries and of course fabulous chocolates!

Benoit Chocolat cafe

Quernons d’Ardoise Almond Hazelnut Pralines, Angers speciality : caramelized praline with almonds and hazelnuts, coated with blue
chocolate. The crunchy praline is set off by the smoothness of the
chocolate.

Maison du Quernon
La Petite Marquise is an artisan chocolate shop.  Filled with boxes of chocolate ballots, local specialities and sweet pastries. 

Food markets
We visited an open market next to the hotel in the  Place Leclerc on an early Saturday morning – Quite a few stalls selling everything under the sun.
Another one is Lafayette – in Quartier Centre Ville, place La Fayette, over 50 stalls.

Jardin du Mail – on the way to the Saturday Market

A walk around the streets of Angers

Opera

Library

The Saint Maurice Cathedral of Angers

 Visit Cointreau

The Cointreau factory is located just outside Angers.  They have a tour  that takes about 2 1/2 hours which includes a tasting of Cointreau . It shows how it is produced, the history, advertising through the decades and the bottling plant. The centre is on an industrial estate, within easy reach from Angers about 15 minutes drive.
Book in advance :  http://www.carre-cointreau.fr
Boulevard des Bretonnieres | Saint Barthelemy d’Anjou,
Angers, France
t: +33 2 41 31 50 50

Cointreau fizz – Cointreau, lime, sparkling water and ice

Eating in style in Angers

LE XVIIème

This remarkable eatery is located in a 1658 (17th century)  majestic building by French architect François Gohin des Aulnays, hence its current name.
The Chef Richard Cerinei works with fresh quality products, selected from the best suppliers, and all their preparations are “homemade”.
Every morning, they wake up to shop for the finest and fresh fish our,  meat, vegetables,  All dishes are prepared on site from scratch the desserts, sorbets, etc.
The menu is forever changing according to season and ingredients availability; another highlight is their wine cellar, sourced by Gaëlle Cerini, Richard’s wife  which  that makes this place even more special
All this represents a work of passion; that reflects on their menu and wine list.
A real gastronomic experience at the heart of the city with inventive cuisine, emphasised by a collection of great wines.

Cremant de Loire, Cointreau, strawberry syrup

a delicious surprise starter
Foie Gras: citron foam. foie gras brûlée, apple, oyster leaf  – the lemon foam cut through the foie gras It was just delightful. This dish was paired with Coteaux de L’Aubance – sweet Chenin

Petra Alba organic Cabernet  Franc wine – Anjou-Villages Brissac AOC

 juicy Beef accompanied by various wild local mushrooms  – simple and mouth-watering

some sparkling wine to accompany our dessert
Strawberry macaroon, lychee foam, raspberry cream and fresh grapefruit that broke into the sweetness of the dish perfectly, sphere of grapefruit and grapefruit ice cream

Paris-Brest and marshmallows

 LE XVIIème
6, rue Claveau
49100 ANGERS
t:+ 33 (0) 2 41 87 92 27
le-dix-septieme@orange.fr
   

LA SALAMANDRE

The gourmet restaurant “The Salamander” offers a feast full of flavours served in a beautiful Gothic setting. This venue is part of the hotel where we stayed.

“The Salamander” : An amazing venue for our first dinner in Angers

silky Mushroom volute with crisp fish croquette excellent starter

Foie Gras  – always good in France

Duck: ballotine and heart mushrooms, thigh braised then breaded on  potato fondant full of textures and very generous dish

The cheese trolley  at “The Salamander” was amazing

Cheese: galet de Loire, Comte, Italian hard cheese,  goat cheese,

La Salamandre
1, Bd Foch
49100 Angers
t: 02 41 88 99 55
www.restaurant-lasalamandre.fr

Accommodation

I stayed at
Hôtel d’Anjou
1 Boulevard du Maréchal Foch, 49100 Angers, France

How to get to Angers

Eurostar from London to Lille about 1.30mintes and a quick platform change and carry on to Angers for another 3hours and 20 minutes.
Book your tickets here: Voyage SNCF

The VIP room at St Pancras

Delicious meal by Raymond Blanc on board of Eurostar from London to Lille

Travelling from Lille to Angers by TGV

Next adventure: Travelling to Nantes

waiting for the train to my next adventure:  Nantes – only 40 minutes away!

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Disclosure: I was a guest of Pays de La Loire Tourism Board  and ATOUT FRANCE on this trip. All views are my own.

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10 Comments

  1. November 29, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    Omg the pralines with the blue chocolate sound fabulous and that food, well I'm gonna admit I was drooling when I saw that! I'd go for the food lol. The hotel looks lovely too 😉

  2. November 29, 2016 / 10:27 pm

    Such a beautiful post and awesome photography. All those food look scrumptious

  3. November 29, 2016 / 10:31 pm

    Your photos are amazing – but I especially like the picture of the chocolate shop – I can't stop looking at it! Looks like you had a really memorable time!

  4. November 30, 2016 / 9:46 am

    This looks like a fantastic place to visit! I used to love exploring old towns with my Grandad, there's always so many little things to find. That chocolate shop looks amazing, I could spend hours in there! 🙂

  5. November 30, 2016 / 2:13 pm

    This looks fantastic , I think I could spend all day in that one chocolate shop! I have always wanted to go to France.

  6. December 1, 2016 / 9:17 am

    Angers isn't somewhere I'm familiar with but it looks so picturesque!

  7. December 1, 2016 / 7:01 pm

    Wow, I really want to to to Angers! It looks so picturesque and the food markets are totally up my street.

  8. December 1, 2016 / 11:05 pm

    I've never heard of Angers before, but it looks amazing. All that food! All that CHOCOLATE!

  9. December 3, 2016 / 1:43 am

    Absolutely stunning photos! I must admit something, i didn't realised at first glimpse and I thought you meant that you spent 36 in anger! like very angry haha The food looks amazing, and the architecture is breath taking!

  10. December 7, 2016 / 7:44 am

    Amazing post about Angers ! You just pointed out the most beautiful places in our town : art galleries, food and great pictures of the old town. Personally I think that 36 hours are much too short to discover this part of the Western Loire Valley, but it is a perfect starting point to visit the Loire Valley wineries, the chateaux and the beautiful surroundings. Many thanks !

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