How to make the most of Reims in less than two days

Family Shopping at Fossier, Reims

Less than two hours east of Paris lies the city of Reims, where medieval, art deco and Champagne mingle well

Reims is known for two things: its Cathedral and Champagne. It's true they describe well the city's landmark. However, there's more to the city than that. It's a human-sized small city that mixes medieval and modern well as you walk its streets and districts. It's only 1h30 away Paris and if you're driving East then Reims is on your way.

What to see

Start your day with a walk along Cours Jean-Baptiste Langlet. The street features historic buildings that host banks, insurances companies and some boutiques. A stop at pink biscuit maker Maison Fossier is a must. From there La Cours leads to the Cathedral. 

Reims Cathedral
Reims Cathedral

The Palais du Tau, which is located behind the Cathedral, was the residence of the Archbishop of Reims and of the kings of France before their coronation. The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Across the street from the palace is the Carnegie library. A gorgeous art-deco  public library built with the money donated by American businessman Carnegie.

Carnegie Library of Reims
Carnegie Library of Reims

Where to eat

Located in the city centre at 43 Boulevard Foch, this restaurant took us by surprise. The quality of service and food struck us as much as the beautiful settings. The staff was wonderful and showed a lot of care to our 3-year old. The 3 or 4 service menu featured classical French cuisine. 

Côté Cuisine restaurant Reims
Côté Cuisine restaurant

Outside Reims: Champagne Cossy

There are more than a thousand of Champagne vineyards around Reims. The ones you know are the big commercial ones. There are also the many smaller ones that will host you for a free visit. Just ask them for one and enjoy an authentic tour. Pay a visit to Champagne Cossy, it's located in Jouy-Les-Reims, owned and operated by Sophie Cossy. 

Where to sleep

Appart'City bedroom Reims Centre des Expositions
Appart'City bedroom Reims Centre des Expositions

Although Reims is a small city, hotels can be expensive in the downtown core. You can avoid big brands and go for an apartment hotel. Appart'City has two locations in Reims. One in the city centre and another one in the Parc des Expositions.

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