Located in the heart of the scenic French Alps, Grenoble has a climate of extremes. In the summer it can get very hot, and in the winter it snows heavily. For these reasons, it makes an ideal spot for a summer holiday or a ski holiday. It’s also a good destination for an activity break, with lush landscape and mountainous regions ideal for walking and, of course, climbing. That’s not to say it’s a quiet rural town. Grenoble is a cosmopolitan city with great restaurants and, as a popular student destination, it’s equally renowned for its nightlife.
Plan for a great night out
Crossed by two rivers and surrounded on all sides by mountain ranges, wherever you are in the city, you’ll probably have a great view, so why not start your evening with an aperitif at one of the many outdoor cafes on the main square, Place Grenette, with its ancient fountain. For dinner, you’ll find authentic French food at Café de l’Europe, home to some of the best cuisine in town. The Guide Du Dahu, which you can pick up cheaply at most newsagents, will let you know everything you could possibly need to know about eating in Grenoble. Once you’ve had your fill, it’s time to party and there’s plenty of that to be had. If you like loud rock music then The London Pub will be right up your street with two levels of international music and good deals on drinks. For something more quirky,
is an old-style ‘pirate’ bar specialising in rum. When it comes to clubs, you’ve plenty of choice there too, but the two big hotspots are L’Arkange and Le Vertigo. The latter flies in big name DJs from all over Europe. Older revellers will be attracted to The Dotty Night
with its focus on music from the 70s and 80s.
On the piste or seeing the sights
If you need to clear your head the next day, hit the ski slopes. You’ll have plenty of eating opportunities up here too, such as the Auberge De l’Alpette. Try their famous bilberry pie. Of course, if you’re travelling to the ski resorts, then a hire car is recommended. Alternatively, if that seems a little too much effort after your night out, there’s plenty to see around town. Museums include the Grenoble Art Museum, the Dauphinois Museum and the Old Bishop’s Palace Museum. The historical Rue de Bonne is worth seeing as the location where Napoleon entered the city in 1815 at the beginning of The Hundred Days War. Take a ride on the Grenoble-Bastille (also known as ‘the bubbles’) for spectacular views over the city and the surrounding areas. The panorama from the top is simply stunning. For foodies, on Tuesdays and Sundays, there’s an interesting farmers market at Place de Herbes. If the weather is inclement, there’s a covered market on the same days at Halle Sainte-Clair and rue Auguste Gaché.