Voted the most pleasant city in France in 2004, Nantes is half an hour from the coast and a city whose cultural energy is wildly contagious. In this city that is like no other, thanks to the cultural offer, everyone should be able to find what he’s looking for. In addition, skaters love Nantes because of the diversity of the spots. This week, Sylvain, from the Nantes’ Volcom Store, serves us the must-go places in the area.
Where to eat?
Do you consider Nantes in Brittany, yes or no, that's a whole other debate. But what is certain is that even in Nantes, you can eat good pancake. The Creperie Jaune offers excellent buckwheat pancakes made with the greatest respect for the manufacture of artisanal pancakes. On top of that, all is home cooked with fresh and quality products.
But one thing we are sure of is that if you love burgers, then here’s a good place where to eat some: The Dubrown. The burgers are deliciously prepared and the fries are homemade. Try to keep a small space for dessert because their cheesecake is to die for.
Maybe you are looking for a slightly more gourmet cuisine in an authentic atmosphere? Le Fou du Roi will please you. Walls are made with old stones and there is an overlooking the castle. A really cute and charming place!
Have a drink and listen to music?
At first sight, you can be surprised by the early 70's old bistro interior and even more by the giant Playmobils all over the place. But we guess that it’s this quirky spirit that makes Le bar du Coin such a dynamic place, quite trendy and very popular. Not to mention that the boss, passionate about board sports, won't hesitate to install a ramp to skate occasionally. For sure nothing we have against.
To continue the evening, this happens at the Lieu Unique. Located in an old bakery, this is an internationally recognized scene set where you can explore some different artistic events. Over a year, there was more than a hundred concerts, more than 200 exhibitions, 5 festivals and nearly 50 conferences that took place here.
No doubt that the BPM is the perfect place to fill out your Sunday afternoon. B as Barbecue, P for Park, M for Music. As simple as that! Indeed, there is nothing like a Barbecue Party for a relaxing afternoon on a Sunday. With vast lawns, shady trees on the banks of the Loire, the park is the perfect spot to come dance or just relax after the previous evening. Just add music to the sauce with DJs and the Humanit'Art Trickart team, you'll get to experience some of the most bouncy tunes.
Where to skate?
Nantes has a skatepark in the city center near the hospital; skaters call this spot "Hotel Dieu". This skatepark is THE place to go for skateboarders, they’ll always meet here and often go on to skate other spots in the city. Not far, the spot of the Nefs is prized for its perfect floor along the Loire with little traffic and plenty of opportunities. For a more technical session, skaters will go towards Republique or Vincent Gâche, where the city of Nantes has worked with an architect and several skateboarders to build places to live and skate. There is also the Hangar with a large indoor skatepark which is perfect for rainy days or a cold winter day !
Then last but not least –Take a ride through the Volcom Store of Nantes and update your wardrobe with some of the season’s new arrivals.
La Creperie Jaune 1 rue des Echevins, Nantes
Le Fou du Roi 2 Rue Premion, 44000, Nantes
The Dubrown 12 Rue Saint-Léonard, 44000 Nantes
Le bar du Coin 21 Rue de la Juiverie, 44000 Nantes
Le Cercle Rouge 27 Rue des Carmes, 44000 Nantes
Lieu Unique 2 Quai Ferdinand Favre, 44000 Nantes
BPM: Barbecue / Park / Music Parc du Crapa, Rue du Pré Salé Nantes, 44200 France
Stereolux 4,bd Léon-Bureau, 44200 Nantes
Hotel Dieu Place Alexis-Ricordeau, 44000 Nantes
Nefs Rue La Noue Bras de Fer, 44200 Nantes
Republique Place de la République, 44000 Nantes
Vincent Gâche Boulevard Vincent Gâche, 44200 Nantes
Le Hangar 9, Allée des Vinaigriers - Prairie de Mauves, 44300 Nantes
Volcom Store Nantes 15 Rue Rubens, 44000 Nantes