One of several high quality museums in a city that isn't known particularly for art and culture (but probably should be); the Musée de Grenoble is one of the best collections of art outside Paris in the whole country. The 20th century collections are especially impressive, and it attracts some of France's best touring exhibitions.
5 Place de Lavalette, Grenoble.
Two minutes from the Notre Dame-Musée - line B from the main train station.
Lyon may (perhaps justly) lay claim to be France's gastronomic capital but the mountain city of Grenoble has a clutch of fantastic restaurants. Perhaps the best, and certainly the most unusual, is Tete a l'Envers. Located on a dark street near the river and art museum, Tete a l'Envers looks like someone's dining room. With few tables and no concessions made to trendy decor, it is the kind of intimate place you dream of stumbling upon. The friendly proprietor-and-chef cooks only three dishes a day but uses the finest quality ingredients to create a meal you'll never forget. At Tete a l'Envers, you have to get all three courses (it isn't obligatory, but, trust me, you'd be missing out): the starter comes as a sharing platter and varies hugely from day to day. A range of unusual but extremely tasty flavour combinations are presented for your degustation (think small-scale Heston Blumenthal), ranging from curried gnocchi to aubergine chocolate brownies to salad with balsamic vinegar sorbet. Next is the main course, meat or fish with a range of innovatively spiced vegetables; and finally desert - five unusual takes on traditional cakes and puddings, if you can guess the ingredients then you get a free coffee (but in all honesty, it is highly unlikely that you will). This is a meal that should be savoured and may last several hours, accompanied by a stellar wine list and finished with complimentary gourmet rum. It is not the cheapest meal you will ever have but considering what you get it offers absolutely superb value for money.
Rue Chenoise, Grenoble, 38000 Isere, France. Nearest tram stop: Notre Dame-Musée, 30 seconds walk - line B from the main train station.
The St Laurent bridge connects the city centre of Grenoble to La Tronche - Grenoble's oldest district. This iron chain bridge is closed to cars and is a great place to take pictures of the famous "Bulles".
It's also the starting point for those who choose to take the arduous 45 minute walk up to La Bastille.
Follow the "Telepherique" signs, go past the cable car station, walk beside the Isere river for about 15 minutes and you'll see the bridge in front of you.
The cathedral of Our Lady looks rather plain from the outside as it doesn't have the spires or the gothic façade which make it resemble a cathedral, but don't be put off by this - inside there are magnificent chapels with colourful and striking paintings and altars.
Cathedrale de Notre Dame is a 20 min walk from the train station
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