My Favourite Things To Do in Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne

things to do in clermont-ferrand

things to do in clermont-ferrand

After a year of living as an expat in Clermont-Ferrand (editor’s note: this post was written in 2012, I have since relocated to Montreal) and despite the daily challenges it implies, I find myself loving the feeling of having a selection of places I happily visit on a regular basis, where I’ve come to know exactly what to expect. Whether it’s shopping, drinking, eating or simply hanging out, here are my personal favourite things to do in Clermont-Ferrand, which might come in handy during your next visit.

Things To Do in Clermont-Ferrand

Things To Do in Clermont-Ferrand

  • Grab a chocolate croissant at La chaumière 4 rue Saint-Dominique
  • Have al fresco coffee at Australian Coffee House 35 Rue Saint-Esprit
  • Get some work done in Jardins Lecoq (free Wi-Fi!) Entrance on boulevard Lafayette
  • Grab a delicious sandwich at Les Moulins de Marie 30 Rue Bonnabaud
  • Go for a hike at Parc de Montjuzet or to Puy-de-Dôme
  • Have drinks with friends at Les Berthom 6 Place Etoile
  • Eat dinner at Los Dos Hermanos 21 Rue Georges Clemenceau

things to do in clermont-ferrand 1Puy-de-Dôme as seen from downtown Clermont-Ferrand

things to do in clermont-ferrand 1View from Place de la Poterne

things to do in clermont-ferrand 1Jardin Lecoq

things to do in clermont-ferrand 1Place de Jaude

things to do in clermont-ferrand 1At the foot of Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption

How’s that for a day in Clermont-Ferrand? I must admit that my daily schedule vaguely resembles this itinerary, except for the exploratory walk and picturesque dinner (however, croissants are, unfortunately for my waistline, a daily occurrence).

Even though I mentioned that Auvergne is sometimes a bit too small for my city girl taste, there is nonetheless lots to see and do for locals and visitors alike.

Clermont-Ferrand: Additional Resources & Day Trip Ideas

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Marie is a native Montrealer trying to balance a deep love for her hometown and an unquenchable thirst for travel and discovery. She has been to more than 36 countries, lived abroad in both France and the U.K., and is always on the lookout for authentic experiences wherever she travels -- especially if it involves chocolate.