You’ll quickly realise why Troyes is considered one of France’s most romantic and beautiful towns, as this historic commune is dotted with half-timbered houses, Gothic churches and charming coffee shops. Troyes’ modern side reveals numerous outlet stores, fine-art museums and immaculate city parks.
Things to do in Troyes
If you love historic French architecture, make a beeline for the iconic Troyes Cathedral, which took about 400 years to build. It was certainly worth the wait, with its gorgeous stained-glass windows, intricate Gothic facade and priceless sculptures. Wander a few minutes to the west to reach the Basilique Saint-Urbain de Troyes, another mesmerising Gothic church built between the 13th and 20th centuries.
Do you enjoy admiring French artwork? Visit the esteemed Musée d'art moderne de Troyes, housed in a former bishop’s palace. Inside you’ll find treasures paintings and sculptures created by famous artists, such as Edgar Degas and Henri Matisse. Afterwards, head to the Musée des beaux-arts de Troyes for a collection of art displays and historic artefacts.
When you need a break from the town’s streets, visit Mills Park, where you can lose yourself among manicured lawns, native trees, tranquil waterways and shaded walking paths. If you prefer to watch a show, tick off the Théâtre de La Madeleine, which hosts cabarets, plays and musicals.
Get some retail therapy at the outlet stores at McArthurGlen Troyes, a large shopping mall where you can browse brand-name clothes at Nike, Lacoste and Mango. Alternatively, stay in the city centre and duck into a range of shops, including H&M, Pimkie and Jennyfer. You can grab a drink afterwards at Les Cabaretiers.
Getting around Troyes
You can catch a train to Troyes from Paris, which stops at Gare de Troyes, or catch long-distance buses to the same train station. Troyes is also serviced by public buses, but the town centre is easily explored on foot.