A bridge crossing over the Nantes Brest Canal in France
Brest is a city of innovation, and the Pont de l'lroise is one of the most forward-thinking structures here. The striking cable bridge connects Pointe Sainte Barbe and Le Cap. Grab your camera before dusk and find yourself a spot on the adjacent Plougastel Bridge for the best views as the sun goes down over the Elorn River.
View of the Chateau de Brest old castle in Brest, France
Head to the Musee National de la Marine to explore the history that shaped modern-day Brest with France cruises. Housed in Chateau de Brest, the oldest building in the city, it's the perfect place for history buffs to learn about the city's developments of the port and its involvement in World War II.
You can't stop in Brest without a visit to Oceanopolis, the only ocean discovery center in Europe. Explore the Polar, Temperate and Tropical pavilions, and lay eyes on over 10,000 species of plants and over 1,000 animal species. Or gaze up at sharks in the massive shark tank that holds a million liters of water.
In Brest, you'll find plenty of traditional French cuisine, but the region is best known for its crepes — specifically, crepes made with strawberries and Chantilly cream. Plougastel, where the best strawberries in France grow, is only minutes away. If you're more for savory than sweet, try a kig ha farz, a pudding of meat broth and buckwheat, or a molene sausage.
For shopping, head to Rue de Siam and Rue Jean Jaures, the high streets in town. Brick boutiques and stores line the busy road, offering selections of clothing and jewelry — look for items featuring Celtic designs, reflecting the ancient roots of Brittany. If you're looking to stock your pantry with local products, Roi de Bretagne department store is the place to do it.
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