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Bouffay District


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Heart of the medieval town

An historic district. An emblematic district. A tourist-friendly district. A district filled with shops, bars and restaurants. A lively district. Both day and night.

Despite imposing shadow and rich histories — making both of them essential stops on any trip to Nantes — the cathédrale and the château are merely the neighbourhood's flagship sights. “le Bouffay”, as the locals call it, is also the web of labyrinthine streets making up medieval Nantes — a part of the city that has survived the centuries, where you’ll love getting lost and discovering the unexpected. Indeed, traces of the middle ages remain visible on its timber-framed façades — including the one hiding la maison de la poésie in place du change — or on its stone buildings. As you pass through the gate known as porte saint-pierre, you’ll catch a glimpse of the old fortified city. Not far from this unique doorway is place Maréchal-Foch, aka “place louis- xvi”, since the column presiding in the centre dates back to 1790 and bears one of the rare statues of Louis XVI still visible in France. Today, “le Bouffay” is alive and kicking. By day, with its shops and boutiques. By night, with its restaurants and bars. Here, you can stroll around, dance, eat, meet up with friends... And you can even hide. Want proof? Look no further than the garden of la Psalette. Lying in the shade of the cathedral, this square built around a former 15th century mansion is one of Nantes' best-kept secrets.

Discover the revisited LVAN signs in this district.

For a guided tour, consider our audio guides!


Pass Nantes

Le Voyage à Nantes - Le Château des ducs de Bretagne | Musée d'histoire de Nantes

At the castle, fall under the spell of five centuries of medieval history…

Travel through history without leaving the heart of Nantes!

Paysage Glissé
Contemporary Art
château des ducs de Bretagne

Tact Architectes et Tangui Robert

Accessible for the last time as part of the 2021 edition of Le Voyage à Nantes.
Philippe Ramette, Éloge du pas de côté, Place du Bouffay, Nantes
Contemporary Art

Philippe Ramette

Philippe Ramette’s work offers off-kilter and quirky perspectives on the world. Returning to the codes of classical...

Evor, Jungle intérieure, Passage Bouchaud, Nantes
Contemporary Art

Hanging Gardens

The artist Evor’s all-consuming passion for plants has resulted in his creation of a hanging garden in the tiny...

Le Voyage à Nantes
Contemporary Art
Galeries Lafayette

Cécile Bart

Eight hanging translucent “painting-screens” play with oblique angles, perspectives, and colours. The variation of...

Contemporary Art


Covered in an array of lucky charms, this “good genie” has vowed to protect the boutique and surrounding streets

Aire de jeux
Park and garden
Square Élisa Mercœur

Kinya Maruyama

Between the rhinoceros heads and a dragon’s gaze, children will discover places to jump, play and go on to invent...

Miroir d'eau devant le château des ducs et le tramway, Nantes
Park and garden

In front of the castle of the dukes of Brittany


After one year of work, the "Miroir d'eau" was put into service on 5 September 2015.

Galeries Lafayette Nantes Cecile Bart

Department store

Galeries Lafayette sells more than 300 great labels.


5 centuries of existence, a jewel of Nantes


New collection of 3000 historic objects


Exhibition space

Quartier Bouffay

The tracks of the Middle Ages are district of Bouffay


The cathedral and its crypts are inaccessible following the fire of July 2020.