Quality Hotel & Suites Nantes Atlantique
27 rue du Chemin Rouge
Phone: (33) 2 40496912
Fax: (33) 2 40496998
The collections by this South of France label offer a vast choice of dresses, skirts, jackets, trousers and tops in a variety of colours and patterns. The stylishness of these simply cut, fashionable clothes attracts women of all ages who want to keep up with recent fashions without appearing out of place. Staff are always on hand to offer invaluable advice and alterations (hems, sleeves) are carried out free of charge. Blouses are available from 350F (EUR 53.43). Other branch: Centre Commercial la Conraie, Orvault Grand Val (+33 2 40 40 19 94)
This is one of the city's largest shopping centres with 40 different shops that include clothes shops, jewellers, several restaurants (everything from a pizzeria and a crêperie to French cuisine), as well as a DIY store, florist's, chemist's, newsagent's, dry cleaners, travel agent and bank. The centre also has an enormous Leclerc supermarket, large covered car park, petrol station and children's play area. The cafeteria dish of the day is available from 40F (EUR 6.10).
This chain store not only sells all kinds of household electrical appliances (from electric razors to washing machines) but also deals in hi-fi, video and multimedia. A large number of makes is available at prices to suit all budgets. Shop staff are always on hand to offer information and advice and after sales service includes quick repairs or replacement of defective goods. Should you find lower prices elsewhere within 30 days of purchase, the store will reimburse the difference. Peugeot electric drills start at 650F (EUR 99.23). Other branches: Zone Commerciale Atout Sud, 1 rue Marc-Elder 44400 Rezé (+33 2 40 04 15 63); Zone Commerciale Atlantis, 44800 Saint-Herblain (+33 2 40 92 36 36)
Conveniently located close to the Jardin des Plantes and the many lively cafés that stay open late along Rue du Maréchal-Joffre, this tiny grocer's stays open late every day of the week. As well as the usual drinks and fresh produce, it sells sandwiches (from 25F or EUR 3.81), chips, sausages and other takeaway food at all hours.
Cast your eye over the shop window of this well-known little boutique and you'll see that it offers a wide range of quality products and the best locally made biscuits, sweets and spirits. In addition to the many varieties of the famous Lefèvre-Utile (better known as LU) biscuits made in Nantes - including their inimitable petit beurre nantais - the shop sells berlingots (humbugs), petits mouzillons (dry Muscadet cakes) and succulent almond cakes. Drinks include BZH aperitif (served chilled) and numerous varieties of Breton beer. Souvenirs and crockery (decorated with a picture of the LU biscuit factory) are also for sale. A bag of humbugs costs 35F (EUR 5.34).
The city's ancient ties to Brittany are celebrated in gourmet fashion by this little boutique. Specialising in sweet and savoury food of the region, the shop offers everything from preserves, smoked fish and sea salt to beautiful boxes of biscuits, cakes and sweets. Drinks include Kenavo (pastis), Chouchen (similar to mead), Muscadet, cider and caramel liqueurs. There is also a range of souvenirs that includes soaps, seaweed products and postcards. A bottle of Muscadet costs from 35F (EUR 5.34), savoury caramels 40F (EUR 6.10).
Over 250 stalls set up shop each morning (except Monday) no matter what the weather. The fishmongers and butchers are inside, while outside are sellers of fruit & veg, cheese and crockery: everything you might need for the kitchen and wardrobe, or indeed for gardening and decorating. Sunday mornings are particularly busy: many people come to taste specialities of the region like oysters, costing around 24F (EUR 3.66) for six, or eels served with a glass or two of Muscadet. Good food and a friendly atmosphere. Though usually closed on Mondays, on public holidays it is open for business.
If you're interested in the Middle Ages and all things Celtic, then this large boutique just next to the Château des Ducs de Bretagne entrance is the place for you. It has postcards, books and Celtic jewellery, as well as traditional Breton products, which include locally made beers, chouchen (honey-based alcohol) and liqueurs. Statues of gnomes and elves straight from Breton legend are also available, as are books on Breton folklore. Postcards start at 5F (EUR 0.76).
Situated not far from the medieval fortress of the dukes of Brittany, the name of this shop (meaning House of Brittany) bears witness to the city's historic ties to the region. The shop stocks earthenware from Quimper and Pornic, table mats of the same design, and a large range of dolls with lace caps. There is also silver jewellery in Celtic designs, figurines and sculptures, pretty thimbles, and of course postcards, flags, badges and stickers all bearing the coat of arms of Nantes or Brittany. Little earthenware models cost from 90F (EUR 13.74), a silver ring from 120F (EUR 18.32).
This shop close to the Prefecture has swiftly established itself as Nantes' largest second-hand clothes store. A must for fancy-dress parties and indispensable for anyone wanting to cultivate that alternative look, the shop has an amazing choice of clothes ranging from seventies disco to roaring twenties. Almost anything goes! Young, fashionable clothing by Kiliwatch, Jnco, Mystic, Diesel, Lois, Dickies, Edwin, ZLK, M.Dia and RWD is available too. A kilo of second-hand clothes costs 150F (EUR 22.90).
This little shop not far from Place du Pilori specializes in new wave electronic music such as techno, dub, indus and jungle. It has a large selection of vinyl records and CDs, including many rare albums. Feel free to ask for help if you're looking for a particular album. You can also listen to albums here before buying them. Expect to pay 79F (EUR 12.06) or more for a CD.
This treasure trove for comic fans is situated in the pedestrianized district of Bouffay. It offers a large choice of new and second-hand comic books, including both recent releases and rare editions. There is also a huge range of posters, lithographs, silk-screen prints, figurines and various other products and games relating to comics. The shop has its own loyalty card. Expect to pay 50F (EUR 7.63) or more for a comic book or 2448F (EUR 373.74) for a Tintin & Snowy figurine.