port city in the Finistère department, Brittany, France
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Brest is a city on the west Atlantic coast of France. It has a long history of navigation. There are very large tides here.

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Map of Brest (France)

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Brittany Ferries operates a daily route between Plymouth (England) and Roscoff (about 55 km to Brest) and a weekly route between Cork (Ireland) and Roscoff.

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The SNCF provides TGV route to Paris (8/day) and regional trains routes to Saint-Brieuc and Rennes or Quimper, Lorient, Vannes and Nantes.

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Brest is linked with Saint-Brieuc and Rennes (N12) and also Quimper, Lorient, Vannes and Nantes (N165) by toll-free divided highways.

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  • Océanopolis, +33 298 34 40 40. This giant aquarium has 3 thematic pavilions (polar, tropical and temperate) that offers a discovery of the world's oceans. Located at the Moulin Blanc port.
  • 1 Brest Castle (Château de Brest), +33 298 22 12 39. The houses the Navy Museum, which has a collection of craft models, paintings and sculptures.    
  • The Tanguy Tower [1], located near the Recouvrance bridge, houses a permanent exhibition on the history of the town.
  • Art gallery, 24 rue Traverse. Phone: +33 298 00 87 96.
  • The Vallon du Stang Alar houses a famous botanic garden and greenhouses.
  • Ateliers des Capucins, 25 Rue de Pontaniou. Les Ateliers des Capucins is the biggest covered public square in Europe.

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  • Football: Stade Brestois 29 play soccer in Ligue 1, the top tier in France. Their home ground Stade Francis-Le Blé (capacity 16,000) is 2 km northeast of city centre.

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All these are in the city centre:

  • 1 Nectar'In, 43 Rue d'Aiguillon.
  • 2 Les Maraichers, 7 Rue J-B Boussingault.
  • 3 Crêperie Les Cocottes, 34 Rue Jean Macé. Savory crêpes.
  • 4 Nachos - Fajita, burrito, tacos, bowl, 12 Pl. de la Liberté.
  • 5 Crêperie Saint Michel Mr Philippe Pasquier, 53 Rue Yves Collet.
  • 6 La Cantoche, 51 Rue de la Porte.
  • 7 New School Tacos, 4 Rue de Glasgow.

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  • 8 Chez Zaza, 5 Rue Coat ar Gueven.
  • 9 Restaurant Les P'tites Recettes, 40 Rue du Château.
  • 10 Restaurant Chez Coco, Port de commerce, 38 Quai de la Douane.
  • 11 Le Coup de Fourchette, 21 Rue de Lyon. French cuisine
  • 12 L'Atelier Gourmand, 33 Rue Navarin. French cuisine

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  • 13 Le M, 22 Rue du Commandant Drogou.

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The Blind Piper Pub is one of many Irish pubs in Brest. It's located in the block southwest of the Liberté square. They serve their Kilkenny fresh, with the expected Irish pub ambience.

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As of June 2022, Brest has 5G with all French carriers.

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