A stay in Reims would not be complete without educating yourself about the famous sparkling nectar. Visit one of the many champagne houses based in Reims. Pay a visit to Pommery’s cellars that contain some of the most spectacular chalk carvings in the whole of champagne. Mumm is worth visiting too. The company has recently updated its tour and includes a museum area featuring old tools of the trade.
Les Crayères sits right across from Pommery Champagne house in Reims. The café - Le Parc - has the most beautiful patio seating in the summer. Visit the expensive brasserie for a drink and another culinary voyage around great classic dishes from the Champagne area and around. There is a vast wine and champagne selection and the bar is another treat with its relaxed interior.
Look out for the La Petite Friande Chocolatier on the Cours Jean-Baptiste Langlet, which serves local chocolate and sweet specialities including Bouchon de chocolat au Marc de Champagne and Bulle a la Vieille Fine de la Marne (cork-shaped and bubble-shaped chocolate with champagne liqueur).
The most common ways to reach Reims is to fly to Paris. There are two airports you can arrive at when flying to Paris: The most convenient is Charles de Gaulle (CDG) international airport which is directly connected by train to Reims and only 30 minutes away. The train departs from CDG 2 train station. It is recommended to book your ticket in advance. The second airport is Orly international airport (ORY) and then travel to Gare de l’est (Paris-East train station) where you can catch the train to Reims. Reims is located 45 mins from gare de l’est.
Reims can easily be discovered by foot, but one of the best and most inexpensive ways to get about Reims is to buy a daily bus ticket. Tickets are available from the Office de Tourisme de Reims on boulevard Général Leclerc, and when boarding buses. Timetables and direction information is displayed prominently on all buses and bus stops.