What to see in Annecy, France

When people ask me my favorite place we visited during our trip to France, Annecy is the first that comes to mind and holds some of my fondest memories. The historic part of the city is just spectacular.

The city is breathtaking. It’s walkable with safe streets and great food. It’s a pleasure to weave around in the streets and loose yourself in the beauty.

Here are a few tidbits about my impression of Annecy:

  • It’s known as the “Venice of the Alps” and it’s so true! Every corner you turn, there’s another canal to walk along throughout the city. It’s magical with all of its colored houses, canals and bridges everywhere. You could walk all day and never cross the same path while exploring this lovely city.
  • Everyone we encountered were extremely kind.
  • There was hardly anyone there! Having been to Nice and Aix-en-Provence the days before, Annecy was very sparsely populated. It was a nice change to feel like we had the whole city to ourselves!
  • The weather was splendid being right on the base of the Alps on the Lac’de Annecy (the lake).
  • Since Annecy is right on the lake, you can take a stroll along it’s edge and enjoy the sites of the Alps up above. It’s truly a sight to behold.

We stayed in Annecy for two nights, so it acted as a home base while we explored both Annecy and Chamonix (next post!). We LOVED our Airbnb apartment. It was on a pedestrian shopping street, decorated just our style and it even had a little bakery underneath!

Let me know if you’d like the Airbnb listing link and/or a referral to Airbnb (I’ll get a small credit to fund my next adventure to bring you more tips from my travels!)

Below are two photos of the bakery under our Airbnb. Self checkout stations were in almost all of the bakeries we went to. It was so nice!

While you’re in Annecy, be sure to:

  • Walk around the Jardins of l’europe – gives you a vast look at the lake and beautiful surroundings.
  • Visit Le Palais de I’lle – also known as the Annecy Castle, you’ll be awed by the history this fortress on the water
  • Stroll down the canal pedestrian streets – there are lots of them!
  • Stop in at a local coffee shop
  • Find a cafe to enjoy some food!

Food

  • Little Italy Pizza – The best pizza we’ve ever had. It was within close proximity to our Airbnb, right in the historic center of the city. But, be sure to get there early to get a seat or make sure to make a reservation. As soon as it opened they filled every seat! They also gave a complimentary shot of Limoncello. So nice!
  • Café Bunna –  Cute little coffee shop
  • L’Etage – Good meal in the heart of the historic center. It’s good french food! I had the asparagus risotto and Logan got scallops.
  • Le Bilboquet – Recommended by our Airbnb host. Nice French cuisine, but make reservations.
  • L’Heure Bio – Recommended by our Airbnb host. Great outdoor seating, but make reservations. She said they have great salads.
  • L’Encas bio – Recommended by our Airbnb host. Open for lunch only. Small but nice and colorful meals.
  • L’Auberge de Savoie – Recommended by our Airbnb host for great fish.
  • L’Original – Recommended by our Airbnb host for Sunday brunch.

Stay tuned for the next post, all about our time in Chamonix…high up in the Alps!

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