Right now, are you in Saint-Étienne for the most comprehensive design event of the city? An entire month of the Biennale Internationale’s exhibitions, conferences, workshops and so much more scattered all over the city. It’s the perfect opportunity to visit Saint-Étienne and immerse yourself in the original French atmosphere. This SAINT-ÉTIENNE DESIGN GUIDE will guide you to characteristic design places: you will live and breath the heritage left from the 19th and 20th centuries. As a member of UNESCO Creative City Network, the city displays everywhere its creative, sense of cooperation and attention to diversity. What are you waiting for?
WHERE TO STAY
HOTEL DU GOLF
Strategically situated near all the major design events, the Hotel du Golf is the best choice if you want to navigate the city during the Biennale Internationale. The 48 rooms, renovated according to the Saint-Étienne’s dynamic design, display an audacious combination of pink leather and black glass. And if you aren’t quite ready to relax and chill out in the pool, it offers conference rooms that will cater to every taste. A must go-to place in our SAINT-ÉTIENNE DESIGN GUIDE.
WHERE TO EAT
LES ATELIERS WEISS
This is the most prolific region for chocolate production and you can’t really miss some sweet delicacy from a forerunner company in the luxury chocolate trade. Founded in 1882 by Eugène Weiss, Les Ateliers Weiss is a unique place where chocolate, culture, and gastronomy coexist together to serve not products, but experiences. And if you want, you can have a lunch prepared by the two-Michelin-star chef Christophe Roure.
A LA TABLE DES LYS
Renowned for being one of the best gourmet restaurants of Saint-Étienne, A la Table des Lys will be the ideal setting for your fancy and elegant dinner. The contemporary and refined décor is the ideal background to the Chef de cuisine, Marc Lecroisey.
WHAT TO SEE
This installation deserves a place in the SAINT-ÉTIENNE DESIGN GUIDE: the artist, Nathalie Talec designed this shelter after being inspired by the architect Le Corbusier and his modules. She reinvented the notion of shelter and space inhabited by human: a simple concept with minimal elements – staircase, table, chair, bed – that come alive thanks to work of the neon lamps.
The MAMC –Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain is internationally known all over the world. The numbers are impressive: over 20,000 art pieces for a huge space of 3,000 sq. A lighting design, inspired by the characteristic architecture, intensifies its symbolic cultural presence in the city of Saint-Étienne.
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