June 6, 2023


Angoulême was the star of Wes Anderson’s model new masterpiece, ‘The French Dispatch.’ He visited the town in 2018 and it’s straightforward to see why he fell in love with the town, from the sloping streets, winding staircases and small squares, to the city corridor and the beautiful Romanesque cathedral. I’m an enormous fan of comics so I couldn’t move on the possibility to go to Angoulême, the worldwide capital of comics and a designated artistic metropolis by UNESCO. Only a 40 minute experience on the TGV from Bordeaux, the town performs host to the Worldwide Comics Pageant, is house to the Museum of Comics which has the most important library in Europe for comics and all the road indicators are within the form of cartoon bubbles plus there’s a route you possibly can observe the place you will see comedian artwork splashed throughout the partitions. This metropolis lives and breathes comics! Within the following weblog submit, I’ve outlined the most effective issues to do in Angoulême.

Issues to do in Angouleme

1.Go to the native market – Halles d’Angouleme

The quaint, outdated coated market corridor in Angoulême is the epicentre of culinary delights, uncover some nice recent native produce and really feel the heartbeat of the area’s phenomenal gastronomic scene. There’s one thing right here to fulfill the palate of each meals fanatic, from natural greens, recent seafood, essentially the most aromatic scrumptious cheeses, delicacies like foie gras, pâtè and duck magret and a lot extra. Keep in mind to search for and admire the structure – a mix of forged iron, glass and iron within the Baltard type, made to make sure the creation of a light-filled, ethereal house. 


2.  Museum of Angoulême

Situated slap bang in Sq. Girard II, rubbing shoulders with the towering Angoulême Cathedral, is the Museum of Angoulême. A stable rectangle of a constructing, the museum is accredited to the Musée de France and is the repository of artwork, ethnographical (Africa and the Pacific being nicely represented) and most significantly archaeological collections. In 1838 François Ringuet donated ten footage to the town and these shaped the nucleus round which the museum was constructed. In 1920 the museum was shifted to its erstwhile location within the former rooms of the Bishop of Angoulême.  Some issues of magnificence to look out for within the museum embrace the seventeenth century artwork assortment from the Netherlands, beautiful stained glass home windows and ethnographic collections from Africa and Oceania. However the jewel in Angoulême’s crown is the Casque d’Agris – a surprising ceremonial Celtic helmet courting from 500 BC. Iron and bronze are gilded fantastically collectively together with gold and coral. Delicate Celtic designs and motifs grace the outside. Present in a cave close to Angoulême within the 1980’s, the helmet is a miracle of reconstruction and a Celtic masterpiece. 

Tackle: Sq. Girard II, Rue Corneille, 16000 Angoulême, France

Value: €5 for adults. 

3. Musée de la Bande Dessinée 

The Musée de la Bande Dessinée is a considered one of a sort artwork museum devoted to the event and show of the Ninth Artwork – the artwork of comics. The gathering, the most important in Europe has over 8,000 unique drawings, 250,000 magazines and comedian books and this makes it the most important comedian ebook library in Europe. Within the museums assortment French language and American comics are very nicely represented. An area referred to as my little museum allows youngsters to find the enjoyable of comics by interactive video games, costumes, studying and rather more. Consider this museum because the Louvre for comics – and better of all – it’s utterly free to make use of. A day spent studying comics – what may very well be higher?

TackleQuai de la Charente, 16000 Angoulême, France

Value: Tickets price €7 for adults and €3 for youngsters between age of 10 and 18.  Guests have free entry to the Vaisseau Mœbius exhibitions , library whereas on the first Sunday of every month there may be the potential for free self-guided or guided visits (besides July and August).

4.  Musée du Papier

Angoulême has a protracted drawn historical past with the artwork of paper manufacture and the Musée du Papier is likely one of the abiding reminders of an business, now waning and really fizzling out. Located on the river Charente, a plentiful and fixed provide of water was the rationale for the flourishing of this business in Angoulême. It’s fascinating to view the displays of outdated equipment used within the mill and the historical past of paper manufacture in Angoulême. From cigarette paper, writing paper, vellum and parchment – the superb and complex technique of paper manufacture is fascinating. 

Tackle: 134 Rue de Bordeaux, 16000 Angoulême, France 

Value : Tickets costs are €3 for adults, €2 decreased worth and it’s free each 1st Sunday of the month

5.  Angoulême City Corridor

The Angoulême City Corridor resides within the remnants of a earlier opulent medieval fort. Two towers of the outdated fort, a polygonal dungeon constructed by Lusignan and a spherical tower often called the Tower of Valois have survived by the ages, and the remainder of the City Corridor consists of a mishmash of Renaissance-Classical-Medieval structure, offering an uncommon flavour to the complicated. When Paul Abadie (junior and senior) redesigned the constructing round 1840, they developed upon a grandiose design – creating the opulent staircase and grand ballroom. The City Corridor’s complicated and eye catching design have caught the creativeness of movie administrators like Wes Anderson. A number of the scenes from the transfer ‘French Dispatch’ have been filmed right here. 

Guided excursions of the city corridor and obtainable on request and begin from €8- Ebook your tour here

7. Angouleme Cathedral

Angoulême Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Church constructed within the grand Romanesque type. The Cathedral is devoted to St Pierre. The detailed exterior is embellished with over 40 sculptures depicting scenes from both The Ascension or The Final Judgement. For all sculpture lovers it’s worthwhile spending a while to watch the tales they inform. The aid work depicts Christ, gloriously framed in a mandorla, an almond formed crescent including emphasis to his determine, attribute of Romanesque and Byzantine artwork. The Cathedral prominently incorporates a rounded Dome, paying homage to the Orient and two bell towers. The western facade catches the sunshine in the direction of the fag finish of the day, and the stone constructing glows up – nearly honey colored, highlighting its intricate sculptures. The inside of the church incorporates a cruciform sample and a protracted aisle-less nave. The Cathedral constructed within the twelfth century has gone reconstruction at many phases of its life, giving rise to a number of domes, towers and chapels. 


8. Terra Aventura path Zegraff” (free app in English)

Zegraff is a free app – a Terra Aventura path associated to geocaching. This can be a treasure hunt of types, utilizing GPS co ordinates. While you’re on the treasure hunt, it’s potential to find the sights and sounds of the town, an exquisite and modern tourism initiative. The app is free to obtain on a smartphone.

Make your personal tasty salad: Au Jardin

The place to eat in Angoulême

I liked consuming at Au Jardin – all the things right here is ready with recent seasonal, native and natural merchandise. The each day menu all the time has a soup of the day, (€4.50) a each day dish of the day, or you possibly can create your personal salad from €10.20) with a wide range of components starting from walnuts, chorizo, chickpeas, beetroot, mushrooms, tuna and  salmon with possibility of getting them in a toasted wrap. In addition they provide some very nice home made desserts, starting from recent fruit salads to carrot or chocolate cake and creme brûlée (costs ranging from €4.50).

Afterwards, drop by Zezette et Marcel for his or her scrumptious gourmand espresso and a pleasant vary of desserts and artisan goodies.


This submit is the third in a sequence of options the place I share with you some concepts and inspiration for visiting the area of Nouvelle Aquitaine, particularly the cities of Bordeaux, Angoulême, Cognac and La Rochelle. These guides and journey was made potential with the type help of Nouvelle Aquitaine Tourisme and Atout France however the views expressed right here, good and dangerous are totally my very own.