Rennes, a city in north-western France, is the capital of the Brittany region as well as the Ille-et-Vilaine department. It has a long history due to its location at the confluence of the Ille and the Vilaine rivers. With about 220,000 inhabitants, Rennes has virtually the same population as its sister city, Rochester, NY. According to the 2010 census, Rennes is the third fastest-growing metropolitan area in France. The city’s residents are known as Rennais. There are many museums, fine art galleries, churches and cathedrals, historical buildings, parks, and shopping opportunities to please anyone who visits this beautiful city.

Some places in the city center

  • Rue d'Orléans and Rue le Bastard are two streets linking Place de la République to Place Sainte-Anne through Place de la Mairie. There are stores everywhere for everything.
  • Rue Saint-Georges has several crêperies and restaurants. This street has a certain olde world charm.
  • Rue Saint-Malo with some nice "around the world" restaurants.

One can get to these places on foot from Place de la République or Place Sainte-Anne. There is a metro station at Place Sainte-Anne.


Brittany is famous for its crêpes. There are many good crêperies in Rennes. Here are some of them:

  • Crêperie Saint-Georges, 11, Rue du Chapitre, 35000 Rennes, Tel: +33 (0) 2 99 38 87 04.
  • Crêperie Sainte-Anne, 5, Place Sainte-Anne, 35000 Rennes (Metro Sainte-Anne), +33 (0) 2 99 79 22 72.
  • Crêperie de la Place, 6, Place Sainte-Anne 35000 Rennes (Metro Sainte-Anne), +33 (0) 2 99 79 01 43.

Rennes by bus and metro

Rennes has a public transport system called Star. Single trip tickets cost 1.4€ and are valid for 1 hour after stamping.

There is only one metro line. Some metro stops: Train station (Gare SNCF), Place de la République and Place Sainte-Anne.

The map of the metro and bus lines can be downloaded here.

A detailed map of the city can be found at the stand of Star at the train station.

Useful links


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