Reims is the epitome of sophistication and charisma. Outstanding, otherworldly architecture intermingles with charming boulevards and charismatic French cafes. In typical French fashion, Reim’s principal emphasis is fine food. This passion is most prevalent in the plethora of Michelin starred restaurants that pepper the centre, all of which serve indulgent bottles of Champagne harvested in the local area. Connoisseurs of the decadent drink will delight in Reims’ proximity to the Montagne de Reims Champagne Route, considered one of the world’s finest collections of vineyards; sample a chilled glass in one of Reims’ bars, establishments whose other area of expertise is impossibly chic décor.
The ecclesiastical extravagance of Reim’s Cathedrale Norte Dame is a vision that is impossible to overemphasise. Religious resplendence combines with regal majesty upon the gold and jewel encrusted façade of this architectural feast. Fabulous flamboyance is at the essence of this sacred structure, whose interior continues to deliver decadent delights; a grandiose and Gothic organ provides a stylish centre piece while a prismatic spectrum of stained glass windows and impressive altar decorate the cathedral like glistening glace cherries.
Within the former residence of an archbishop, the Palais du Tau Museum presents an exquisite collection of artefacts that relate to the hedonistic history of Reims. Intriguing items are displayed in order to document a prosperous past in which bounteous banquets were a frequent occurrence, In the opulent Great Hall, rich tapestries prove to be decorative documents of the past.
Reims boasts a staggering four Michelin starred restaurants, all of which draw influence from both the bounteous surroundings and decadent culture of the city. An exquisite eatery whose rich and regal menu provokes both inspiration and imagination is Le Millenaire, a restaurant as decadent as its name suggests. A signature speciality that simply must be sampled is the roasted sea bass with truffle shavings and champagne sauce. (4-6 Rue Bertin, Reims, France)