Honfleur is built around a picturesque historic harbour and laced with cobblestone streets. Strolling around the city, it’s easy to see how Honfleur captivated artists like Boudin and Monet in the 19th century. There are excellent museums and galleries to visit and a flourishing culinary scene to discover.
Things to do in Honfleur
The Vieux-Bassin, also known as the Old Harbour, is the heart and soul of the city. Lined with historic townhouses, it has inspired a string of artists over the centuries, including masters like Monet and Boudin. Stroll along the waterfront and take a spin on the vintage carousel.
Musée Eugène Boudin celebrates the rich artistic heritage of Honfleur. In addition to works by the famous French impressionist, you can admire masterpieces by Monet, Dubourg and Dufy.
Despite its popularity with holidaymakers, Honfleur remains a bustling fishing port. Walk down to Marché au Poisson to chat with local fishmongers and admire the catches of the day. Many local restaurants source their fish from this bustling market.
Église Ste-Catherine towers over the city and is one of the largest wooden churches in France. Inside, the double-vaulted roof conjures images of a ship’s hull. You’re welcome to light a candle at the altar and attend public services held at the centuries-old church.
From casual bistros to Michelin-starred restaurants, the culinary scene in Honfleur is incredible. Try Norman delicacies like “moules mariniere” mussels in white wine and chicken cooked with brandy, apples, onions and cream. Wash down your meal with a glass of Calvados, a local brandy made from Normandy apples.
Getting around Honfleur
Honfleur is located in Normandy, a 30-minute drive from Le Havre and 2.5 hours from Paris. Trains run between Paris and Deauville in around 2.5 hours. From here, it’s a 25-minute bus ride to Honfleur. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is a 2.5-hour drive away.