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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

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Factory Lounge & Club

Factory is a club that will not burst your eardrums as it embraces a low-key, low decibel lounge atmosphere. This fashionable nightclub on Avenue Paris has local and Parisian DJ’s spinning the decks with style. Factory is certainly not a large venue but its lounge vibe makes it feel like a bar rather than a club.

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 View Map ... 87, Avenue Paris, Reims, France
Piper Heidsiecke

Not your standard bar prototype but, when in Reims, a tour of Piper Heidsiecke culminates in a tasting of the champagne at the Piper Heidsiecke bar. The underground cellar tour takes visitors 100 feet below ground and is followed by a ride in a private electric buggy through century-old cellars, with informative commentary. Eventually you will arrive at an opulent champagne bar where you will be treated to various glasses of Piper Heidsiecke. This daytime “bar” experience is a must-do.

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 View Map ... 51 Boulevard Henry Vasnier, Reims, France

what we think

Few other words are so synonymous with celebration and merriment. The city of Reims is mostly about the “bubbly” and tours of the century-old chalk underground cellars of the champagne houses are a must for the hedonist traveller. They range in style from old-world charm to the Disneyland-esque experience of dodgem cars taking visitors on a ride through ancient subterranean cellars. Satisfied your quench for thirst at the champagne houses? There are many other sparkling experiences in this region including the 13th century stained-glass cathedral in Reims and inspiring drives through the Epernay countryside. The French region that gives us the world’s most imitated and luxurious bubbly is about 2 hours’ drive east of Paris, and it makes a fascinating detour for the hedonist traveller