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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.

restaurants

Brasserie du Boulingrin

Most of the patrons at Brasserie du Boulingrin are locals, which is very reassuring in foodie terms. Built in 1925, Brasserie du Boulingrin remains a true classic, serving traditional French fare and specialising in meat and fish. This Parisian-style brasserie has extra fizz with 10,000 bottles of champagne to choose from.

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 View Map ... rue de Mars 48, Reims, France
Brasserie Flo Reims

Housed in a central Reims mansion, Brasserie Flo offers a wide range of traditional brasserie fare. It specialises in fresh seafood and the chateaubriand is exceptional. It is also the premier spot for a late night romantic dinner or an after hours glass of champagne. Make sure you book a table on the terrace (on a warm day) and you will be rewarded with a beautiful evening out.

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 View Map ... 96, Place Drouet d’erlon, Reims, France
Chatueau de la Crayers

This is an exquisite restaurant situated in the heart of Reims in the grounds of a luxury chateau. It is surrounded by a beautifully groomed 17-acre green park and has an extensive champagne and wine menu that in itself is worth the visit. The upmarket dining room is a great place to celebrate a special occasion, or alternatively pop in to enjoy a vintage Dom Perignon at the charming bar.

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 View Map ... 64 bd Henry Vasnier F - Reims, France
Le Millenaire

For a classy lunch in the heart of Reims, slide into Le Millenaire, a Michelin-starred restaurant just off Place Royal. Its traditional setting is elegant and classy but it manages to retain a humble ambience. It has an extensive wine list including a range of bubbly from the region – the perfect accompaniment to roasted lobster, a house specialty.

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 View Map ... 4 rue Bertin, 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