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“A weekend in”, a serie of articles to discover the beautiful gateways around Paris. 

Deauville. A city by the Atlantic Ocean (a 2 1/2 drive or train ride from Paris – Gare Saint-Lazare) that sounds as dreamy and glamorous as Paris can be for any visitors travelling to France. 

During the Deauville American Film Festival (September 4th, September 13th, 2015), here’s a few tips to discover the twin cities (Deauville and Trouville) like a local (or a Parisian travelling for the weekend with his (her) loved one) The Tourist In has gathered for you and you might even run unto Hollywood movie stars such as Elizabeth Olsen, Robert Pattinso, Orlando Bloom, Keanu Reeves, Ian McKellen, Patricia Clarkson.

What to do if you want to discover Deauville the local way?

Night: The hotels of your dreams

Where to drop your luggage when you arrive? One of the most beautiful hotels of the region.

> Looking for the charming or family experience? Ask for a sea-front view at the Hotel Barrière Normandy (starts at 195€ a night). A must-do: A cocktail (served with amazing pre-dinners) on their seafront terrace in the evening. If your budget is unlimited: a dinner at the hotel restaurant La Belle Epoque is a most romantic moment. Where? 38 Rue Jean Mermoz, 14804 Deauville.

Hotel Barrière Normandy Deauville, by the tourist in paris

> Looking for the true luxury experience? Hôtel Royal Barrière Deauville (starts at 188€), just underwent a renovation and is now more chic than ever. Where? Boulevard Eugène Cornuche, 14800 Deauville.

> Looking for a more countryside experience, an outdoor pool and a golf? Hôtel du Golf Barrière Deauville, (starts at 135€). Where? Le Mont Canisy, 14803 Deauville – Saint-Arnoult

> Looking for a more design hotel (and a bit less expensive) ? Hôtel Les 2 villas, in Trouville (starts at 135€). Where?  25 rue Saint-Germain, 14360 Trouville.

Lunch: The can’t-miss seafood restaurant

Les Vapeurs, by the tourist in paris

Let’s start with the most important thing when you travel to Deauville or Trouville: Fresh seafood. The absolute can’t-miss institution is Les Vapeurs and its plates of mussels with cream and French fries on the harbor of Trouville. You must book in advance. Where? 160 Boulevard Fernand Moureaux, 14360 Trouville-sur-Mer. Book at +33 2 31 88 15 24.

Snack: A typical French pancake

Deauville and its region, Normandy, is famous for its crepes, the French pancakes. The can’t-miss address in the city is on the same square as the Hotel Barrière Normandy. The perfect lunch (salty crepes) or snack. Where? La Licorne, 5 Rue Hoche, 14800 Deauville.

Drink: in the afternoon or the evening

> On pedestrian-only street, Rue du Casino, a quiet square surrounded by French fashion stores (The Kooples, Hermès, Façonnable), enjoy a drink on a sunbathed terrace.

> On a chic and intimate rooftop? Café Marius. Where? 9 Rue Gontaut Biron, 14800 Deauville

Café Marius Deauville, by the tourist in Paris

Dinner: The best local restaurants

You should book in advance at one of these 3 restaurants (less touristy and delicious).

> La Flambée, for grilled seafood and barbecue, and a very nice terrace. Where? 81 Rue du Général Leclerc, 14800 Deauville

> La Cantine de Deauville, a modern brasserie with a creative cuisine. Where? 90 Rue Eugène Colas, 14800 Deauville

> Le Spinnaker, a true chic and gastronomic restaurant. Where? 52 Rue Mirabeau, 14800 Deauville

Party: The local nightclub

Of course you have the famous Planches de Deauville (access by cab, 15 minute ride) but it can be overrated. The true local nightclub is inside the city. Le Chic, 14 Rue Désiré le Hoc, 14800 Deauville.

But also…

Activity with the family

The seaside mini-golf right here is a must-do for the families (and friends).

Charming discoveries

Houses in the region are a must-see. When strolling in the streets of Deauville, you can’t stop looking a the magnificent villas. Here are four houses you shouldn’t miss.

> Breloque Housethe mansion overlooking the sea of Normandy impressionist pioneer and artist Eugène Boudin who made Normandy’s skies famous.

> Villa Strassburger, historic residence built in the early 20th century for Baron Henri de Rothschild, then acquired in 1924 by the American tycoon Strassburger and bequeathed to Deauville by his son in 1980. This remarkable house, listed as a historic monument in 1975 reflects the archetypal manor of the Pays d’Auge, its ground floor built with a mix of chequered-patterned bricks and dressed stone, its upper floor half-timbered.

> The tiny and charming half-timbered house (actually a home deco store) of La Maison. Where? Place du casino, 11, rue Edmond Blanc, 14800 Deauville.

> Also the cute house in which fashion brand Louis Vuitton has established its store. Where? 103 Rue Eugène Colas, 14800 Deauville.

Louis Vuitton Deauville, by the tourist in Paris

Shopping session

Let’s keep talking shopping. It’s as luxury as it gets with the best French and International brands: Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Saint-Laurent, The Kooples, Façonnable, Ralph Lauren, Zadig & Voltaire, Coco Chanel.

> Don’t miss Le Festival des Soldes de Deauville during the third Sunday of July when 400 stores take their goods at cut prices outside, in front of their shops, in the middle of the streets.

The shortest boat ride

For 1,2€, grab a small boat called “Le Bac de Trouville” to reach Trouville from Deauville by the sea and come back: it’s a two-minute ride! But it’s worth it: it spares you the walk (it can be charming though ro reach one twin city from the other by walking along the seaside).

Bac trouille, by the tourist in paris

The local market

For fresh products and a local traditional atmosphere. On the Market place (near the Place Morny), every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday mornings all year round, also on Sundays and bank holidays from 22nd February to 8th November, and every day at the following days : 17/04 > 03/05, 03/07 > 31/08, 16/10 > 01/11, 18/12 > 24/12, 26/12 > 31/12, 02/01 > 03/01/2016.

And…

Don’t forget the must-dos

> A walk on the famous wooden promenade by the sea, the Planches de Deauville (don’t need to stop at the over expensive café by the seafront walk but you can still book a cabanon or a parasol if the weather’s right), a stop at the Casino (right by the Hotel Normandy – if you don’t gamble just enjoy this Belle Epoque casino, ranked among the leading establishments of its kind in Europe since 1864. Its lights have been illuminating the sea front since 1912, and are a majestic reminder of the splendour of that period’s festivities.)

Deauville, by the tourist in paris

How to get to Deauville?

> By train (from Paris): Book on SNCF official website
> By plane: Direct flights from London City Airport on Ryanair.

The latest news on Deauville on the city’s official website

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