To extend the summer, we have selected for you our best places in Caen la mer to have a drink on the terrace, have an aperitif with a sea view or enjoy an ice cream. With friends, as a couple or with family, discover our top 10 best spots for relaxing.

To have a drink with friends…

The place Saint-Sauveur in Caen

Saint Sauveur Square in Caen
Saint Sauveur Square in Caen ©Caen la mer Tourisme / Les Conteurs

On this large pedestrian square in the heart of the city center there are numerous bars, some of which have unsuspected terraces behind the 18th century facades of Place Saint-Sauveur. Every Friday, market day, the square comes alive, it’s the ideal place to drink a coffee on the terrace after stocking up on good local products !

The port of Caen

Have a drink at the marina in Caen
Have a drink at the marina in Caen ©Caen la mer Tourisme / Les Conteurs

For a festive evening, head to the port and its many pubs ! All along the Quai Vendeuvre, which faces the marina and the Saint-Pierre basin, find bars with very different atmospheres but always with friendly welcome. In season, certain terraces are set up directely on the quay to make the most of the sun and the tranquility of the water’s edge.
The large car park at the port makes it easy and quick to park to enjoy the evening.

The Vaugueux district in Caen

Having-a-drink-on-the-terrace-in-the-Vaugueux-district ©Caen la mer Tourisme / Les Conteurs

A typical district of medieval Caen, Vaugueux has many restaurants but also some nice bars with terraces overlooking the cobbled alley and beautiful half-timbered or Caen stone houses. Close to the ducal castle, Vaugueux is today an essential area to enjoy an aperitif or dinner on the terrace.

Seafood platter on the beach

To enjoy a refreshing cocktail by the beach, enjoy the sea view, feel the sea spray and the freshness of a summer evening, we give you the right adresses :
La Fabrique in Lion-sur-mer, Oyat in Colleville- Montgomery or La Voile Blanche in Ouistreham to have an aperitif or enjoy a seafood platter accompanied by a good glass of white wine !

Sea view in all weather

Drink a good hot chocolate when the sea is raging, have a Normandy cocktail while it rains outside. Enjoy our covered terraces by the sea : the Andry 1867 Lounge bar, the Café Barrière at the Casino or the Thalazur restaurant in Ouistreham.

Downtown Caen

A popular nightlife area for Caen residents, Ecuyère street has many places where you can have a drink with friends. The numerous shaded terraces allow you to enjoy the hot summer evenings in a cool atmosphere. Nearby, other terraces and bars await you : Rue froide, Rue Saint-Pierre or Rue Guillaume le Conquérant with the atypical terrace of Terre de Raisin and its exceptional view of the apse of the Abbaye aux Hommes (Men’s Abbaye).

Drinks on the terrace in front of Caen Castle
Drinks on the terrace in front of Caen Castle

If you prefer a view of the castle, opt for Gini’s Bar and its furnished terrace with a breathtaking view of the château de Caen. Do you just have a snack to eat ? Sit on the lawns of the castle where many students enjoy the sun when summer lasts longer.

The Rooftops

Take to the skies and enjoy Caen’s 3 great rooftops:

  • Le Mancel, in the very heart of Caen Castle, has set up a rooftop so you can enjoy a front row seat for a bird’s eye view of the castle and follow the progress of the embellishment work.
  • The people, Miami atmosphere with Normandy sauce. With a host of entertainment and trendy cocktails, immerse yourself in a young, relaxed atmosphere on the Presqu’île with Caen’s highest rooftop!
  • Le raphaël on the marina offers a refined, carefully-crafted menu. Enjoy the view over the Bassin St-Pierre in a warm, lounge atmosphere.

When enjoy sweet treats ?

Eat ice cream at the beach

Ice cream by the sea
Ice cream by the sea ©Caen la mer Tourisme / Les Conteurs

With summer here, are you looking for a place to enjoy a good ice cream ? Rue de la mer in Ouistreham is full of good places to enjoy crepes, waffles, chichis and espeially artisanal or Italian ice creams. Vanilla-strawberry or more unusual flavors like melon-mandarin ? A few seconds of walking later, and you can enjoy your ice cream on the beach!

La colline aux oiseaux (Birds hill)

Ice cream at Festyland
Ice cream at Festyland

This beautiful 17 ha wooded park has a rose garden, thematic gardens, a prennial garden, an animal park, a playground, picnic tables … At the entrance you will find an ice cream parlor but also sweat treats to buy and enjoy. A great idea for a place to have an ice cream with the family ! Entrance to the park is free.

Les petites douceurs (Little sweetnesses)

To eat an ice cream on the terrace, there is a nice place in city center of Caen. it’s called « Les petites douceurs » and it offers homemade treats, pastries, ice creams, drinks with a small terrace overlooking a quiet alley in the city center.

Les petites Douceurs
Les petites Douceurs

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