Thought Normandy didn’t have a vibrant nightlife? Think again!

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Rouen

It may come as a surprise to learn that Rouen has the highest number of bars per capita in France! The city is a night owl’s paradise, and is the perfect place to keep the buzz going once the sun has set. Bars, pubs and clubs playing every kind of music – Rouen’s nightlife exerts a magnetic pull!

Ten miles away from Rouen, you will also find France’s oldest nightclub, the Moulin Rose in Belbeuf, a small village on the River Seine. The nightclub is now 90 years old and is a real institution in the region.

Rouen
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Caen

Home to over 30,000 students, Caen is also a fantastic place to party. A great way to see and experience the city’s nightlife is to head to the Rue Ecuyère for a pub crawl you won’t forget! This street alone is home to 12 bars and pubs which are always buzzing.

Caen
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Cherbourg

Cherbourg is Normandy’s fourth largest city, meaning that nightlife options are plentiful. During the summer season, La Plage Verte (‘the green beach’) comes alive with many concerts and festivals, and in the narrow streets of the city centre, bars and pubs are aplenty. Local favourites include the Black Dog, Le Ô TapaSoiF, Le Kilbeggan’s and Le Solier.

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Dieppe

Small and compact, Dieppe is a pleasant place to have a drink away from the hustle and bustle. It was once said that there were as many bars in Dieppe as days in the year, and although that isn’t quite true anymore, there are still many places to have fun in town, especially along the Quai Henri IV or in the Saint-Rémy neighbourhood surrounding the church that bears the same name. On most weekends, there is live music in bars like L’Entrepôt, L’Epsom, Au Bout Là-Bas, Le BDB, le Douze and La Potinière.

Dieppe
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