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7 Tips for Living in Nantes

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Nantes or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Nantes or thinking about moving there.

Living as an expat or digital nomad in Nantes, can be an exciting and enriching experience. This vibrant city, located in the western part of the country, offers a unique blend of history, culture, and modernity. Here are seven key tips to help you make the most of your time in Nantes.

1. Learn the Language

While many people in Nantes speak English, learning French will greatly enhance your experience. Not only will it make daily tasks easier, but it will also help you connect with locals and understand the culture better. Consider taking a language course or using language exchange programs to practice your French.

2. Explore the Neighborhoods

Nantes is made up of several distinct neighborhoods, each with its own character. The city center, or Centre-Ville, is known for its historic buildings and bustling shopping streets. Île de Nantes, a former industrial area, has been transformed into a hub of creativity with modern architecture and art installations. Erdre Porterie, on the other hand, is a peaceful residential area with beautiful parks and river views. Spend time exploring these and other neighborhoods to find your favorite spots.

3. Enjoy the Local Cuisine

French cuisine is world-renowned, and Nantes is no exception. The city is particularly known for its seafood and pastries. Try the local specialty, galettes, a type of savory crepe made with buckwheat flour. For a sweet treat, don't miss the Nantais cake, a rum-infused pound cake. Some popular restaurants to try these and other dishes include La Cigale, Le Coin des Crêpes, and Patisserie Beillevaire.

4. Take Advantage of Public Transportation

Nantes has an excellent public transportation system, including trams, buses, and a bike-sharing program. It's a cost-effective and eco-friendly way to get around the city. Plus, the tram lines are color-coded and easy to navigate, even for newcomers. Remember to always validate your ticket before boarding to avoid fines.

5. Immerse Yourself in the Culture

Nantes is a city rich in history and culture. Visit the Château des ducs de Bretagne, a grand castle that now houses the Nantes History Museum. Explore the Machines de l'Île, a unique art project featuring giant mechanical animals. Attend a performance at the Théâtre Graslin, one of France's leading opera houses. By immersing yourself in the local culture, you'll gain a deeper appreciation for your new home.

6. Stay Active

Staying active is important, especially when adjusting to a new environment. Nantes offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Take a walk along the Loire River, go for a bike ride in the Parc de la Beaujoire, or join a local sports club. Not only will this help you stay healthy, but it's also a great way to meet new people.

7. Get Involved in the Community

Finally, getting involved in the local community can make your experience in Nantes even more rewarding. Look for opportunities to volunteer, join clubs or organizations, or participate in community events. This will help you make connections, learn more about the local culture, and feel more at home in Nantes.

Living in Nantes as an expat or digital nomad can be a wonderful adventure. By following these tips, you'll be well-prepared to make the most of your time in this beautiful and vibrant city.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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