Rue de la soif
The Rue de la Soif is actually called Rue Saint-Michel. In the evening, this picturesque street turns into a bustling place to have a drink on one of the terraces. Rue de la Soif roughly translates as Street of Thirst and is one of the city’s legendary locations. The street is the symbol of the festive atmosphere of the Breton capital. This small cobbled street lined with half-timbered houses certainly deserves a look.
There are many “drinking streets” in France, but the one in Rennes is probably the best known for the sheer number of bars you will find here. Rue Saint-Michel is a small cobbled street that has given revelers to drink since the Middle Ages. The street is less than 87 meters long, but has the perfect ‘bistrography’ with a bar every seven meters. The Rue Saint-Michel is home to a total of 13 pubs and the best drinking street in France. The street is even ahead of the Rue des Cordeliers in Bayonne and the Rue de Lappe in Paris.
Rue de la Soif
Rue de la Soif has two different faces. During the day you can admire the traditional half-timbered houses that are so characteristic of the Rennes region and the street looks no different from the other streets in the historic center. In the evening you come here for a drink on a terrace, a bite to eat or to party until the sun comes up. It is a lively and vibrant place every night, especially on Thursdays when the students come to party and on Fridays and Saturdays when both locals and tourists like to go out.
Neighborhood of Saint-Michel
The Saint-Michel neighborhood has always been a convivial place since the ancient beginnings of the city once known as Condate. People had to go through the Rue Saint-Michel to enter the city. Cafés and hotels popped up all over the neighborhood. In the past, when a traveler arrived late at night and the city gates were closed, they could always find a bed for the night here. A walk through the Rue Saint-Michel with its cobblestones, half-timbered houses and corbels almost feels like a step back in time to the Middle Ages.