Saint-Etienne, City of Design, member of UNESCO Creative Cities Network
Creativity, design, and a sense of cooperation are the vectors of the dynamic forces of Saint-Etienne. In Saint-Etienne, design flows from the walls. Through 700 hectares (over 1,700 acres) of parks and green spaces, creativity takes place. These decorations bring a new vision to the urban city.
Always moving, Saint-Etienne offers great cultural events, sports, and festivals throughout the year. The International Design Biennial, a major forward-thinking event that is open to all, is both a showcase for creative design and a living laboratory. Thematic exhibitions, meetings, lectures, and performances are constantly stimulating the senses and feeding the curiosity of visitors.
Historically, the city has established a close relationship with both technology and industry. This experience and know-how of today contributes to its future projects.
Faithful to its values, Saint-Etienne also knows how to share.
In Saint-Etienne, culture is presented in all forms: opera-theater, “la comedie”, “Le Fil” (the first modern music scene in the region), “la rotonde” (the scientist center of culture), l’Astronef “spacecraft”, the city of design, art galleries as well as major festivals: “rhinojazz”, “festival des 7 collines”, “Paroles et Musiques”, “made in”, “Face to Face”, “les Potoscarrés”...
The art of chocolate is the specialty of the city. Satisfy your cravings by visiting its traditional chocolate shops: Weiss, Coulois, Chocolat des Princes....
Between the Loire Gorges and that Natural Park of Pilat (“Monts du Lyonnais” and “Ondaine Valley”), the unique environment of the territory of Saint-Etienne appeals to vacationers seeking natural areas and scenic tours: the former monastery of Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez (ranked among the most beautiful villages in France) and the Zoological Space of Saint-Martin-la-Plaine are fine examples.
The Tourist Office offers various short stay packages: City of Design, Museum of Modern Art, Gorges de la Loire, Heritage Le Corbusier, and the design restaurant (accommodation included).
By car: Take A72 from Clermont-Ferrand, the A47 from Lyon, and RN 88 for the connection between Saint Etienne and Firminy.
By plane: international Airport of Lyon-Saint Exupery Saint-Etienne 1:20 / Airport (International) Saint-Etienne-Boutheon (15 minutes from downtown)
Office de Tourisme de Saint-Etienne
16 avenue de la Libération
Tel.: 00 (33) 4 77 49 39 00