Good addresses: a cool weekend in Cognac

Good addresses: a cool weekend in Cognac

A small town in the southwest between Saintes and Angoulême, Cognac has much more to offer than its castles. Between a gastro restaurant and the new trendy rooftop, here are five spots to test.

Absolute serenity at Hôtel Chais Monet

Inaugurated at the end of 2018, this hotel combines old and new. On one side, a 160-year-old building, a legacy of the past as a trading house of the place. On the other hand, an architectural UFO that recalls the curves of the vine. The complex houses no less than 92 rooms / suites and 13 apartments. At Les Foudres restaurant, chef Sébastien Broda gives pride of place to gastronomy with a seven-course tasting menu. In the late afternoon, head for the terrace of the jazz bar, a peaceful break suspended in the garden. Bonus: the spa launched in partnership with Codage, which offers green treatments adapted to the needs of everyone.

Hôtel Chais Monnet, 50 avenue Paul Firino Martell, 16100 Cognac.

Gastronomic lunch at Poulpette’s

To get to Poulpette’s house, you have to cross the Charente and venture to the left bank. It is here, a few steps from the city centre, that Antoine Vernouillet and Amandine Bernanose have set up this restaurant worthy of a starred restaurant. About ten tables enjoy dishes designed around fresh and seasonal products. The chef, who operates alone (!) in an open kitchen, offers surprising combinations of flavours: on that day, foie gras is served in a miso broth, filet mignon over a smoked beetroot purée. At lunchtime, the less cautious will opt for the surprise menu at 26 euros in three courses.

Poulpette, 46 avenue du Maréchal de Lattre-de-Tassigny, 16100 Cognac.

Alcoholic memories at La Cognathèque

Notice to those who would not like to leave empty-handed: towards the Cognathèque. This shop, slightly off-centre from the city centre, offers more than 900 Cognac references, at prices ranging from around 30 euros to several thousand. On site, a knowledgeable team takes charge of things, to help you find the perfect souvenir. There is also pineau – white, rosé and red – and an exclusive offer from Delamain (170 euros the bottle).

La Cognathèque, 10 place Jean-Monnet, 16100 Cognac.

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History break at Martell

It is impossible to pass through Cognac without visiting a distillery. Cap sur Martell, one of the oldest in the city, located a few steps from the Charente. The house has set up an open house (20 euros per person), punctuated by meetings with several guides, between cellars and buildings full of history. We learn about the brand’s past, launched more than 300 years ago by Jean Martell, and the Cognac manufacturing process. All this, followed by a tasting in the heart of the shop. After a few enriching hours, head for the fifth floor and the bar – called Indigo -, which offers a 360° view of the city.

Martell & Co, 16 avenue Paul Firino Martell, 16100 Cognac.


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