Dieppe is a small coastal town with white cliffs like Dover, full of restaurants, a gorgeous waterfront and marina.
I only spent 2 nights and a day here. On the first night we found a good meeting place as there was a fair few of us.
We all went to restaurant Quai 11. The food did take a while, but then we were in a large group. I ordered the skate wing, when it did finally arrive I have to say it was delicious and I can definitely recommend eating there.
I stayed in a hotel called egg, as i was only there for a couple nights it was a very basic 2 star place, but it had good tripadvisor reviews. The bed situation was a little weird, the room had a double bed but then there was a bunk bed that was positioned horizontally above that. It was the smallest hotel room i’ve ever stayed in, but i wasn’t to bothered as I wasn’t spending anytime in the room. As for the bathroom, ha well I couldn’t even stand to do the helicopter, let alone stretch my arms out. It was clean and tidy and the shower was decent though, so all in all i can’t complain. The breakfast was as you’d expect, a traditional european, croissant, bread, toast, eggs, cereal with fresh orange juice or coffee.
After breakfast a group of us walked down to the waterfront, we were carrying our instruments as we had been booked to play at the film festival village. This proved to be a challenge in itself as the drummers kit kept falling apart on route and we had to keep chasing all the bits as they fell off.
The gig went well and quite a good crowd surrounded us and joined in. After the gig we all given free beer, happy days. I had some time to wander about town, grab a bite. It was nice to walk along the marina on sunny day and see more of the festival.
Had I had more time, I would of checked out the castle as i think really that and the beach are the only real things to do in town. I can’t help but think had it been raining there would of been little to nothing to do here.
Dieppe held the 1912 French Grand Prix.
The inhabitants of the town of Dieppe are called Dieppois.
I stayed 2 nights in the 2 star Egg Hôtel and was happy, even if the room was a little on the small side. You get what you pay for at the end of the day.
- Airbnb, from £26 (€35) a night for an entire flat with 1 bed, I did notice an entire flat with 6 beds for £79 (€104) a night if you want some extra space. Airbnb would be my recommended option.
- Hostel. There are no hostels in Dieppe.
- Camping, There are a couple places outside of town, camping la source or camping vitamin’.
- Hotel, Of Course there are loads to choose from, probably best to look at the reviews on tripadvisor. From the budget 1 star hotel F1 and then the 4 star hotel Hôtel Mercure Dieppe la Présidence Prices start from £54 (€61) – £188 (€213) a night.
- Walk, Dieppe is small and is easy to walk.
- Bike, Hire a bike and cycle around.
- Car, There is a large car park by the beach and the long green has parking all around it.
- Bus, the station is alongside the train station, but I didn’t use this as it was easy to walk everywhere.
- Train, There is a railway operated by SNCF, with frequent departure for Rouen and Paris.
- Ferry, DFDS service to Newhaven England.
To be honest I didn’t see all that much to do here, so probably a day or 2 is all thats needed to see it all.
- Beach (Pebbled)
- Cliff hiking
- Medieval Castle (Château de Dieppe)
Lots to choose from, the place is full of restaurants. If you want to have a few drinks in a bar after your meal, it does becomes a struggle. There isn’t much of a late night, night life. I only came across 4 bars and only 1 stayed open after midnight. Here are a few where I went and thought were good.
- Bar des Bains (Le)
- Cafe des Tribunaux (Great place to sit outside with a drink or meal.)
- Hippolyte (Restaurant, sit outside if it’s nice, but the wind can get real chilly on your back if it’s not)
- La Mie Caline (Light bite, sandwiches)
- Le Cambridge (Cocktails)
- Le Class’iK Bar (Wine bar)
- Le Retro (Bar)
- Quaii 11 (Restaurant)
- ANY encounter or transaction begins with “bonjour“. Atleast learn some of the basics, the French like it if you try.
- Time France is on Central European Time, which is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
- Smoking is banned in all public places in France, including cafes, restaurants, and nightclubs. It’s permitted on outdoor and semi-enclosed terraces.
- Drink wine In France, the wine is cheaper than water.
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