Is this the cutest town in France!? Why you need to visit Annecy

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Ahhh, Annecy. Where to begin!? The cutest town in France (in my view) has much more to offer than an idyllic location, cute French patisseries and a gorgeous lake with the alps as a backdrop. And yet of course, all of these things are what makes Annecy quite so appealing!

I first saw this town on Pinterest and immediately decided I needed to visit (seriously, this town is so cute!) But upon our visit I quickly came to learn that there is much more to Annecy than meets the eye…


Annecy, France

Located in the North of the French Alps, Annecy is a medieval town with a 14th-century chateau, characterised by its winding canal network and location beside Lake Annecy. Put simply, this town is as pretty (if not prettier) than a postcard.

The city is at its best in the Spring season as the colourful blooms all over town really bring Annecy to life. You can expect an abundance of flower boxes, blossoms, and plethora of greenery in the public parks.

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Where to Eat, Play & Stay

Many visitors come to Annecy as a day trip from Geneva, so your first point of call is likely to be a food stop – and believe me do I have some great recommendations in store for you!


Le Beau Soleil (The Beautiful Sun)

We stumbled across this eatery around lunch time and quickly noticed it was much busier than any other eatery we had passed on the canals, as well as noticing that most diners were speaking in French and thus concluding it must be a popular local choice. This gave us no better reason than to stop, wait in line, and land a table at what we were sure would be a great lunch spot. Right we were! I ordered the goat’s cheese salad (above) and my boyfriend ordered steak, chips and salad. Both dishes were huge, great value for money, and incredibly delicious!

L’Heure Tourne Burger Shop

If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat and something a little more casual, you’ll find just that at L’Heure Tourne. The burgers are gourmet, the relish is unforgettably delicious, and the staff do their best to help you out in English or, in my case, Frenglish (somewhere in between).

Le Palais Des Glaces

As usual, I couldn’t finish a single meal in Annecy without a sweet treat afterwards (would you expect any less of me by now!?) We asked around with the locals in small boutiques where we could find the best gelato in town and the vote was unanimous: Le Palais Des Glaces. Believe me when I say it did not disappoint! The snickers was my favourite flavour.

Things to See + Do

Annecy is one of those places you go to do very little and wind up doing a lot, as everything just occurs so naturally and with ease.

Drop by the Lake (Lac Annecy) to rent a paddle boat and you’ll find yourself passing the hours, soaking up the sunshine and taking in the tremendous views.

Another great way to see the city is to hire a bike, ride around the lake, navigate your way through the cities’ outskirts, and take each hour as it comes.

And of course you can make your way to Chateau d’Annecy (the castle on the hill) to explore the 14th-century chateau and enjoy great views over the city.


Unfortunately we didn’t stay longer than the day in Annecy (if we had have known how picturesque and delightful it was beforehand, we would have booked 2-3 nights here). Thus I cannot make accommodation recommendations based on my own experiences, though if TripAdvisor is anything to go by, the following suggestions rate highly: L’Imperial Palace, Hotel Novotel Annecy Centre, and Mercure Annecy Centre.

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Getting There

Annecy is a popular day trip from Geneva, Switzerland – located just a one hour bus ride from the Swiss city.

By plane, Geneva is the nearest international airport, though flights in to Geneva are typically expensive so you may wish to fly in to Zürich and journey your way down through Geneva.

Annecy also has direct trains from Paris & Lyon, making this a great city escape for a few days out of the big cities.

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    June 5, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Wow, Annecy looks so gorgeous! I am going in a few weeks and your pictures make me so excited 🙂

    May 19, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Annecy is beautiful! We went in February, but the weather was heavenly and there were so many people in the park. Such a gorgeous, picture-perfect town. 🙂

    May 19, 2016 at 7:00 am

    Wauw, this really is an adorable little town!

    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    May 19, 2016 at 1:07 am

    I live in Switzerland, so I’m adding Annecy to my list of places to visit the next time I’m in the French Alps. Thanks for sharing this beautiful corner of the world with us!

    Amanda | Chasing My Sunshine
    May 19, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Wow! Every single picture you’ve posted here is both postcard and Instagram worthy. How beautiful! I have only been to Paris, France and that was a quick trip while I was studying abroad. My lack of a handle on the French language made me anxious to go much anywhere else. But this is beautiful and I should have!! What are your top favorite French towns?

    May 18, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Stunning! Thank you for sharing!

    Hena Tayeb
    May 18, 2016 at 7:59 am


    May 18, 2016 at 4:16 am

    NICE place in France, I love it!! I have good memories in these beautiful country

    May 18, 2016 at 3:37 am

    I went there a few years ago and absolutely loved it ! We did a small boat cruise on the lake, it was stunning !

    Great article. 🙂

    Kenza from

    May 18, 2016 at 3:16 am

    This looks a gorgeous place! I definitely need to explore more of Europe and find places like this that aren’t too taken over by tourism like a lot of cities

    May 18, 2016 at 3:04 am

    What an adorable town! I must visit. It’s funny, I follow you on Instagram and we were on a very similar trip at the exact same time. I started in Zurich, Switzerland and drove a camper van through the Alps with friends down to Italy and spent two weeks exploring the country. Some places you visited before I did, and others I did before you. How gorgeous was the weather in Amalfi?! I do love how social media can bring fellow travelers together. Did you make it to Bern when you were in Switzerland? If not, add it to the list. It’s an adorable and beautiful city that reminds me of Annecy.

    Marta Sierra (MartaMademoiselle)
    May 17, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Your pictures look great!! And the food just YUMMY!! :p


    May 17, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    I can’t believe I’ve lived in France my whole life and never went to annecy

    Cory (youcouldtravel)
    May 17, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    This honestly looks so cool, Brooke! Thanks for inspiring us to visit this awesome place. I just checked your blogging tips for inspiration (awesome!). For some reason, I cannot comment on there. Is that on purpose? Have a wonderful rest of the day! xx

    May 17, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Oh fab! Look forward to seeing post!

    May 17, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Looks so cute! We will be doing a road trip around France in a few weeks, will probably visit Annecy now! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    conor rees
    May 17, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    This place looks to relaxed. I need to go there 🙂

    May 17, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    First I read about Annecy and really it is amazing. Thanks for sharing your experience with us with beautiful images.

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    May 17, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    nice pictures

    Redouane menad
    May 17, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Hello this town most beautyful à would to visit

    Saakshi Kumar
    May 17, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    A miniature paradise. Looks like a fairytale theme location. 🙂

    May 17, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    I could not agree more: Annecy is beautiful! It looks like it came out of a storybook: the lake, the bridges, the water reflecting everything, flowers at every window and those mountains!!

    Thank you for this trip into the past

    the adventurer
    May 17, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    This town looks like from a fairytale! Looks like you had beautiful weather =o) I love visiting places where you can do activities like paddle boats and biking. Such a fun way to see a place =o)

    May 17, 2016 at 10:50 am

    This is on my bucket list. I have a passion to visit France and one day have my own vineyard and cafe in the countryside there one day. Brooke your passhion for travel and creativity and ice cream is a delight to watch in both your photographs and on film. I also have the traveling bug. On 28th of June i will be embarking on an adventure from Rouse Hill, NSW to Victor Harbor, SA. I want to see the world and what mother nature has to offer, meet new people and create smiles and laughther experiance new cutures, flavours traditional events and antient architecture. My father lives in Tasmania i look forward to visiting again as it is so beautiful and unforgetable. Maybe our pathes will cross on our adventures one day as i would love to meet you and your partner. Keep up the excelent work i see you as a role model and an insperation. Safe travels 🙂 LIVE LAUGH GROW

    Stefanie Ni
    May 17, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Wow what a lovely city! Need to find time to visit it ♥

    Marie @ To Europe And Beyond
    May 17, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Annecy is one of my all-time favourite places in France. I love the fondue (a must when in Savoie) at Le Fréti.

    Shelby @ The Fernweh Wolf
    May 17, 2016 at 7:40 am

    wow that place looks like a little paradise! super cute :]

    April | April Everyday
    May 17, 2016 at 6:55 am

    We’re actually headed here next month for a few days! I’m so excited! We’re planning on doing it the other way round though and taking a day trip to Switzerland haha!
    I’ll definitely be saving those food recommendations for when we visit!
    xo April |

    Madi | Restless Worker
    May 17, 2016 at 6:55 am

    I love France! I wish I could explore every nook and cranny in this beautiful country. Annecy looks so quaint and gorgeous – definitely just added this to my ever growing bucket list.

    May 17, 2016 at 6:30 am

    This looks stunning but Colmar still cuter IMO. Google image it immediately if you’ve not been! It’s straight out of a fairy tale 🙂

    • Brooke Saward
      May 17, 2016 at 8:20 am

      We did go on this same trip – I have a post coming up about it soon! Due to the weather I think we preferred Annecy more 🙂 x

        May 17, 2016 at 9:59 pm

        Oh fab! Look forward to seeing the post! x