A Sunday in Epernay

Welcome to our blog. We are Sarah and Romain, two locals in love with the Champagne region, also owners of our apartments in the heart of Epernay, where we welcome you with pleasure for your Sunday in Epernay.

To make each stay unforgettable, we share our favourite places, tastings, and other activities with you, where you can create your most beautiful memories while discovering the unique heritage of the Epernay and the Champagne region, France.

We have already designed a dream program for you to discover Epernay in one day. Today, we present to you a non-exhaustive list of places open for a Sunday in Epernay to allow you to enjoy your weekend until the last minute, without missing anything in Epernay. 

Why a programme for a Sunday in Epernay? For our weekend guests who leave our apartments on Sunday morning but still want to enjoy the whole day in Epernay for some sparkling visits and tastings.

Because we test new places for you throughout the year, you can save this article in your favourites to have a look at before you come to visit us. We will continuously add new addresses not to be missed when you visit Reims, Epernay, and Champagne.

But before we find new nuggets, it’s time for us to reveal our favourite spots open on a Sunday in Epernay!

Visits to the cellars and great champagne houses

If there are two must-sees on your day or weekend in Epernay, it’s to visit a cellar and a Champagne House. Indeed, it is the ideal opportunity to discover champagne in all its forms, history, manufacturing process, and the old chalk pits where the bottles of champagne are stored, and there are more than 200 million of them under the Avenue de Champagne, Epernay.

We really recommend that you visit and tour both a large Champagne House and an independent winegrower’s cellar, so you will have the opportunity to discover Champagne from two completely different but complementary angles. 

Book your visit to one of the Champagne Houses or wineries that are open on a Sunday in Epernay:

  • The prestigious House of Moët & Chandon
    Reservation on the site is mandatory
  • The unique Boizel and its vintage cars (we tell you about this visit to Boizel)
  • Mercier: audio-guided cellar tour on a small train is a unique experience!
  • Comtesse Lafond
  • De Castellane allows you to climb the steps of the tower at the end of the visit.

Champagne tasting

Usually, you will have the right to a sparkling flute after a visit and tour to a cellar, but if you want to enjoy a proper champagne tasting, you will have to head for the terraces and champagne bars of Epernay.

To find out where to have a tasting of the best bubbles of the Champagne vineyard on a Sunday afternoon, go to one of the following addresses:

  • Les 3 domaines (April to October)
    A new must-see place in Epernay for a successful Champagne tasting day.
  • Bar Brut
    I love this bar on the Avenue de Champagne. The welcome is warm, and the setting is very pleasant. Whether it’s on the terrace in summer or inside in winter, you feel good.
  • Champagne Collard Picard
    Also, on the Avenue de Champagne, the House Collard Picard has installed one of the largest terraces of the avenue! Chic atmosphere!
  • La Banque
    Entering a former Banque de France to have a little champagne tasting is something to remember!
  • Le C La Nautique (Only until noon)
    Along the Marne and slightly off-center, this bar with champagne and regional beers has a location many would envy!

Epernay: a Sunday at the restaurant

After visiting cellars and tasting champagne, your taste buds salivate as you look at the restaurant menus in Epernay. You want to choose the restaurant that will welcome you but don’t worry, we have tested them for you!

Whether you are looking for a gastronomic restaurant, a bistronomic table or a small cosy restaurant to share excellent Champagne dishes cooked with fresh products, you will inevitably find what you are looking for among the restaurants and brasseries which welcome you on Sundays at noon and in the evening.

If you are a gourmet looking for a good table, discover our selection of the best restaurants and brasseries in Epernay open on Sundays:

  • Kitsh Café
    To start your Sunday in the most stylish place of Epernay I advise you the Kitsh which opens its doors on Sunday mornings since March 2021 and even proposes Brunch once a month. Charlotte welcomes you with a pep’s and a smile that gives as much energy as their coffee! Delicious pastries and a perfect drinks menu.
  • La Banque
    Direction the old buildings of this Bank which became a brasserie which proposes a very varied French cuisine.
  • Ch’ti Resto
    Homemade french fries and burgers are on the menu.
  • Stelvio
    Opened recently, we have not yet had the time to go there. The cuisine is based on Italian specialties and is homemade.
  • Le Sardaigne
    Very well located in the center of Epernay this brasserie is pleasant. Correct prices, bistro atmosphere, fast service, copious dishes.
  • Rôtisserie Henry 4
    Then we go out a little bit from Epernay and we go to Ay-Champagne for one of my favorite restaurants. They are opened noon and evening but be careful to reserve because they are often full!
  • La Cave à Champagne
    Boudin Blanc, andouillette de Troie or Chaource. Rich and generous local cuisine!
  • Le progrès
    Simple food with affordable prices and a terrace that is always full. A nice place to have a drink, a beer or a quick bite to eat!
  • L’Eurasienne
    Open for almost 30 years in Epernay they make a Bo Bun to fall! L’eurasienne proposes pizzas but the specialty of this restaurant are the Vietnamese specialities like the BÒ LÚC LẮC with Kampot pepper. Place your order and go and sit down along the marne… change of scenery guaranteed! Only to take away or delivery.

Discover Epernay on a Sunday with a guided tour

In our opinion, visiting Epernay in the company of a tourist guide remains one of the most beautiful ways to discover its unmissable places. Travelling around the Champagne region with an expert guide is a promise of immersion alongside a local who will take you on a journey through the Champagne vineyards, wine cellars, and the town.

What’s more, local guides offer guided tours on Sundays throughout the year, whether in the summer sunshine or the fine autumn rain.

We give you the contact details of the tour guides we have fallen in love with:

  • My Vintage Tour Company
    The best way to discover the mysteries of Champagne and its region: we propose you to meet two passionate experts (a brother and a sister who love Champagne, its bubbles, but also great enthusiasts of vintage cars) to discover Champagne on board of an estafette, in Reims or Epernay.
    From 42 € per person
  • Ay Champagne Experience
    Isabelle takes you on a private tour in her red Mehari Electric and makes you discover the vineyards around her village “Ay-Champagne”.
    From 80 € per person
  • The impérial Marie Antoinette
    Visite Epernay and discover the Avenue de Champagne in a double-decker bus entirely designed for the reception and tasting of Champagne. Enjoy stops at the most beautiful viewpoints around Epernay, Hautvillers and in the vineyards that surround us. The bus can be privatized.
    From 55 € per person
Guide Tour in Epernay or Reims in champagne region
Ay Champagne Experience
Credit photo Michel Jolyot

Sunday sports and cultural programme in Epernay

And suppose you want to discover Epernay like the locals. In that case, we invite you to immerse yourself among them during the numerous events and activities organised by the town and the tourist office.

Special mention should be made of the “Habits de Lumière“, an event organised in December, with a Sunday parade that arouses the curiosity of young and old alike and amazes car fans from all over France.

  • Pressoria
    About ten minutes from Epernay, in the small village of Aÿ-Champagne, stands Pressoria, a champagne museum unlike any other. Pressoria offers you a unique and original sensory experience.
  • The Museum of Champagne Wine and Regional Archaeology
    It took 10 years of restoration of this magnificent 19th century castle to transform it into a true 21st century museum. The museum is free every first Sunday of the month.
  • Epernay captive balloon
    A 12 minutes flight at 150 meters high in a gondola attached to the ground ? Remember to call beforehand because if the wind blows too much the balloon does not take off.

Don’t miss anything in the official programme of the city of Epernay. It is regularly updated and will inform you of the details of the events that are not to be missed.

A small market with a few local traders is held on the Place Auban-Moët every Sunday morning for those who have planned a picnic, where you can buy a few specialities before going for a walk.

Take advantage of your passage in the center of Epernay to discover “Le Clos Gallice”. This pretty little sign brings together about thirty artists who can exhibit and sell their work in the shop/gallery. These are the artists who receive you to share with you their profession, their passion.

If you also have good addresses in Epernay, leave a comment below. We will go there soon and with great pleasure to add it to our list of favourites to visit and tour in Champagne.

And if you are one of the lucky ones who spend a longer stay with us, we will share with you our best tips for visiting Epernay and the Champagne region, with some unmissable addresses to put on your schedule of activities.

Don’t wait any longer, book your weekend in Epernay. We can’t wait to share a moment with you, but especially to offer you an unforgettable stay in Champagne, France!

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  1. We are senior citizens who are going to go on a barge trip in the Alsace-Loraine region for a week and then drive to Epernay for a couple of nights before going on to Bayeaux to visit the beaches of Normandy. there are 4 of us traveling together. We only have 1 full day in Epernay and would love to see a little of the area, visit one and maybe two champagne houses with tastings, have lunch in someplace that is not a tourist trip and basically just see the area for about 6 hours max on sunday, 16 July. Are you available and if so what would it cost. We are staying at the Au Jeu De Paume hotel in Epernay.
    Pam Shields


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