Information & Facts
St Malo has a number of popular beaches, all covered in fine,
golden sand. Mole is where sun-worshippers congregate, while Sillon
is popular for watersports like windsurfing and Bon Secours for
sailing. The old town is pleasant to stroll through, with quaint
medieval cobbled streets and photogenic views. There are a few
historical attractions in St Malo as well, including the Ile du
Grand-Bé (site of the tomb of Chateaubriand), the Historical Museum
of St Malo, and St Vincent's Cathedral.
French is the official language.
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can
be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels,
though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major
credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques,
particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not
While swimming is allowed on most beaches, there is a strong
undertow that makes it unsuitable for weak swimmers.
St Malo's nightlife is relatively quiet, though you'll find a
few lively bars and discos. Le Casino Barrière is a popular
destination, or you can follow the local youth to nearby Rennes on
St Malo has many good restaurants that make a great place to try
Breton cuisine, including specialties like Kouing Aman cake and
Breton Pancakes. Seafood, specifically mussels and oysters, is
another local specialty, which is to be expected in a seaside town.
While fresh seafood doesn't come cheap at well-regarded restaurants
like Le Chalut, there are a number of creperies that suit a diner
on a budget. Coté brasserie is the place to go for fish and
There are a number of stores scattered around the old town,
ranging from trendy boutiques to tacky tourist shops. The place de
la Poissonerie hosts a bustling market on Tuesday and Friday
mornings, and a Wednesday and Saturday market in nearby Paramé.
Most shops close by 7pm.
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and
last Sunday in October).