The town of Brive in the Dordogne Valley is one of the later in the area. Served by Brive airport with flights arrive most days from London Stansted it’s easy to get to. Even though it’s one of the larger towns in the area, it’s still pretty small and retains all the charm of a small French village.

There’s plenty of things to do in Brive and it’s well worth a visit if you’re in the Dordogne Valley

Go shopping

Brive has such a lovely array of shops. From more recognisable high street stores to independent shops you cod easily spend house browsing for new homeward or French fashion statements.

Visit Brive market

things to do in brive market

Open every Tuesday and Saturday, the Brive market is ideal for foodies. There’s everything from fresh fish and meat to live poultry, flowers, bread and fruit and vegetables. There are also stalls selling non foodie goods such as clothing and jewellery.

Go to the Brive festival

things to do in brive festival

Brive is a small town that knows how to party!

The annual Brive festival lasts for a week at the end of July. The last four days the Brive festival becomes a music festival and plays host to some of the biggest names in French music!

Every day throughout the festival there are different music acts playing to around 17,000 people over the four days. I partied up at Brive festival on the Friday night and watched big names such as Jain and Louise Attaque sing.

Feast on chocolate

chocolaterie lamy brive

The Eric Lamy chocolate shop in Brive is dangerously delicious.

Head upstairs and take a seat in the terrace on the balcony. To avoid making the impossible decision of what chocolate treat to have, ask for a selection of mini chocolates from the shop downstairs. That way you can have one of everything. Genius.

The chocolate shop also do workshops where you can learn how to make chocolate yourself. Oh and you can’t possibly leave without picking up a bar or two for the flight home!

Enjoy brunch

Bruch may not be a typically french mealtime but that doesn’t mean the fresh don’t know how to do it.

For 10€ you can enjoy a massive plate of cheese, meats, salad and French bread with a drink overlooking the Brive market. When we were there there was even some live music to accompany us.

The perfect place to refuel after exploring the town.

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