Walk through the town’s French-named streets and you’ll notice there’s definitely a continental atmosphere in the air. It’s not surprising really, after all we are only 14 miles away from France.
So do things the Jersey way, and make sure you stop off at some of the town’s many al fresco terraces and pavement cafés for a taste of St Helier café culture. With the smell of fresh roasting coffee beans drifting through the air, it’s hard to resist the lure of a table in the sun and a chance to take a break from all that shopping. Sit for a while, catch up with the papers, and watch the world go by.
Food always tastes better when it’s eaten outdoors, and a long, lazy lunch at one of St Helier’s al fresco restaurants is hard to beat, especially when you’re enjoying some freshly caught local fish or seafood with a crisp glass of white. You’ll find plenty of restaurants in the town centre from buzzing bistros serving continental cuisine to contemporary seafood restaurants and relaxed family-friendly Italian favourites.
And if you fancy some culture with your coffee, take the time to explore one of St Helier’s art galleries. Stroll to Jersey’s Arts Centre with its regularly changing art exhibitions and lively café and restaurant, and explore Jersey Museum with its wealth of local history, varied exhibitions and leafy courtyard brasserie – it’s only a short walk from the town centre.