Insider's guide: St. Aubin

Get off the beaten track and fall for the charm of Jersey’s coastal harbour village.

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Curled around one of the island’s original harbours, the enchanting fishing village of St Aubin is a fascinating tangle of historic houses and steep streets leading to sea view panoramas. The main action is clustered along the promenade - the Bulwarks - where a lazy stroll will take you past restaurants with shaded alfresco courtyards and decks and bars with harbour views where you can enjoy a plate of local seafood washed down with a glass of crisp white wine or a pint of the island’s Liberation Ale. Venture a little further into the heart of St Aubin and you’ll get a taste of the village’s unique local flavour and its proud heritage, from the 18th century merchants’ houses lining the cobbled streets to the wild geese and ducks that gather on the harbour slipway. Coming to visit? Don’t miss these five St Aubin experiences.

Explore by bike

Leading out of St Aubin is the Railway walk - where you can trace the tracks of the old railway on this wide path winding up through lush woodland valleys to reach the headland overlooking Corbiere lighthouse. Rent bikes from Jersey Cycle Tours in the bunker at the start of the walk for a different perspective on the landscape, and build up an appetite for a harbourside lunch back at St Aubin.

Market shopping

Time your visit with the chance to stumble across one of St Aubin’s bustling farm and craft markets or vintage fairs and see the village come to life with a collection of open-air stalls and street entertainment around the Parish Hall’s central square. Stock up on local treats from island producers or uncover vintage finds, Farm & Craft Markets on selected Saturdays through the season, 9-3pm and St Aubin’s Vintage Fair, on selected Saturdays, 9-5pm

Pick up a picnic

There are foodie treats galore to take home at this tiny delicatessen, with its shelves piled high with artisan cheeses and antipasti, as well as a hand picked selection of local delicacies. Stay for an expertly brewed Sumatran coffee at one of the pavement tables or venture downstairs for a menu of tasting platters and sharing boards served kitchen-supper style on a central table.

La Belle Gourmande Deli

Treasure hunting

St Aubin’s village has its own vintage charm, but if you have ten minutes to spare, don’t miss exploring the fascinating treasure trove of curios and collectibles at Lovejoy’s Brocante & Depot-Vente on the main road into the village. From retro discoveries to antique memorabilia and brocante straight from nearby France, you never know what you might find.

Historic pub crawls

St Aubin’s pubs have a fascinating heritage of their own - the historic Trafalgar Pub at the foot of St Aubin’s cobbled high street is where Karl Marx and co-father of Marxist theory Friedrich Engels stayed, drawn to the island’s revolutionary spirit - and quite possibly its locally-brewed ale. Walk along the Bulwarks to trace the steps of another of Jersey’s famous faces, Jim Bergerac from the 80s TV series. The pub that doubled as the detective’s favourite local is The Old Court House Restaurant & Rooms, where you can stay for a pint of local Liberation Ale overlooking the harbour.

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