Insider's guide: St. Aubin
Get off the beaten track and fall for the charm of Jersey’s coastal harbour village.
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
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.
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.