Living + Teaching in
Bourg-en-Bresse, France

Population: 39,882
Département: Ain

Where to Drink

Where to Eat



Comptoir Yummy
8 rue Lalande

Restaurant Mumtaz Mahal
26 Boulevard de Brou

Le Joffre
12 rue du Maréchal Joffre

La Buvette
7 rue Guichenon

Que Les Chiens Sont Heureux
rue Teynière

Le Galway
17 rue de l'Étoile

Where to Party + Dance

Best Spot to Grab a Coffee



Le Joffre
12 rue du Maréchal Joffre

Le Noty
39 rue de la République

La Casa Leone
29 rue Victor Basch

Le Diable au Club* 
27 rue de la République
*Local Note: only the young kids go here


Must-See | Must-Do

Museums to Visit

  • Le Monastère de Brou

Ideas for Day + Weekend Trips

  • Annecy
  • Aix-Les-Bains
  • Dijon
  • Besançon

Pleasant Walks

Outdoor Activities

  • Parc de Loisirs de Bovent

Housing Examples

  • 120€ per month for a private room + bathroom + shared kitchen with eight other teaching assistants n the high school residences

Worst Things About City

Best Things About

  • Low cost of living
  • The calmness of the town
  • Good weather - not too cold in the winter
  • Nice surrounding areas to explore
  • as a nice cinema
  • Can feel pretty boring at times
  • Not many young people live here
  • Can be difficult to get to other places without a car

Pro-Tips from Past + Current Teaching Assistants

  • Bourg-en-Bresse has everything you might need here, but there isn't much of a nightlife scene.
  • Don't try to do anything on a Sunday or Monday or during lunch because stores and services are usually closed then.
  • Day trips to surrounding areas include Annecy, Aix-les-Bains, Dijon and Besançon
  • Sometimes a car is needed to better explore the region.


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  • Oyonnax

  • Lyon

  • Saint-Étienne