Living + Teaching in Tours, France

Population: 134,978
Département: Indre-Loire

Busy • Metropolitan • Accessible • Central • Efficient • Pretty • Châteaux • Wine • Tranquility • Good Size • River • Tram • Parks

 Place Plumereau in Tours, France Photo Credit: Alex Baldwin @francofillephotos @alexandrabaldwin1

Place Plumereau in Tours, France Photo Credit: Alex Baldwin @francofillephotos @alexandrabaldwin1

Where to Drink

Where to Eat

Mamie Bigoude
22 rue de Châteauneuf

Il Mostro
20 Place du Grand Marché

Le Cappuccino
14 rue du Grand Marché

Délices Kebab
6 rue Edouard Vaillant

Le Be New
5 rue Briçonnet

L'Atelier Gourmand
37 rue Étienne Marcel

102 rue du Commerce

Leonard de Vinci
19 rue de la Monnaie

La Palatino
3 Avenue de Grammont

La Deauvalière
8 rue de la Monnaie

La Cabane
87 rue du Commerce

Le Serpent Volant
54 rue du Grand Marché

The Pale
18 Place Foire le Roi

57 Quai Paul Bert

Les Trois Rois
717 Place Plumereau

7 Place Jean Jaurès

Where to Party + Dance

Best Spot to Grab a Coffee


Columbus Café & Co.
5 rue du Change

17 Place Jean Jaurès

Taverne Karlsbrau
48 rue Nationale

Le Petit Atelier
61 rue Colbert


Le Pacio
5 rue des Fusillés

35 rue Briçonnet


Must-See | Must-Do

Museums to Visit


Museum of Natural History of Tours
3 rue du Président Merville

Musée des Beaux Arts
8 Place François Sicard

  • Visit the cathedral
  • Explore the many nearby châteaux (see below!) 
  • Hang out around Place Plumereau
  • Attend the International Garden Festival at haumont-sur-Loire and other châteaux

Ideas for Day + Weekend Trips

  • Paris
  • Bordeaux
  • antes
  • Île Aucard
  • Île Saint Symphorien
  • Châteaux in the Loire Valley
  • Ussée
  • Villandry
  • Cheverney
  • Amboise
  • Chaumont-sur-Loire
  • Chambord
  • Langeais
  • ave à Vin in Vourray
  • henonceau
  • Blois

Pleasant Walks

Outdoor Activities

  • Tours is located on the Loire à Vélo bike path -o it's possible to cycle to neighboring Villandry in an hour! 
  • Kayaking and canoeing on the small recreational lake
  • Hiking in and around the Loire Valley
  • Tours' Old Town (Vieux Tours) 
  • Several nice gardens + parks in the city
  • Along the banks of the Loire River
  • Jardin des Prébendes d'Oé 

Housing Examples

  • 433€ per month for a 3-bedroom apartment with roommates in centre ville
  • 370€ per month for a tiny studio
  • 360€ per month for a furnished apartment with roommates
  • 200€ per month renting a room in a house

Worst Things About Tours

Best Things About Tours

  • Great location in France
  • Well-connected to places all around the Loire Valley
  • The food! (Tours is known as an nternational city of gastronomy, after all!)
  • The friendly locals
  • Close proximity to châteaux of the Loire Valley
  • Charming and "classic French" people are very warm and helpful
  • About an hour from Paris


  • Public transportation usually limited and infrequent
  • Not many attractions in Tours itself
  • No good Mexican food (must go to Paris for that!)
  • Dog poop scattered on the sidewalks
  • There's a Burger King and a Starbucks

Pro-Tips from Past + Current Teaching Assistants

  • Have fun! Tours is a great city to work in! Take advantage of each moment here in France because the time will pass much too quickly!!
  • Unless you're going to be working in Tours itself, get a place near the train station (or at least the tramway) in the city + commute from there.
  • Apply ONLINE for the CAF as soon as you arrive! One assistant waited a few months before going to the CAF office and since she hadn't already applied, it was impossible to reimburse her for the preceding months she was already in France because she was not in the system. 
  • About bus travel in France - it's the cheapest means to travel, but you must buy tickets well in advance to take advantage of the good prices. If you buy a ticket a few days before you leave, you'll pay much more! 
  • For travel in the surrounding area, the car-sharing website BlaBlaCar is the way to go!
  • Rent a bike from Velociti.
  • Get a loyalty card at an Auchan grocery store.


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