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Grenoble

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Meet Grenoble

Combining relaxation and productivity, Grenoble is a scientific bastion set among the majesty of the French Alps.

Referred to as the “Capital of the Alps,” Grenoble is a French city like no other. Due to its proximity to the borders of Italy and Switzerland, it’s a truly global city that is welcoming to all travelers, regardless of their origin. Grenoble is also a major scientific center within Europe, making it appealing to remote workers in STEM industries. Surrounded by mountains, it’s a fantastic city for fans of clean air and the great outdoors. This is a uniquely innovative and forward-thinking nation that attracts creative remote workers. Grenoble is becoming increasingly popular with digital nomads due to its high concentration of tech companies. These provide plenty of jobs and represent a significant proportion of the French economy. It’s also particularly popular with environmentalist organizations and has been chosen as the European Green Capital for 2022. Living costs are substantially lower than Paris but it retains a lot of the traditional French charm that tourists seek.

Where to live in Grenoble

Grenoble has incredibly picturesque neighborhoods as well as some you may want to avoid. Although the city is generally safe, it has a reputation for being a hub of serious crime. In fact, despite its small size, Grenoble has a level of crime comparable to that of Paris. Inner-city neighborhoods like Villeneuve, Fontaine, and Sassenage have bad reputations. Somewhat uniquely, the best areas of the city are found on the outskirts, where you can live in a fancy villa at the foot of some spectacular mountains.

Best Neighborhoods in Grenoble

You can often tell whether an area of Grenoble offers a nice living environment just by looking at it. Central neighborhoods lined with ugly 1960s tower blocks are more likely to offer higher crime rates and a low quality of life. Instead, find a pleasant village in the outskirts of the city. That’s where the exciting tech startup and environmentalist scene exists. Because of the mountainous surroundings, you should aim to live on the south side of the valley. These are the nicer, more expensive properties that benefit from the most amount of sunshine.

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We've been rounded up the best housing options in Grenoble. All are available on flexible terms, so you can stay one month or as long as you want

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Quick Facts About Grenoble

Grenoble is one of the less well-known cities in France, especially when compared to the likes Paris and Lyon. However, it has many aspects that make it a fascinating place to live. Before you visit any city, it's useful to learn a bit about it to get a sense of its character. So if you’re looking to get to know the city before you visit, here are 10 quick and fun facts about Grenoble:
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Work in Grenoble

Work is plentiful in Grenoble, which has more research jobs than anywhere else in France. It’s the second-highest employer of engineers in the country as well. If your sector lies within the science or technology sector, then this could be the perfect city for you. However, there are also plenty of other work opportunities including in hospitality and tourism. The largest employers include Schneider Electric, STMicroelectronics, and Roche, which functions in the pharmaceuticals sector. Given the technological infrastructure required to maintain these industries, there are plenty of amenities for remote workers.

How good is Grenoble for Digital Nomads or Remote Work

Remote work is changing how the global workspace operates. In a trend that is showing no signs of slowing down, remote work is rapidly on the increase all around the world—especially in a place like Grenoble. And about 25% of remote workers describe themselves as digital nomads—those who like to travel or stay in cities around the world while they work. So, how good is Grenoble for both of these growing movements?

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Food and Drink in Grenoble

Is there a nationality that takes food more seriously than the French? From the wine and cheese to the frogs’ legs and snails, all French cities offer exquisite cuisine. However, what you find in Grenoble differs somewhat from what you find in Paris. The southeast is particularly well-known for its raviole du dauphiné, which is a kind of pasta filled with creme fraiche and cheese. You’ll find it in all good restaurants in Grenoble, including Café de la Table Ronde and Restaurant L'Épicurien. This region is also known for its blue cheese made to absolute perfection. Pair it with a beautiful glass of chartreuse, which is an ancient liqueur made in the region. Herbal and floral in taste, it was supposedly first created by an 18th-century monk to be used as a medicine. To experience authentic French wine while in Grenoble, head to Le Zinc, Le Quintessence, or A Saint Bruno. Given its location, Grenoble also has a range of authentic Italian and Swiss restaurants giving you options from abroad if you get bored of the local food scene. Don’t shy away from tasting the best that southeastern France has to offer though, even if it’s just a few walnuts.

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Top 6 Things To Do in Grenoble

Grenoble’s Old Town should be your first stop, taking in the ancient French building style. From here, you can access the Bastille and a number of museums, including the Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation, Musée de l’Ancien Évêché, the Dauphinois Museum, and the Archaeological Museum. This will get you up to speed with the fascinating history of the area. Outside of this, Grenoble is all about outdoor activities. Take the cable car up the mountain for winter skiing or head to the alpine lakes for one of the world’s most refreshing swimming sessions.

Appartement natal de Stendhal

14 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Grenoble

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Musée Stendhal

20 Grande Rue, Grenoble

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Le Magasin

8 Espl. Andry Farcy, Grenoble

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Dauphins Garden

24 Quai de France, Grenoble

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Grenoble Archaeological Museum

Place Saint-Laurent, Grenoble

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Grenoble Cathedral

Place Notre Dame, Grenoble

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