Discover Le Hangar à bananes à Nantes France

Evoking the Caribbean at the port, the 'Hangar à Bananes' has recently become the place to be in Nantes. Until June 2007 it was still only Hangar 21, Quai des Antilles, in an unused zone on the western end of the Isle of Nantes. The name doesn't just come from anywhere, though, because it is here that bananas imported from the West Indies and Ivory Coast were stocked and left to ripen until the 1970s. Within the framework of the great redevelopment plan for the Isle of Nantes, the hangar was reassigned a new life as a festive place by becoming a home to bars, restaurants and a nightclub. A unique view of the Sainte Anne hill, the village of Trentemoult, the Quai de la Fosse, and the furiously post-modern architecture of the barely restored abandoned hangar, in addition to the nearness of the Machines of the Isle, quickly made it a huge success. It has replaced Place du Bouffay as the place to have a pre-dinner drink!
The hangar is rather far from the centre of Nantes. The most pleasant way to reach it is by taking the tram to the 'Gare maritime' (line 1) stop and then transferring to the navibus, which crosses the Loire and deposits you right in front of the hangar (in summer only).
Facing the hangar, 18 rings running along the Quai des Antilles are lit up with colourful lights in the evening. These we owe to Daniel Buren, whose many artworks include a sculpture in the great courtyard of the Palais-Royal in Paris.

  • Le Hangar à bananes à Nantes , Hangar à bananes (banana warehouse) in Nantes , France
    Hangar à bananes (banana warehouse) in Nantes

    With the tiniest ray of sunshine, the terraces become packed full.

    © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
  • Le Hangar à bananes à Nantes , Partying at the hangar , France
    Partying at the hangar

    Just a few steps from the hangars that have been transformed into festive and convivial places, other warehouses are closed or have retained their initial purpose in the port of Nantes.

    © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
  • Le Hangar à bananes à Nantes , A bar in Nantes , France
    A bar in Nantes

    The old port of Nantes is home to bars, restaurants, and a nightclub.

    © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
  • Le Hangar à bananes à Nantes , The Isle of Nantes project , France
    The Isle of Nantes project

    The site was renovated as part of the big 'Isle of Nantes' project, which also includes the Machines of the Isle and old naval yards.

    © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
  • Le Hangar à bananes à Nantes , The Rings of Buren , France
    The Rings of Buren

    Facing the hangar along the Quai des Antilles, Daniel Buren conceived a succession of 18 rings.

    © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
  • Le Hangar à bananes à Nantes , A view of the old port of Nantes , France
    A view of the old port of Nantes

    The Quay des Antilles offers an unbeatable view of the Quai de la Fosse and the old port of Nantes on the opposite shore.

    © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
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