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Discovering the Saint-Sever district

At the heart of Rouen’s Left Bank, the Saint-Sever district, famous for its shopping mall, is a major center of Rouen life. With its covered market, shopping streets, church and plans for a new Rouen train station, discover the assets of this district.

Saint-Sever shopping center

stores for the whole family

Inaugurated on October 23, 1978 by Rouen mayor Jean Lecanuet, the Centre Commercial Saint-Sever is one of the symbols of this district on Rouen’s left bank. Immortalized in Jean-Pierre Mocky’s film “À mort l’arbitre“, it quickly became one of Normandy’s busiest shopping centers.

Thanks to its shopping center, the Saint-Sever district is now Rouen’s second “city center”. It is home to around a hundred shops, as well as a cinema, a library and a mairie annexe. Accessible by public transport (bus or metro), the shopping center also has an underground pay parking lot with 1,800 spaces.

The covered market

in the Saint-Sever district

The quartier Saint-Sever is known for its many shops but also for its market, which takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays (dedicated to brocante) and Saturdays on the Place des Emmurées.

The name of this market obviously comes from the name of the square on which it is held, but above all from a former convent, the monastery of the Dominican Sisters, known as Emmurées. For a long time, the square was home to a parking lot, which was completely razed to make way for a new building. This new hall, designed by architect Arnaud Yver, is now home to the Left Bank Market since 2014.

Many events, such as concerts or vide-greniers, are regularly organized in this new living space.

Saint-Sever church

a beautiful religious building

Located just a few meters from the shopping center, the Saint-Sever church boasts architecture borrowed from the Renaissance and Classical styles. This brick-and-stone religious edifice features interesting period stained glass windows, as well as, in the transept, two beautiful roses with rather elaborate designs. The choir is adorned with a fine XIXth century high altar.

The current church is the fourth to be built on the same site, and was inaugurated by Rouen mayor Charles Verdrel in 1860. Today, it is at the heart of the Saint-Sever district, a must-see building for the many passers-by in the area.

National Institute

of Bakery and Pastry

The Institut National de la Boulangerie Pâtisserie (INBP) has been based in Rouen since 1974. Today, it is recognized as a model of excellence that shines on all five continents. In addition to a vast repertoire of short, diploma and specific training courses, the INBP also offers a wide choice of courses organized around 48 themes as diverse as special breads, pizza through to travel cakes or home-made pastries.

The transmission of knowledge is the responsibility of thirty trainers, including twenty Meilleurs Ouvriers de France and two champions of the world, the crème de la crème in short. On the strength of its accumulated experience, INBP is establishing itself as an international reference and developing exchanges with numerous partners spread across the globe. Students from Europe, Asia, South America and even the Middle East come to explore the world of French gastronomy and, more generally, a certain art de vivre.

The project

of New Station

There are many projects in Rouen, but if there’s one that’s eagerly awaited, it’s the new station. This is planned for Rouen’s quartier Saint-Sever, as part of the new Paris-Normandie line project, piloted by SNCF Réseau.

The Saint-Sever Nouvelle Gare project will also offer a mixed-use neighborhood, combining housing, offices and shopping, with excellent accessibility to the city center and the Metropolitan area.

This project is scheduled for 2030. The site chosen for the new station is the former SERNAM site near Pont Corneille. The rail line will then have to continue its route to Le Havre, passing under the Seine upstream of the Pont Flaubert.

It will eventually link Rouen to Paris (Gare Saint-Lazare) in 50 minutes and also improve connections with other Normandy conurbations.

Heritage lunches

neighborhood tours

Discover the history of the Saint-Sever district with guide-lecturers and the Ville et Pays d’Art et d’Histoire label during “midis patrimoine”.

These commented strolls last an hour and are free with registration. Various themes are covered at different times of the year.