The terraces of Provence

Publié le 6 August 2017 Mis à jour le 7 May 2018

From the Alpilles to the Côte Bleue coast, Aix-en-Provence to Arles and Aubagne to Cassis and La Ciotat, discover the best spots for enjoying your morning coffee on a terrace or on Marseille's buzzing Vieux-Port (Old Port). Test our top tips for a business lunch with sea or garden views, an aperitif with friends on a bar terrace in Aix or up in the treetops, or a romantic dinner on the shaded terrace of a top-notch restaurant. And especially, don't hesitate to share your 'top terrace tips' with us at http://bonsplans.myprovence.fr/fr/)

Morning coffee on a café terrace

Get your fill of sea air in the morning – that's our Myprovence tip! Whether you're travelling alone or with friends or family, meet up for coffee on a terrace in Marseille, La Ciotat, Aix-en-Provence or on Cassis port to lap up the delicious smells of morning brews and croissants.

  • A Parisian watering hole? Nope, this one is 100% Made in Marseille! Café de la Banque is a great place to enjoy a coffee, read a book and chat with friends out on the sunny terrace in all seasons.

  • Café le Grillon on Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence is the place to go if you like people-watching while sipping an espresso or cup of tea.

  • If you're on the coast, head to a port to enjoy the morning fish market and settle down at a café terrace to appreciate this typical Mediterranean scene in a picturesque decor. Cassis's port is a great way to start the day, before heading off for some scuba diving or a games of boules.

  • If you're not a morning person, you'll enjoy adventuring into the lanes of La Ciotat for brunch at Café de l’Horloge.

Lunching with family or friends

In Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Aix-en-Provence or Marseille, take the prettiest squares, sprinkle them with terraces, pour on some sunshine and heat gently. Add some varied, seasonal menus and season with spicy discussions. Bon appétit!

  • At lunchtime, do like the locals and head to Café de la Place in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

  • Place des Cardeurs in Aix-en-Provence features a host of pretty terraces for lapping up the sunshine and savouring a tasty mixed salad.Share your restaurant terrace tips for business lunches or eating with friends in Aix-en-Provence with us at http://bonsplans.myprovence.fr/fr/.

  • Rest your feet at Regards Café and admire the vistas over the sea, MuCEM museum and Fort Saint-Jean. This simply has to be one of Marseille's prettiest decors. Summer plusses? The 'Suivez Notre Regards' evenings held on the new outdoor terrace of the Musée Regards de Provence to prolong the feast for the eyes until dawn...

  • There's no terrace here but a magnificent garden instead for a chic country lunch in Camargue. Set between wetlands and rice fields, book a seat now at the gastronomic restaurant La Chassagnette

'A Pastis please!'

In Provence, the star of the aperitif is Pastis. It is traditionally serves 'à la marseillaise', i.e. one volume of pastis and five volumes of chilled water with ice. Between the plane trees, little squares, fountains and narrow lanes so typical of the towns and villages of Provence, you'll find a host of addresses for trying out a 'mauresque' (pastis and barley cordial), 'perroquet' (pastis and mint cordial) or 'tomate' (pastis and grenadine cordial).

  • If you're a fan of football and pastis alike, don't miss the matches broadcast on the terrace of the Bar des PTT – a genuine institution in Aix-en-Provence.

  • An alternative to pastis, but just as popular, is beer. Enjoy a refreshing brew, topped with a festive atmosphere and live music on the terrace of the Evans pub in Martigues.

  • The other star of the aperitif in Provence is – naturellement - wine. Red or white are the favourites in winter, a nice chilled rosé in summer. The shaded terrace of the Ouvre Boîte in Arles is a top meeting place for evening drinks with friends and serves tapas too.

  • If you're seeking a trendy, novel ambience with plenty of nibbles to boot, invite your friends for a treetop cocktail in Aubagne.

Restaurant with sea or garden views for a romantic dinner

Between Mediterranean Sea and stunning countryside, Provence is home to some of the finest venues for a romantic dinner out on a terrace and idyllic evening. Just follow the guide!

  • In a sumptuous setting overlooking the Med, La Villa Madie in Cassis serves succulent dishes with a sea orientation – just like its terrace.

  • Although rooftop venues are in vogue, our top tip for a romantic dinner and starry evening during the Marseille Jazz Festival is the Sofitel terrace.

  • A unique and majestic decor (in the hollow of Sainte Victoire mountain), exquisite cuisine and breathtaking views – what more can we say about the terrace of the Relais de Saint-Ser in Puyloubier.

  • Set right out in the Aix countryside, the terrace of Mas de Fauchon promises to turn your romantic dinner into an unforgettable escapade. You can even prolong the pleasure by booking a room.

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