TOP 10 SUNDAY BRUNCHES IN PROVENCE
It's not always easy to find something to do on Sundays and we often hover between wanting to spend the day lounging from bed to sofa, or making the most of it before work on Monday. So, because we don't want you to feel bad about that "I didn't do anything" syndrome any more, here's a Brunch & Exhibition programme to wake you up gently (the Sunday lie-in is obligatory after all) and get you strolling around the area's best museums for an hour or two.
Our Brunch & Exhibition programme is:
- Relaxed and flavourful, to be savoured with family, friends or your partner
- Cosy and feel-good
- Ideal if it's raining and great out on the terrace in fine weather
ON YOUR OWN OR WITH PALS
Maison Nosh & Hôtel de Caumont in Aix-en-Provence
Everything at Maison Nosh is home-made. You can choose from two Brunch menus, at €19 or €16, sporting fresh fruit juices, milkshakes and hot drinks (it's the place to be if you're a chai latte fan), muesli, pancakes and bona fide English muffins with eggs and bacon, salmon or veggie-style.
Cantine de Nour & Palais Longchamp in Marseille
Nour d’Egypte is an associative Egyptian cultural centre. And as there's no better way to immerse yourself in a culture than through its food, you'll find a fabulous, casual and very welcoming restaurant there: the Cantine de Nour, where you can enjoy a unique-in-Marseille Egyptian brunch every Sunday. The sweet and savoury treats on offer are just incredible, with an array of tabbouleh, falafels, samosa, fabulous salads, aubergine caviar, hummus, loukoums, stuffed dates and light, yummy oriental pastries, all washed down with mint tea, rose cordial or press-it-yourself orange juice. Simply delicious and all for €17, with a terrace to boot when the weather is fine.
>>>> Sundays from 11.30 a.m.to 5 p.m. We recommend booking during the week for Sundays.
After brunch, enjoy a walk up Boulevard de la Libération to Palais Longchamp to take in an exhibition at the Fine Arts or Natural History Museum.
Le Rendez-Vous Aixois + Musée Granet
Le Rendez-Vous Aixois serves an excellent "as much as you can eat" sweet & savoury buffet brunch for €26, with classics such as pastries, pancakes and eggs, together with seasonal inspirations and fresh fare. Situated a stone's throw from Cours Mirabeau, near La Rotonde fountain, the venue also offers a pretty, sunny terrace perfect for fine days (i.e. virtually all year round).
>>>> Served until 3.30 p.m.
Marion’s Cup Cake & Maison Nostradamus in Salon-de-Provence
Fancy a change of scene? With its candy pink decor and girly, English-style ambience, Marion's Cup Cake is an ideal choice for an outing with the girls. The weekend brunches are plentiful, with scrambled eggs, raw vegetables, savoury toasts and drop-dead desserts like the carrot cake or lemon meringue verrine. Whether your tooth is sweet, savoury or both, you can eat your fill for €15 to €20.
>>>> Open Sundays from 10.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Literally just a minute away and open on Sundays until 6 p.m. , don't miss a visit to the house of the famous astrologer and physician Nostradamus, who lived there from 1547 to 1566.
Bouches-du-Rhône inhabitants: the MyProvence Pass offers 2 visits for the price of 1! It is free of charge and instantly downloadable!
CHILLING WITH ALL THE FAMILY
Brunch in the Park
Café Borely & Musée des Arts Déco, de la Faïence et de la Mode
Sit back and relax in the courtyard around the ancient pond or in one of the beautiful rooms of this ancient house and listen to the sound of silence... This countrified address is set bang in the heart of Marseille. An eco-friendly caterer and fervent ecologist, Ariel Lorin cooks only local, seasonal and mainly organic ingredients, bought directly from producers. Every Sunday, her €29 brunch awaits you with a tempting line-up of savoury treats (salads, cheese crisps, vegetable fritters, hot & cold soups, etc.), together with pastries, yoghurts, fruit, cheeses and charcuterie.
Added extra: children are welcome, served mini portions and are free to play in the courtyard. There's also plenty of space for prams.
>>>> All day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Just opposite, don't miss the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, de la Faïence et de la Mode.
Châteaux d’Estoublon & Châteaux de Montauban in Fontvieille
Le Bistrot Mogador is Château d’Estoublon must-do eatery. This acclaimed wine and olive estate offers a stunning stop-off at the foot of the Alpilles mountain range. And what with the ducks and frogs in the lake and outdoor playground, the kids are in for a blast too. Passionate about Provence, vines and olives, Chef Patrick Bry concocts typical Mediterranean cuisine using fresh market produce. Don't miss the Grand Brunch every Sunday and bank holiday, served outside in summer and in the wine shop in winter, offering a fabulous spread of meat, fish, cheeses and desserts paired – naturellement – with house wines.
Make the most of your excursion to visit Château de Montauban and its museum dedicated to Provencal author Alphonse Daudet and the paintings of Léo Lelée, famed for his portraits of Arlesian women in costume dress.
Les Gens Heureux & Le Jardin d’Eguilles
Set inside an ancient olive oil mill in Eguilles, Les Gens Heureux is a trendy, organic wine shop-come-bookshop-come-wine bar-come-kids' corner-come café, open daytimes and evenings. And Sunday is brunchtime for everyone !
After poring over the books, hungry punters enjoy a spot of wine tasting paired with cheese or ham platters followed by sweet treats, while kids have fun playing, drawing, doodling and even reading – yes, it does happen! - in their own corner...
>>>> Sunday brunch 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tucked away in the village centre, the Jardin d'Eguilles is the perfect place for an after-brunch stroll. Spanning 950 m², this gorgeous garden abounds with luxuriant vegetation, interspersed with the works of contemporary sculptor Max Sauze.
LUXURY WITH YOUR LOVED ONE
Cabro d’Or & Carrières de Lumières in Les Baux-de-Provence
An exceptional setting for an exceptional brunch at the foot of the medieval village of Les Baux-de-Provence… La Cabro d'Or is one of two restaurants forming part of the five-star hotel Oustau de Baumanière. In this refreshing, countrified setting, in the shade of mulberry trees, sweet and savoury dishes join hands to delight guests with a gastronomic brunch to remember. The tranquil, refined atmosphere is absolutely ideal if you're planning a romantic Sunday... Just see for yourself with our video.
Continue your voyage of the senses with a full immersion at the Carrières de Lumières multimedia exhibition space. The Picasso and the Spanish Masters show in 2018 promises to be truly dazzling.
Orangerie de Fonscolombe & Château La Coste
Recently converted into a five-star hotel, the sumptuous Château de Fonscolombe is a listed monument and true marvel of Provencal architecture. Served in the first floor dining room, overlooking the vines and grounds, the Château de Fonscolombe brunch is definitely an experience to remember: a gastronomic menu served in mini portions, featuring a myriad of sweet & savoury delicacies served with freshly-squeezed fruit juices and out-of-this-world teas and coffees. A fabulous way to discover Provence's finest specialities.
>>>> Brunch on Sundays only, from 11.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. Brunch price €42
From one Chateau to another... Make the most of your stay in Puy-Sainte-Réparade to visit the extraordinary Château La Coste and tour its contemporary art walk in the vines. An absolute must.
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