Top addresses in Aix-en-Provence right now!
Springtime in Provence, the May long weekends and Nicolas de Staël exhibition at Hôtel de Caumont are all great reasons to spend a weekend in Aix-en-Provence. If you're wondering what to see and what the town's must-do addresses are, you've come to the right place!
Shops, restaurants, sights and exhibitions... Or how to plan a great city break in Aix-en-Provence, the capital of the calisson candy.
Our current cultural pick
Pending the opening of the new Picasso Museum in Aix-en-Provence in 2021, we recommend visiting the Picasso – Picabia, histoire de peinture show at Musée Granet from June 9th. And if you're a Picasso fan, stay with us because here are 6 reasons to see Picasso's work in Provence in 2018.
Opt for a relaxing stroll in the gardens of the Caumont art centre during the May long weekends and don't miss a visit to the Nicolas de Staël en Provence exhibition.
Above all, make sure you get to see the public rehearsals of the Ballet Preljocaj before you leave town – a unique opportunity and privileged chance to discover the work of the choreographer and his dancers. Tip: seats are limited, so book ahead!
Today's top tables
The second address of Michelin star-rated Chef Mickaël Féval and his wife Olivia, Restaurant Molène, is Aix's top new address for shellfish and fish. So if you're a seafood fan, look no further!
Les Fils à Maman is a new restaurant and part of a chain serving traditional, old-fashioned French cuisine. The recipe? "Simple, tasty and tempting food made with authentic produce". The atmosphere and decoration are fabulous too. It might just bring restaurant chains up in your esteem!
La Gottega da Verri is more than a simple restaurant. A caterer, deli and restaurant, everything here is totally delicious and 100% Italian! Their tiramisu has seduced the locals and we think you'll love it too!
Streets to roam in Aix-en-Provence
Aix-en-Provence literally overflows with great addresses, so we recommended simply roaming the old paved streets to discover its many pretty boutiques, excellent Provencal eateries and festive venues.
Rue Granet, lined with gorgeous shops and sporting a village atmosphere. You'll find a wine bar, restaurants and decoration shops here, to name but a few.
Rue Loubon, just behind Rue Granet, is a favourite haunt for locals, home to many bookshops including Le cercle des arts, a café-come-bookshop specialized in art books. And if the walk has made you peckish, settle down at Chez Féraud for a delicious "Soupe au Pistou", "Daube" stew, "Supions" squid and other typical Provencal dishes.
If you're here to party, Rue de la Verrerie is home to many bars and pubs and is a favourite haunt for students. If you're seeking something a little more "caliente", we definitely recommend Rue Félix Gaut, offering plenty of yummy Latin-style eateries including La Cita, an excellent tapas and sangria restaurant that whisks you straight off to Spain. El Bolero, La Cantina and L’Empanadas Club are also must-do addresses.
Trendy shopping addresses
Aix-en-Provence has no cause to envy Marseille when it comes to shopping and is home to dozens of designer, craft and decoration boutiques... In short, the ideal town for a shopping spree with the girls while you're in Provence!
Pending the Vivre Coté Sud interior design fair, hop over to Cink, where you'll find the latest hype objects to give your home a facelift. The shop also recently launched a fabulous collection of Indian fabrics. A definite must!
If you're hunting for unique local designer objects, bags and clothing, the town is home to several concept stores. Here are just two:
-Aix'ellence Créateurs in Rue Granet. A myriad of gift ideas including stylish Arabic scarves and espadrilles.
-Les Coquettes collective has just opened a pop-up store at 24 Rue Jacques de la Roque. A must-do address if you want to stay on point all summer long!
For more shopping addresses in Aix-en-Provence, check out our tours created by local bloggers Anaïs & Pedro and Les Marseillaises.
Our recommendations to fully enjoy the Nomadic European Biennial
Manifesta will take place for the first time in France, in Marseille from the 28th of August until the 29th of November 2020. The Nomadic European Biennial will also extend to the whole Region Sud. Enjoy an arty stay in Provence !
The "Sentier Provence, mines d'énergies" (Provence Energy Mine Trail) is a new GR® long-distance footpath crossing 14 towns in the Pays d’Aix and Pays d’Aubagne areas. The trail is divided into 3 itineraries (42 km, 45 km and 66 km) and also includes 13 local loops.
From the producer to the bag
What's the best thing to bring back from your holiday in Provence? And what souvenir from the South should we take if we're visiting friends or family elsewhere? We won't be offering you a classic little tour of the souvenir shops this time, so let's head off to meet the local producers and craftspeople instead!
" Place your bets ! "
Las Vegas, Monaco and Atlantic City are simply overrated. On the other hand, Carry-le-Rouet, Cassis, La Ciotat and Aix-en-Provence all have lots of sightseeing attractions - plus casinos!
To cater to this new generation of residents and tourists, we simply had to hunt down some on-point addresses: modern and offbeat, architectural and arty, never-before-seen and places to be seen.
Our pick of spas and wellness centres in Provence
we are giving you our top pick of addresses so you can enjoy some TLC everywhere you go in Provence!
Discover our guide to Provence's top craft beers is packed with local flavours, such as honey, lavender and chestnuts
Get a new angle on Port-Saint-Louis !
We set the date with Gérard Jourdan, a honey producer based in Auriol, who can't wait to introduce us to his job and passion for bees...
Special itineraries and guides for touring the Bouches-du-Rhône by bike!
Time to eat outside
Picnics are a great way to escape from routine and spend some quality time with friends, family or your partner. Whether you opt for the seaside, a park or vineyard, they are an ode to simple pleasures and sharing.