Luxury shopping tour in Aix-en-Provence by Les Marseillaises
Shopping in the footsteps of bloggers
Enjoy shopping, art and gastronomy with a break right in the heart of Aix-en-Provence.
Aix-en-Provence, a small, legendary town in the South of France that has inspired painters from all over the world, is still welcoming upmarket boutiques, which never fail to catch tourists’ attention. Here is our itinerary for visiting some of Aix’s most luxurious addresses.
7 Rue Fabrot 13100 Aix-en-Provence
Accessories, the key to style
The door of this boutique opens onto a fine selection of shoes and bags, on the first floor there is a large, well-lit area where you can take the time to choose your purchase in peace. You might just find that luxurious item your wardrobe has been waiting for!
8, rue de l'Ancienne Madeleine 13100 Aix-en-Provence
Spoil yourself with a precious gift
The Pellegrin business has existed for five generations. Drawing on the spirit of the founding family, Agnès Pellegrin reinvents models that display a subtle elegance and are uniquely refined, all in perfect harmony with the finest jewellery tradition. This boutique, which is close to the Aix courthouse, has both a jewellery and clock making workshop.
24 Rue Fabrot 13100 Aix-en-Provence
A front runner since 1966
Fashion trendsetter since the ‘60s, the Gago boutique has always known how to make room for young, refined designers alongside major recognised brands. A clever mix of pieces, including off-the-peg clothes, accessories and jewellery, all artistically displayed and constantly at the forefront of trends and fashion.
21 Rue Fabrot 13100 Aix-en-Provence
Luxury, calm and refinement
In the heart of the Rue Fabrot, fans of noble materials and elegant lines will find what they are looking for in this luxury multi-brand boutique. Here you will find items such as off-the-peg clothes, leather goods and designer accessories to discover at your leisure.
La Grande Boutique
7 Rue de la Glacière 13100 Aix-en-Provence
Where boho meets rock.
To unearth a trendy designer item, go to the Grande Boutique, a 200m2 concept store that opened in 2006 in Aix-en-Provence. Arranged in the style of a New York loft, the boutique has opted for a 1950s and 1960s inspired decor to display the boho and rock influenced "must-haves".
22 Rue Espariat 13100 Aix-en-Provence
A luxury institution
In 1983 the first Di Micheli boutique opened in the Rue Espériat. There are now a dozen shops between Aix-en-Provence and Marseille. A prominent address with a wide range of top brands, off-the-peg clothing for both men and women along with the warm hospitality has made this an institution!
Côté Cour Restaurant
19 Cours Mirabeau 13100 Aix-en-Provence
The food critic’s favourite
In the heart of Aix-en-Provence, the Top Chef finalist Ronan Kernen opened a restaurant in the Cours Mirabeau at the end of 2010. It is Gault & Milau’s favourite restaurant and it can also be found in the Michelin Guide. It is in a delightful setting with a winter garden and where the food and wines of Provence can be enjoyed in a calm, relaxed atmosphere.
Centre d’art Caumont
3 Rue Joseph Cabassol 13100 Aix-en-Provence
Parisian architecture a short walk from the Cours Mirabeau
The Caumont art centre has been open since last May and has a wonderful cultural programme highlighting fine arts. It took the place of the Aix en Provence Music Conservatory in this XVIII century former private mansion. Our recommendation: take the time to have tea and cake in the garden at the Café Caumont!
Place St-Jean-de-Malte 13100 Aix-en-Provence
A feast for the eyes!
Because a visit to an exhibition of well-known artists from the 19th and 20th century is always essential to be able to get a feel of the cultural landscape of a town, a visit to the Granet Museum is highly recommended. The museum, open since 1838, houses temporary exhibitions that are highly appreciated by the public.
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For this weekend tour inspired by contemporary art, start with a visit to the MAC, Marseille's museum of contemporary art. Next, go and soak up the unique atmosphere at the Friche Belle de Mai cultural complex. For lunch, fresh and creative cuisine awaits you at the Grandes Tables de la Friche. Then it's onwards to the FRAC before a visit to the library archives. On day two, make your way to Aix-en-Provence where exploring the Fondation Vasarely will take up most of your morning. At midday, your appetite will be pleasingly sated at La Pioline before you venture off to Arles to visit the Fondation Van Gogh, a gem of an arts institution.
Aix's museums and art centres
No cultural tour of Aix-en-Provence would be complete without a visit to the Granet Museum in the Mazarin district. A little further along, step through the doors of the Hôtel de Gallifet to spot fresh talents on the contemporary art scene. In between art museums, enjoy a feast for the eyes and the palate at Mickaël Féval, a real treat for the senses! Your lunch break over, mix the old and the new by visiting the Caumont Arts Centre followed by the Fondation Vasarely.
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The "Porte d’Arles" gives us direct access to the historical centre, which is well worth a visit. I suggest starting by the Tourist Office. This decidedly contemporary building reflects the spirit of the town at the crossroads of tradition and modernity. We will do a little shopping and then take a cultural and gourmet break. We will take a quiet stroll in the Etang de l’olivier gardens before going the other side to the Etang de Berre for a bite to eat.
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