Mazarin District

Aix en Provence - Site

This grid-pattern district was designed in the 17th century by Archbishop Mazarin, the Cardinal's brother. It was a "luxury housing estate" for members of Parliament and the bourgeoisie of the period, arranged around two main roads: rue Cardinale and rue du 4 Septembre.

Rue Cardinale: its name still recalls Archbishop Mazarin, who became a Cardinal. Its magnificent private mansions make it one of Aix's most attractive streets.

It crosses place de la fontaine des Quatre Dauphins the fountain dates from 1667 and was created by the sculptor Jean-Claude Rambot. Its circular basin is made of Sainte Beaume stone. Its four dolphins rest on waves with their fins raised, supporting the obelisk topped with pine cone, and illustrate the Baroque art that was so popular with Aix's nobility. The Mignet College where Paul Cezanne, Emile Zola, Darius Milhaud and many others have studied is also located in this street!

Rue Cardinale leads to the Church of Saint Jean de Malte and the Granet Museum.

The Church of Saint Jean de Malte stood on open ground before the construction of the Mazarin district it was the church of the Order of St John of Jerusalem (the future Order of Malta), established in Aix in the middle of the 12th century. It is designed in the Provençal Gothic style and has, above its nave, a 16th-century bell tower 67 metres high with an arrow at its top at sunset, its tapering proportions evoke the shape of a minaret. Next to the church is the Granet Museum, the city's art gallery.

The second thoroughfare of this district is rue du Quatre Septembre. This was the first street built when the city was enlarged. Mazarin named it rue Saint-Sauveur, after his church in Paris, but the locals called it rue des Quatre Dauphins, after the square it crossed.

In this street is the Arbaud Museum, named after its founder. In 1910 this erudite man bequeathed to the city of Aix one of the largest existing collections of Provençal pottery, and a large number of manuscripts and paintings. The Museum houses a regional library (closed for an indefinite period).
In the district ... rue Joseph Cabassol with Hôtel de Caumont built between 1715 and 1742 under the guidance of Georges Vallon for the Marquis of Cabanes, President of the Court of Auditors. It is now the Centre d'Art.

The district is crossed by Rue d'Italie, the oldest street in Aix, since it follows the route of the Aurelian Way where it entered the Roman colony.

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  2. Atmosph'R - Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hôtel

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  3. Best Western Le Galice

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  4. Molène - Mickaël Féval

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Where to stay

Hôtel du Globe
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Hôtel du Globe

Aix en Provence

This hotel is situated in the centre of the old town, near by the "Therms". The style is modern, it's a comfortable and charm hotel. There is a terrace on the roof. Private garage. You may ask for avalaibility. No smoking etablishment

Aparthotel Adagio
Resort

Aparthotel Adagio

Aix en Provence

The beautiful residence which combines style and comfort has a privilege location in the heart of the city. Pierre & Vacances City is situated nearby the great fountain "la Rotonde" and the famous Cours Mirabeau. At your disposal : laundrette, indoor car park on charge. Bar and restaurant close by.

Hôtel des Augustins
Hotel

Hôtel des Augustins

Aix en Provence

Just a few yards away from Cours Mirabeau, near the museums, theatres, shops and restaurants, the 3-star Hotel des Augustins is a site filled with history, combining modernity and serenity at the heart of Aix-en-Provence. The lobby (a converted 15th century chapel) and the 28 comfortable rooms…

Le Four des Banes - Chambre Verdon
B&B

Le Four des Banes - Chambre Verdon

Aix en Provence

Le Four des Banes est une maison d'hôtes de charme, à 5 minutes en voiture du Centre historique d'Aix en Provence. Une piscine dédiée aux hôtes uniquement. Hébergement au calme et dans la campagne aixoise. WIFI et Parking gratuit à disposition dans la propriété. La chambre Verdon est…

Hôtel particulier Le 28
B&B

Hôtel particulier Le 28

Aix en Provence

Set in Aix-en-Provence's Mazarin district, this historical mansion is just a 5 minute walk from the famous Cours Mirabeau. You can relax by the fireplace in the lounge or have a drink from the bar on the shaded patio. L'Hotel Particulier Le 28 offers rooms and suites with an iPod docking station…

Vendôme
Hotel

Vendôme

Aix en Provence

The Hôtel Vendôme offers you air conditioned, quiet and comfortable rooms, with TV satellite and free wifi. Situated at 5 minutes walk from city center. Garage on request with extra. The hotel closes at 11pm.

La Sauveté
B&B

La Sauveté

Aix en Provence

This Provencal farmhouse, with its plane trees and its courtyard is located at 3km from Aix-en-Provence city center. Stay in a warm and cozy bed and breakfast. Fabienne and Chritian welcome you close to the city center in the countryside, in a friendly and typical place with the colors of…

La Maison de Sylvianne
Holiday rental

La Maison de Sylvianne

Aix en Provence

In the countryside of Aix-en-Provence, face to fields, but only 5km from the city center, in a quiet environment, the House of Sylvianne is an architect's house with private pool and garden. The gite is adjacent to the owner's house. Qualitative Provencal decoration. On one level, the gîte opens…

Villa Palette d'Artiste
B&B

Villa Palette d'Artiste

Aix en Provence

Ideal accommodation to discover the Provence, Festivals or Hiking.

Things to do

Saint John Perse Foundation
Cultural place

Saint John Perse Foundation

Aix en Provence

The Saint John Perse Foundation conserves and exhibits the collections bequeathed to the city of Aix en Provence in 1975 by the poet who was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1960. Alexis Leger, a leading European diplomat, was born in Pointe à Pitre, Guadeloupe, in 1887 and died in…

Théâtre du Bois de l'Aune
Cultural place

Théâtre du Bois de l'Aune

Aix en Provence

Théâtre du Bois de l'Aune explores the art of theatre in all its forms. The theatre is based in the Jas de Bouffan area in Aix-en-Provence and stands out as a setting for artistic and mutual mentorship weaving connections between the locals and up-and-coming or renowned artists from home and…

Syndicat  AOC  Huile d'olive d'Aix en Provence
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Syndicat AOC Huile d'olive d'Aix en Provence

Aix en Provence

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Au fil des matières
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Au fil des matières

Aix en Provence

Interior design shop and upholsterer workshop in Aix-en-Provence.

Le petit souk
Souvenirs shopping

Le petit souk

Aix en Provence

General store whith a selection of decoration and furniture, clothes or accessories for children.

Sessun
Fashion / shopping

Sessun

Aix en Provence

Ready-to-wear for women

Yellow Studio
Craftsman

Yellow Studio

Aix en Provence

Photographer

Pain de Sucre
Fashion / shopping

Pain de Sucre

Aix en Provence

Ready-to-wear for women

Be by Cat
Craftsman

Be by Cat

Aix en Provence

Be by Cat is an Aix brand of bohemian style jewellery which navigates between the islands and the city. Keshis, Tahitian pearls, are a source of inspiration. The designer, Cat, likes to break the mould. The raw materials such as pyrite or lava flirt with the softness of the keshis and…

Where to eat

Atmosph'R - Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hôtel
Food guide restaurant

Atmosph'R - Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hôtel

Aix en Provence

Le chef Arnaud Davin avait envie de "France" : de retour des îles, il arrivet en Provence pour reprendre la brasserie chic du tout nouveau cinq étoiles aixois, le Mariott Renaissance. Au « Comptoir », bistrot au décor chic - bois sombre, banquettes design et suspensions glamour -, des…

Bastide du Cours
Food guide restaurant

Bastide du Cours

Aix en Provence

Ideally located on Cours Mirabeau in the heart of Aix en Provence, La Bastide du Cours provides a wonderfully warm and relaxed setting. As for the food, our chef, Charly Valdez and his team invite you to travel....his creative cuisine is inspired by flavours from all over the world, blended with…

Restaurant Les Inséparables
Food guide restaurant

Restaurant Les Inséparables

Aix en Provence

Christophe (Chef de cuisine/co-gérant) et Mathias (second de cuisine/associé) mettront tout en oeuvre pour régaler autant vos papilles que vos yeux avec une cuisine gastronomique de produits frais. Mathieu (Responsable de salle/co-gérant) quant à lui sera là pour vous accueillir et tout…

Villa Gallici
Food guide restaurant

Villa Gallici

Aix en Provence

A few minutes' walk from the historic centre, this luxury 18th-century Provençal house offers 16 bedrooms and 6 suites, all air-conditioned and individually decorated with LED TV, mini bar and safe. Gourmet restaurant, specialities: Provençal stuffed vegetables, courgette fritters in summer.…

Brasserie Léopold
Food guide restaurant

Brasserie Léopold

Aix en Provence

Discover the Léopold brasserie, with its Provençal specialities and brasserie food. On the ground floor of Hôtel Saint Christophe, the brasserie has meeting rooms and offers study day and conference formulas. Wifi and audiovisual equipment available for customers.

Le Garde Manger
Cuisine de Provence

Le Garde Manger

Aix en Provence

300m² café on the site of the long-defunct Bistrot Aixois. New York feel with a cosy first floor lounge. Available to hire for meetings or seminars. Le Garde-Manger serves cake and warm pastries for breakfast from 7.30am. It serves hot dishes and salads of the day for lunch that are made on…

Campanile Aix-en-Provence Sud - Pont de l'Arc - Gril
Cuisine de Provence

Campanile Aix-en-Provence Sud - Pont de l'Arc - Gril

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Five minutes from the city centre, on the banks of the Arc river, enjoy the restaurant's tranquillity and traditional cuisine with unlimited buffets. The restaurant was renovated in March 2011.

Le Bar 1924 - Le Pigonnet
Cuisine de Provence

Le Bar 1924 - Le Pigonnet

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The new Bar and Bistrot located in the Le Pigonnet hotel offers a cosy and intimate atmosphere, as well as a cognac and cigar lounge. Just step in and sample the cocktails and fine wines in a welcoming setting, with the Chef's generous dishes and conviviality and a menu which changes daily.…

Mitch
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Mitch

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Chef serves modern dishes made using fresh produce in Aix-en-Provence old town.

Inspirations

Calissons

Calissons

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The pizza

When a tourist comes to Marseille, one of the first things they have to eat is the local speciality: Pizza!

The Olive

The Olive

Terroir

Olive oil, olive soap and olives with herbs… A fruit you can't do without!

The Sun

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Sunshine, one of the fundamentals of life in the South…