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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Where to stay

L'Olympe ADIJ
Hotel

L'Olympe ADIJ

Aix en Provence

This small hotel is located south, near the exit of the Pont de l'Arc, a few steps from CREPS. Parking, rooms with shower and toilet, telephone. The restaurant offers three buffets for a full meal. The hotel is not near the center, it requires a car for evenings in town.

Vendôme
Hotel

Vendôme

Aix en Provence

The Hôtel Vendôme, a two stars air conditionned hôtel, welcomes you in its comfortable rooms near the city center, 5mn walk.

Le Mazet
Holiday rental

Le Mazet

Aix en Provence

Située dans la campagne aixoise, à 1 km du centre ville (parking relais et ligne de bus à 100 m), maison de 85 m² sur 2 niveaux. Au RdC : Salon/séjour. Cuisine indépendante entièrement équipée (LV, MO). Salle de bain. 1 WC indépendant. Buanderie avec (Lave et sèche-linge). A l'étage :…

Novotel Aix-en-Provence Pont de l'Arc Fenouillères
Hotel

Novotel Aix-en-Provence Pont de l'Arc Fenouillères

Aix en Provence

Located in a very green area, alongside the Arc river, at the Novotel Aix en Provence, you are in the heart of Provence. The hotel is located 5 km away from the town centre. for business or pleasure, Novotel priorities are your comfort and well being. Garden, swimming-pool, terrace... Private &…

Le Mas d'Entremont
Hotel

Le Mas d'Entremont

Aix en Provence

Located on the hills of Aix en Provence, this charming 4 stars hotel with gastronomic restaurant offers you 6 suites, 2 apartments and 12 rooms, all with private terrace. Our gorgeous garden of one and a half hectare with ornamental lake, pond, fountains, water lily, antic columns gives the…

Le Vieux Moulin
Holiday rental

Le Vieux Moulin

Le Tholonet

A 3 km d'Aix en Provence, au Tholonet, T2 de 40m2 sur deux niveaux dans une maison du XVIII ème siècle sur une propriété de 7000m2. Endroit très calme et plein de charme, situé au bord de la rivière face aux vignobles de Château Simone (AOC Palette). La Maison est un ancien moulin à eau…

Escale Oceania Aix en Provence
Hotel

Escale Oceania Aix en Provence

Aix en Provence

The hotel is ideally located on the outskirts of Aix. it is very easy to reach, completely renovated and just 5-minute drive to the town centre. The hotel offers you all the modern comfort of a 3-star hotel: 90 rooms, a simple and convivial bar-lounge with catering, a fitness room, a swimming…

Les Hauts Pinchinats
Holiday rental

Les Hauts Pinchinats

Aix en Provence

A green and peaceful setting in the Hauts Pinchinats valley near Aix. Fine decoration. Very comfortable gite in a pine forest of 300 sq.m. Groundfloor : living-room/kitchen (microwave, washing-machine, TV/Satellite channels, DVD; Wi-Fi). Shower-room/toilet. 1st floor : 1 bedroom with a double bed…

Appart'hôtel Odalys Atrium
Resort

Appart'hôtel Odalys Atrium

Aix en Provence

Located in an important and dynamic part of the town, near the conference centre and the pedestrian streets of the town centre, this residence welcomes you to its charming and typical Provencal surroundings. A large lobby, breakfast room, meeting room and solarium are here to satisfy the…

Things to do

Pavillon Noir
Cultural place

Pavillon Noir

Aix en Provence

Le Pavillon Noir is a dance venue with four studios and a theatre where you can do the following all year: - watch shows by Angelin Preljocaj and guest theatre companies - have a drink with a choreographer during Apéro-danse - attend a guided tour of Le Pavillon Noir - watch public rehearsals,…

O Shannon
Bar / café

O Shannon

Aix en Provence

Irish pub

Collectif les Coquettes
Fashion / shopping

Collectif les Coquettes

Aix en Provence

Le collectif les Coquettes est né de 3 créatrices aixoises dont le but commun est de valoriser la création locale, dynamiser le " fait-main " et faire découvrir de jeunes marques locales. Dans leur popupstore store, vous trouverez une multitude d'idées dans les domaines de la déco,…

Bastide du Jas de Bouffan
Monument

Bastide du Jas de Bouffan

Aix en Provence

The Bastide is closed until 2019 for refurbishment. For lovers of Cezanne in France and around the world, as well as for the residents of Aix and Provence, the Jas de Bouffan estate, never before opened to the general public, is a fascinating attraction, a place which retains an aura of mystique…

Bastide
Fashion / shopping

Bastide

Aix en Provence

Bastide is an age-old brand from Aix-en-Provence that's been around for over 25 years. It makes and sells a range of perfume, toiletries and home fragrances. All its products are made using natural ingredients with 100% non-toxic formulas. Bastide strives to promote local expertise by having…

Thibault Chappe Photographie
Craftsman

Thibault Chappe Photographie

Aix en Provence

Thibault Chappe is a photographer in Aix-en-Provence. He takes photos for weddings, pregnancy, new-born babies, portraits, advertisements, events or illustrations. Thibault Chappe also organises photo lessons and courses for all levels.

Di Micheli Boutique
Fashion / shopping

Di Micheli Boutique

Aix en Provence

Ready-to-wear for men

Jacques Prévert theater
Cultural place

Jacques Prévert theater

Aix en Provence

Jacques Prevert theater.

First (homme)
Fashion / shopping

First (homme)

Aix en Provence

Ready-to-wear for women, and ready-to-wear for men. Shoe store.

Where to eat

Le Saint-Estève
Food guide restaurant

Le Saint-Estève

Le Tholonet

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Chez Féraud
Table 13

Chez Féraud

Aix en Provence

A fountain, an olive tree and a bower in the heart of historic Aix - Pagnol is everywhere here, from the prose to the plate. The Férauds are old-fashioned-style cooks and masters in the art of rustling up sea bass and lamb grills on the vine shoot fire, in a decor instilled with eternal…

Pierre Reboul
Food guide restaurant

Pierre Reboul

Aix en Provence

Michelin starred chef Pierre Reboul has left his gourmet restaurant in the center of Aix-en-Provence to open a new one in the heart of the Château La Pioline in a cozy and modern atmosphere. His peculiar cuisine and the best fresh seasonal products from the region and elsewhere.

Naruto
Food guide restaurant

Naruto

Aix en Provence

Naruto restaurant serves many sushis, tempuras and yakitoris, prepared with care by our Japanese chef. You will also find okonomiyaki, donburi and ramen, and many original home-made desserts.

Le Contrepoint
Table 13

Le Contrepoint

Aix en Provence

Ici, l'atmosphère rock et tatouages montre qu'elle rime aussi avec gourmandise. L'ardoise connaît bien ses classiques (camembert rôti, canard à l'orange et cassolette d'andouillette) mais ne s'interdit pas les envies moins académiques : burger corse, croque-madame XL... En plus, tout est…

Le Zinc d'Hugo
Food guide restaurant

Le Zinc d'Hugo

Aix en Provence

Over a glass of wine selected from dedicated growers, come and discover stylish cuisine made from local produce in a bistrot setting that blends modern and retro. Mediterranean cuisine using ingredients from the market. Wine bar.

La Chimère Café
Cuisine de Provence

La Chimère Café

Aix en Provence

The Chef offers homemade cuisine that revisits traditional cuisine. In addition to the menu and daily suggestions, La Chimère offers a vegetarian and vegan choice. The menu is renewed regularly according to seasons and arrivals. The restaurant is located in the former artisans' quarter and a…

Le Poivre d'Ane
Food guide restaurant

Le Poivre d'Ane

Aix en Provence

On Place des Cardeurs at the heart of the old town, in a dynamic and warm decor with a 1970s feel, the Le Poivre d'Ane restaurant provides diners with an inventive, daring cuisine. A lovely terrace bordered with bamboo awaits you in fine weather so you can make the most of the long summer evenings.

Lautre Restaurant
Food guide restaurant

Lautre Restaurant

Aix en Provence

The olive tree planted in the middle of the veranda says a lot about the authenticity of the olive oil-based cuisine (oil pressed at the Moulin d’Eguilles) served at this large establishment with garden, set in the town centre. With its lawn, flower beds and lush terrace, Lôtre Restaurant is a…

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Inspirations

Traditions, lifestyle, mediterranean cuisine

Almonds

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(Re)conquering Provence

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Fashion

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Lifestyle

Provence "à la mode"

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