The tarta Tropézienne is a specialty of the city whose name immediately brings us to think about the gendarmerie, the luxury boutiques. It's a famous dessert created after World War II by Alexandre Micka, ve was responsible for feeding the crew of the film "And God Created Woman" by Brigitte Bardot. It wasn't until the 70s when the tart Tropézienne became famous throughout Europe. This dessert consisting of a pie covered in custard and vanilla cream and dusted with sugar. It's a treat you can't miss. So much so that you can find it throughout the Riviera, and in any restaurant in town. But I recommend tasting a piece on the terrace of tearoom Lices Square. And then at least one more during your stay!
Le Lutrin is the restaurant of the Palais des Papes Hotel in the beautiful Palace Square directly across from the iconic Palace of the Popes. They serve regional food from Provence: Mediterranean flavors with plenty of vegetables, fish, and olive oil. Things like oysters with leek sauce, snails, foie gras, in short, classics of French cuisine. It's not a cheap place. There is a slightly more intimate terrace on the other side of the hotel. You should plan on spending at least 50 euros per person. You can try dishes like the fisherman-style Bourride or the Chateaubriand for two people. At lunchtime it's a bit cheaper, with includes classics like Daube of beef or codfish in aioli. Entree and dessert for 25 euros, or 12.50 euros for a single plate.
L'empreinte restaurant is located on a quiet street of dyers of Avignon. It is right between two ancient walls of the city, in one of the most beautiful streets of Avignon. On one side of the street is the church and on the other is the river. The church makes a beautiful noise while you are eating in the small room. During the summer, also they also install a terrace for eating out. The inside is a warm décor, and has a half dozen tables. It is an oriental food place that offers mostly Moroccan specialties. You can ask to take the food to go and there is a discount on the menu price. There is a cuscous meat, spicy sausage "merguez" chicken, tagines are also hot beef broth. It is generally accompanied with semolina and mix sweet and savory flavors. They offer something called pill, which is a festive dish, a large round cake with pigeon meat and ground almond on top. It is a highly prized delicacy that is usually served at weddings. You will be pleased with the staff as they very nice kind and helpful throughout your meal.
Le Palais Royal (or Royal Palace) is a nice restaurant in Plaza de la Mirande, in the south of Palace of the Popes. If you go inside the palace, Plaza de la Mirande is where you will leave after the visit (to exit the store). It's a simple restaurant with a beautiful terrace, it is very small, intimate and in the square next to Roman ruins dating from the first century. Their noon menu includes appetizer and second or second and dessert for 14.50 euros. Arugula salad with fresh tuna, Provencal birds or salmon carpaccio are examples of appetizers, for seconds wok chicken, filet of sole, beef carpaccio and always a varied seasonal dish of the day. It's quite good and the service is fast. The caramel dessert is delicious.
New Ground is a little bit more modern restaurant in the historic downtown center of Avignon. It has a small terrace, not as nice as some of the ones in surrounding squares because here you're on the commercial street and a lot of people are passing by and doing some shopping. The dining room is good. There's a provincial menu for about 22 euros and it includes a trout and mango pate, a plate of roast rabbit with vanilla and a dessert of clementine and rose pie. The dishes here are very original and they come with a great presentation. There are people ve don't appreciate rare flavors, the mix of sweet and sour, and they probably won't like it.
I recommend the turkey breast with terriyaki sauce pintxos and the Chinese pasta.
Tapalocas is a tapas restaurant located on Garlande street in historic downtown Avignon. The tapas are 2.70 euros each. Cold tapas include gazpacho, chickpeas with basil, coca peppers, cheese, olives, and basic meat and cheese plates (you are in France after all) and the place looks original. Hot tapas include fried cuttlefish, fried squid, prawns, fish-cakes, fried fish, and snails. The drinks are a bit expensive, around 15 euros for a bottle of wine, while the horchata is three euros and the beer more than 4. All in all, a full dinner runs about 20 euros / person. There is good music and a lively atmosphere on the weekend. Outside, there's a terrace and inside a large room with a bar.
Le Phare is a creperie. We weren't particularly looking to eat crepes, but when we saw the warm decor and the smiling waitress, we had to go inside. They have a charming terrace overlooking the church of the Cordeliers and the River Sorgues. It is a semi-pedestrianised street - the only cars allowed are those belonging to local residents. We ordered a three cheese salad, and if it came with supermarket cheese instead of rich cheeses of the region, we can not fault the price: you get a huge bowl of salad for 7 euros. We also ordered a plate that came full of hams, sausages, pates and terrines for 4 euros, an ideal snack to share. Nice for a cheap meal.
This is a nice little bar in the Place des Corps Sains, in the historic centre of Avignon. Here you can relax on the large terrace. There's some traffic, but not enough to be a bother. The terrace is next to the square's fountain. Inside, the bar has classic French decor, and is a neighbourhood bar with great atmosphere during cocktail hour, between 6 and 9 pm. They also serve some finger food. It's quite cheap, as it's not in a tourist area. They get more French than foreigners. Named after the beautiful convent that stands in the square, Les Célestins.
The Número 75 is a very nice restaurant in historic downtown Avignon. It's not cheap, but the atmosphere is exceptional. It's in an old, renovated house with a courtyard and lots of plants, perfect for a romantic dinner. There's also a gallery which had a series by an American photographer ve had there for 30 years. The evening menu with appetizers, entrees, and desserts goes for 32 euros, or 26 euros for two courses only. The prices on the menu are similar. The fresh pasta with prawns or ham is very good and at only 14 euros, makes for a complete dinner. For 24 euros, they also add a salad, dessert and glass of wine. The salads are very delicate and are made primarily with local ingredients and Italian dried meats, cheeses, and marinated tomatoes.
Coffee Zeste restaurant is in the square of healthy bodies in the historic area of Avignon. It is a new bar with a modern and minimalistic decoration, along with an outdoor terrace. It is one of the first terraces of the district that gets shade which is quite popular to go to around 5pm. The food is healthy, fresh and very good. They make sandwiches, soups, salads and smoothies, made from fruits and vegetables of that particular season. The prices are a bit cheaper if you order takeout. The salad costs between 4 and 5 euros, sandwiches and desserts 3.5 and 2.50. There is a menu with salad or soup over pasta or sandwich or wrap, plus a dessert for 8.50. Much fresher than a hamburger and even tastier. They also deliver lunches to surrounding businesses or you can even go and get something there yourself.
Le Cid Cafe is a cafe in the Avignon Clock Square. It's a pretty touristy place, a beautiful pedestrian square next to the Palace of Popes and the coffee is not cheap at all. Le Cid Cafe has a big terrace with modern décor and gray chairs.
They serve Provincial food like different types of fish, goat cheese salads, roast tomatoes with provincial herbs. At lunchtime they have a set menu. The service is a little rushed, but it's easy to understand that because there are a lot of people waiting. Above the restaurant there's a beautiful hotel, the Clock Hotel.
Lou Mistrau is located in the clock square, next to the city of Avignon. Its name refers to the mistral, the strong wind which blows quite often around Avignon. It is a tourist spot in the city, and the prices are pretty steep. The hotel restaurant is below the clock (de l'Horloge). They serve classic Provencal food, in addition to other typical French dishes that any visitor will surely want to eat at least once when visiting France, such as snails or beef Bourguignon. It gets very crowded in summer during the theatre festival, and the service can be a bit impersonal and rushed. However, the other bars in the square are not much better, so this bar, which at least serves good food, offers a good alternative. Lou Mistrau is located in the clock square, next to the city of Avignon. Its name refers to the mistral, the strong wind which blows quite often around Avignon. It is a tourist spot in the city, and the prices are pretty steep. The hotel restaurant is below the clock (de l'Horloge). They serve classic Provencal food, in addition to other typical French dishes that any visitor will surely want to eat at least once when visiting France, such as snails or beef Bourguignon. It gets very crowded in summer during the theater festival, and the service can be a bit impersonal and rushed. However, the other bars in the square are not much better, so this bar, which at least serves good food, offers a good alternative.
Le 37 is a restaurant which specializes in seafood. In general, the people of Aix en Provence head down to the coast (Marseille, Cassis, Canet and other fishing villages) on the weekends to dine on fresh fish. There are, however, a few fish restaurants in Aix that are very good. They offer good fish soup, and a fresh fish of the day. One specialty of Provence, for instance, is aioli (garlic mayonnaise), which they serve with a piece of fish, steamed vegetables like potatoes, carrots, and zucchini. The other specialty is boullabaisse, a very fine dish if prepared well, which included various types of fish (usually 4 or 5) in a broth. Le 37 also has a small outside terrace.
We went to eat at this place by coincidence because it was starting to rain and get cold. The food didn't seem so bad compared to the other nearby restaurant. And it was not at all disappointing. The waiter was very nice and we ordered the fish of the day, which was grilled tuna that came with a spicy sauce, Provencal vegetables, and rice. A very good value for the 10 euros it cost. I also ordered a tartar, a French specialty, which is basically raw ground beef with a lot of sauces and condiments. I enjoyed it and the meat was very fresh. The service was quick, but it was also the end of the noon service time. They had a heated terrace but we preferred to go inside because it was windy. The check didn't exceed 15 euros per person, drinks included.
The Les Ombrelles is the main restaurants that can be found on Sainte Croix beach. It's a fish and seafood restaurant. In the summer, it gets really full, day and night, and is a very popular among the locals, as well as tourists. In the winter, it's nice to eat by the sea in a place that's neither windy nor cold, but where you can enjoy beautiful views of the coast. The menu does ten to be quite expensive, but the delicious Mediterranean cuisine is worth it. This restaurant organizes weddings in summer and they're booked almost a year in advance, because it's next to the beautiful Sainte Croix chapel where everyone wants to have their ceremony. By year's end there is an amazing menu with appetizer, scallops, duck terrine with wine, a steak with mushrooms, cheese, and ice cream dessert, more wine and champagne, for 75 euros. I included the animations of the night
Le Mange Tout restaurant is in a small harbor of Méjean, in southern France. The best time to visit this gem of a place, is in the summer months, July and August, because they close access road to the cove Méjean. Then from the top station, few have the courage to go down, but it's worth a thousand times over. Such a place is difficult to access and it is well worth it as you will be rewarded. There is classic Mediterranean cuisine, with grilled fish, whole portions, fried squid ... You can eat besides the port and many people arrive there from Marseille by boat. It´s a little expensive and if there are many people you will have to wait because unfortunately there aren´t many options in the area.
This charming place, with the sound of the guitar and the bars, makes you think you're suddenly in Andalusia. But don't be fooled, the Camargue has a Mediterranean, gypsy, racial flavour. Saintes Maries de la Mer is the twin sister of the Dew. The restaurant features a courtyard reminiscent of Andalusian and an inner room where shots over dinner or a drink allow you to enjoy a memorable and enjoyable "gipsy" evening. A part of this peculiar charm, the restaurant has an interesting menu and a unique Camargue specialty: paella and sangria. We spent a week there, and ate in the restaurant three nights in a row. The portions are quite large, so you might have food to spare with just one plate. The Sangria is not like Spanish Sangria, but the food is generally very acceptable. We simply loved the unabashed mixture of French, Spanish, Flemish, Camargue, and Provence all in one. The gypsy group that played "La Soiree" is called "I am" and I fell in love with their music. All compliments to the guitar. What impressed me the most was watching the French sing "Long Live Spain" by Manolo Escobar. It was tremendously fun, and I couldn't keep from laughing. I love these places, not only for the "haute cuisine" or elaborate wine list, but for the incredible atmosphere.
Located in the Cours Saint Louis, just a few steps from the Canebire and only about five minutes walk from the Old Port, the Toinou is a real institution. It has made its reputation with its high quality shellfish, which it even delivers - really quite funny, normally it's hard to find much beyond pizza or Chinese food for delivery, but here in Marseille you can also have seafood! In front of the restaurant is a little shop where you can buy shellfish, oysters, prawns, snails...and of course, the famous Toinou mussels - an absolute must!