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Aix en Provence Nightlife

There are plenty of pubs to choose from, while the high student population means that there is no shortage of clubs in Aix-en-Provence. Meanwhile, the theatre scene in Aix is an exciting one, with lots of small theatres showcasing experimental stuff and less ordinary productions.

Tickets for most shows can be purchased directly from the venues or from the FNAC ticket network at the tourist office (tel: +33 4 42 16 11 61). Available from the tourist office and from some venues or online at

Bars in Aix en Provence

La Rotonde

This is a classy brasserie with dimmed lighting, rich crimson decor, chandeliers and mirrors. Attracting the smart set, the bar also has regular DJs playing lounge, electro and disco music. If you need refuelling, the bar serves food from breakfast onwards.

Address: , 2 place Jeanne d'Arc, Aix-en-Provence,
Telephone: +33 4 28 31 06 62.

Le Duplex

Just around the corner from the fruit and vegetable market at Place de la Mairie is this chilled-out bar that is great for tapas to go with your aperitif. And once the warm weather arrives, relax at one of the tables on the large covered terrace.

Address: , 30 rue Vauvenargues, Aix-en-Provence,
Telephone: +33 4 42 21 47 07.

Le Wood’s Bar

There's a large selection of beers and spirits in this bustling bar in the Place des Cardeurs. Join the young clientele on the large terrace, where there are plenty of people-watching opportunities in this popular square. Occasionally you can catch live music or a DJ set.

Address: , 50 Place des Cardeurs, Aix-en-Provence,
Telephone: +33 6 40 32 20 12.

Clubs in Aix en Provence

Hot Brass Club

Hop on the free shuttle from Aix's centre and head to Célony, 7km (4 miles) north of the city, and to one of the region's buzziest clubs. What used to be a jazz club now plays disco, house and Eighties sounds, all in a sultry ambience by an outdoor pool.

Address: , Chemin d'Eguilles, Aix-en-Provence,
Telephone: +33 4 42 23 13 12.

Le Mistral

The well-established Le Mistral is a monument to loud music with a notoriously fickle entry policy. This large club, which can fit 700 people, is the place to see and be seen. The club tends to attract local celebrities and young revellers to its moody interior as well as various themed nights.

Address: , 3 rue Frédéric Mistral, Aix-en-Provence,
Telephone: +33 4 42 38 16 49.

Le Scat Club

Lovers of live music and DJs can enjoy the best of both worlds in this atmospheric club. Listen to live jazz, R&B, rock and funk in one of the stone vaulted rooms, or join the dancers in the second room where DJs keep things moving till 6am.

Address: , 11 rue de la Verrerie, Aix-en-Provence,
Telephone: +33 4 42 23 00 23.

Live music in Aix en Provence

Classical music in Aix en Provence

Dance in Aix en Provence

Pavillon Noir

The esteemed Ballet Prejlocaj, which has turned Aix into a centre for new talent in modern dance, now has its own theatre, the purpose-built Pavillon Noir. The striking steel and concrete building has a 378-seater theatre, and features huge glass panes. It also holds dance classes for all levels.

Address: , 530 avenue Mozart, Aix-en-Provence,
Telephone: +33 4 42 93 48 00.

Theatres in Aix en Provence

Il Piccolo Théâtre

This bijou theatre is one of the most intimate spaces in Aix. In a cosy little café-theatre behind a big red door, you can catch anything from modern plays to poetry readings while sitting at candlelit tables. It's also a popular theatre school both for adults and for teenagers.

Address: , 7 rue Mazarine, Aix-en-Provence,
Telephone: +33 4 42 33 04 18.

Music and Dance in Aix en Provence

Grand Théâtre de Provence

The Grand Théâtre de Provence, inaugurated in 2007, is located between the new and old town. The modern building seats over a thousand people and offers concerts, operas, musicals and dance. It's also one of the main venues for the summertime cultural Festival d'Aix. Head to the roof for a superb view of Mont Sainte-Victoire.

Address: , 380 avenue Max Juvénal, Aix-en-Provence,
Telephone: +33 8 20 13 20 13.

Culture in Aix en Provence

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Le Pigonnet

This gorgeous 18th-century Provençal bastide (country house) has 44 rooms and suites, beautiful gardens and an outdoor swimming pool. Just to the south of Aix, this five-star hotel is within easy walking distance of Cours Mirabeau. There is also a renowned restaurant, a stylish lounge club plus a hammam and fitness area.

Villa Gallici

Located in the north of the city, this elegant and peaceful 17th-century Provençal house features a romantic restaurant, a lavish terrace and a swimming pool. The hotel has 22 rooms and suites overlooking a lavender-scented garden, all of them sumptuously decorated in rich fabrics. It's one place worth splashing out on.

Hotel Cardinal

In a quiet street close to Musée Granet, this two-star hotel is full of old-world elegance. Its traditional décor is all florals and vintage furnishings, which perfectly suit this venerable 18th-century building. Some have original fireplaces and balconies, and the suites come with kitchenettes.

Hotel des Augustins

This tranquil hotel is a stone's throw from the Cours Mirabeau. Housed within the walls of an ancient convent, it is a happy blend of history, architecture and modernity, with 28 individually decorated rooms. If you want to splash out, two of the rooms are loft style and have private terraces.

Hotel Aquabella

In a convenient location in central Aix-en-Provence, four-star Hotel Aquabella is within walking distance of the Saint-Sauveur Cathedral. The large gardens include a remnant of the old Roman walls by the side of the swimming pool. There's also a spa, a poolside bar/grill and a chilled-out restaurant and bar.

Hotel des Quatre Dauphins

Located in the Mazarin district, by the fountain of the same name, this hotel combines period Provençal furniture and pretty fabrics with modern conveniences. This intimate hotel, a former private mansion, has only 13 rooms accessible via an elegant stairwell. Although the rooms are small, they're full of charm.