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Restaurants in Aix en Provence

There is a wide range of restaurants to suit all budgets. The restaurants below have been grouped into three different pricing categories:
Expensive (over €50)
Moderate (€25 to €49)
Cheap (up to €25)
These prices are for a three-course meal for one with wine and service included.

Expensive

Les Caves Henri IV by Le Formal

Cuisine: French

Enjoy dining in an elegant interior at this impeccable restaurant housed in a 15th-century vaulted cellar. Expect innovative cuisine with a light Provençal touch as well as fun, delicious desserts. Book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Closed Saturday lunch and all day Sunday and Monday.

Address: , 32 rue Espariat, Aix-en-Provence,
Telephone: +33 4 42 27 08 31.
Website: http://www.restaurant-leformal.com

L’Esprit de la Violette

Cuisine: French

Surrounded by shady parkland in the northern part of the city, this early 20th-century mansion has an enchanting terrace and superb Michelin-starred cuisine to match. The food in what was formerly known as Le Clos de la Violette is locally inspired and expertly executed. Closed Sundays, Mondays and during the second half of August.

Address: , 10 avenue de la Violette, Aix-en-Provence,
Telephone: +33 4 42 23 02 50.
Website: http://www.lespritdelaviolette.com

Mickaël Féval

Cuisine: French

Chef Mickaël Féval, who had a gained Michelin star from Restaurant Antoine in Paris, brings his considerable skill to this elegant, relaxed restaurant. In its smart, contemporary interior, Féval keeps the menu short but full of wonderful dishes such as langoustine ravioli and slow-cooked veal.

Address: , 11 petite rue Saint-Jean, Aix-en-Provence,
Telephone: +33 4 42 93 29 60.
Website: http://www.mickaelfeval.fr

Moderate

Chez Féraud

Cuisine: French

Tucked away in a narrow lane is adorable Chez Féraud, which quickly becomes a favourite with anyone who happens to stumble upon it. You might want to book ahead to enjoy classic French and Provençal dishes served by friendly staff. When it's warm, tables are spread in front of the ivy-covered façade.

Address: , 8 rue du Puits Juif, Aix-en-Provence,
Telephone: +33 4 42 63 07 27

Le Bistrot des Philosophes

Cuisine: French

There are quite a few restaurants spread out along Place des Cardeurs, but Le Bistrot des Philosophes is a cut above from most of them. Classic bistro dishes come in generous portions, and the large umbrella-covered terrace is an agreeable spot in which to enjoy them.

Address: , 20 place des Cardeurs, Aix-en-Provence,
Telephone: +33 4 42 21 64 35.
Website: http://www.lebistrotdesphilosophes.com

Le Môme

Cuisine: French

Place Ramus is one of Aix's most enticing little squares, and often hard to find. Its latest addition is this popular spot that combines the cuisines of the husband-and-wife team. He's Corsican and she's from Aix, and the mixture of the two is pure Mediterranean sunshine. Book ahead to get a table outside.

Address: , 5 place Ramus, Aix-en-Provence,
Telephone: +33 4 42 22 16 39.

Cheap

Chez Charlotte

Cuisine: French

It's not easy to find this chilled-out little restaurant, which is down a narrow alleyway in the old town. But once you do, you'll enjoy large plates of traditional French bistro fare. During the warmer months, you'll want to sit outside in the cute courtyard garden. It's worth booking ahead.

Address: , 32 rue des Bernardines, Aix-en-Provence,
Telephone: +33 4 42 26 77 56.

Crêpes, Cidres & Compagnie

Cuisine: Crêpes

For a tasty lunch, try one of the galettes (buckwheat pancakes) in this convivial little crêperie with a cosy vaulted cellar. Choose from savoury fillings such as mushrooms and goat's cheese – washed down with Breton cider – before finishing the meal with a crêpe filled with salted caramel.

Address: , 23 rue de Lacépède, Aix-en-Provence,
Telephone: +33 9 50 40 76 44.
Website: http://www.crepescidreetcie.fr

Le Yoji

Cuisine: Japanese

Japanese restaurants are very popular in France, and Le Yoji does better than most. Regulars praise Le Yoji's refined décor, authentic atmosphere and excellent food covering both Japanese and Korean cuisines. They also do cookery classes if you fancy learning how to make sushi or cook with seafood.

Address: , 7 avenue Victor Hugo, Aix-en-Provence,
Telephone: +33 4 42 38 48 76.
Website: http://www.yojisu.com

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Hotel du Globe

This simple two-star hotel is a good budget option, as it's in an excellent location in the city centre. Its 46 airy rooms have some stylish touches; try to book one with a balcony. A bonus is the lovely roof terrace that has views of Aix's rooftops.

Hotel Saint-Christophe

This Art Deco-style hotel is only a few steps away from Cours Mirabeau and the Rotonde fountain, and there's a lively brasserie on the ground floor. Rooms are smartly furnished, and some come with balconies or terraces. Those in the luxury category have especially stylish bathrooms with modern stand-alone baths.

Renaissance

Just a few minutes' walk from the Grand Théâtre is this sleek, contemporary five-star hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant and a spa with an indoor pool and a gym. Its 133 stylish rooms have breezy modern décor, and the garden terrace is a wonderfully relaxing spot for a cocktail.

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.