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Restaurants in Avignon

Almost any of Avignon’s bars and cafés can provide a simple three-course menu at a modest price. The busiest streets and squares, especially Place de l’Horloge, are lined with brasserie-style restaurants. Avignon also has some top-quality places serving excellent Provençal cooking.

The Avignon restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over €50)
Moderate (€25 to €50)
Cheap (up to €25)

These Avignon restaurant prices are for a three-course meal for one, including half a bottle of house wine or equivalent. Most restaurants include tax and a 12-15% service charge in their prices. If service is good, guests will often leave an extra €2 tip or the small change from their bill, if they pay in cash. If service is not included, it is customary to leave a 12-15% tip.

Expensive

La Fourchette

Cuisine: French, Provençal

This well-established restaurant offers a varied and accomplished menu prepared by Philippe Hiély. La Fourchette is popular for classic French fare and traditional Provençal dishes such as beef daube (slow-cooked stew). Decor is attractive and simple, with plenty of polished wood. Closed weekends.

Address: , 17 rue Racine, Avignon,
Telephone: +33 4 9085 2093.
Website: http://www.la-fourchette.net

La Mirande

Cuisine: French, Provençal

Set in the La Salle Cardinalice dining room of the La Mirande hotel, this restaurant continues to set the standard for haute cuisine in Avignon. Classic French cooking with a modern twist, plates always have local Provence and Languedoc touches and are served in an atmosphere of old-fashioned elegance and style.

Address: 4 place de la Mirande, La Mirande, Avignon,
Telephone: +33 4 9014 2020.
Website: http://www.la-mirande.fr

Restaurant Christian Etienne

Cuisine: French

The eponymous chef here, a Maître Cuisinier de France (Master Chef of France), specialises in seafood and game. The set menu at lunchtime is very good value, but rarely as ambitious as the more expensive menus on offer. The restaurant is in an enviable location next to the Palais des Papes.

Address: , 10 rue de Mons, Avignon,
Telephone: +33 4 9086 1650.
Website: http://www.christian-etienne.fr

Moderate

83 Vernet

Cuisine: French

Housed in a 14th-century cloister, this slick gastronomic courtyard restaurant is magically set among the old stones and shade, with a convivial bar-lounge at the entrance. Chefs Florent de Brunelis and Damian Chocano bring quality, elegance and finesse to imaginative French-based fusion cuisine.

Address: , 83 rue Joseph Vernet, Avignon,
Telephone: +33 4 9085 9904.
Website: http://www.83vernet.com

Fou de Fafa

Cuisine: French

An intimate little restaurant run by a British couple (the husband cooks, the wife is front of house), Fou de Fafa has a fresh take on classic French cuisine with some exotic touches. It's tiny and is open only in the evenings, so make certain you book ahead.

Address: , 17 rue des Trois Faucons, Avignon,
Telephone: +33 4 3276 3513.

Le Jardin de la Tour

Cuisine: French

This is an excellent restaurant run by Jean-Marc Larrue, an experienced and creative chef who also offers cookery courses here. The decor is cheerfully red, and the cuisine is in classic French style, emphasising the best of Provence – sometimes slipping over the border into Italy. Its bouillabaisse is a speciality.

Address: , 9 rue de la Tour, Avignon,
Telephone: +33 4 9085 6650.
Website: http://restaurant-lejardindelatour.com

Cheap

Ginette & Marcel

Cuisine: French

This quirky, friendly café in Places des Corps-Saints is decked out like an old-fashioned French épicerie with colourful tables spilling out under the plane trees of the square. This is the place for simple yet tasty lunches of tartines (toasted country bread with a range of toppings).

Address: , 25 place des Corps-Saints, Avignon,
Telephone: +33 4 9085 5870.

Le Petit Comptoir

Cuisine: American

You'll need either luck or a decent sense of direction to find Le Petit Comptoir (The Little Counter), buried deep among Avignon's ancient lanes. But once you stumble over the place, preferably onto its outside terrace, you'll be leaving a trail of breadcrumbs from its handsomely sized burgers just so you can find your way back again.

Address: , 5 rue de Tremoulet, Avignon, 84000
Telephone: +33 4 9088 3510.
Website: http://lepetitcomptoir-avignon.fr

Restaurant l’Agape

Cuisine: French

The innovative mix of French and Provençal cuisine fits the industrial chic interior of this classy restaurant in Place des Corps-Saints. The lunch menu is particularly good value with seasonal dishes that could include pan-fried red mullet with artichoke purée or saddle of lamb with fritters of courgette flowers.

Address: , 21 place des Corps-Saints, Avignon,
Telephone: +33 4 9085 0406.
Website: http://www.restaurant-agape-avignon.com

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La Mirande

Opposite the Palais des Papes, this former cardinal's palace from the 14th-century is all sophistication and attention to detail. The rooms are delightful, and the hotel's restaurant is one of the best in town. The sumptuous décor has been chosen with flair and imagination. Expensive, but this is luxury with charm and personality.

Hotel de l'Horloge

Well placed on the main square, this handsome old 4-star hotel is in the midst of all the life of the town. Noise is not usually a problem, but if you're concerned, ask for one of the quieter rooms at the side. Rooms are small but comfortable and attractively decorated.

Novotel Avignon Centre

Well positioned just outside the gateway into the walled city, the Novotel has easy road and rail access, an underground car park, a decent restaurant, swimming pool and spa, as well as bright, spacious, comfortable bedrooms. And it is only 10 minutes' walk to all the attractions of the city.

Hotel de Blauvac

This small, inexpensive hotel is just off the place de l'Horloge in a sensitively converted 17th-century mansion. It feels redolent with history, especially in the rooms with mezzanines and walls of massive exposed stone blocks. A warm welcome and 16 very basic but comfortable rooms make this a fine, well-placed budget choice.

Hotel Splendid

The Splendid offers six simple, well-kept, brightly decorated little rooms. It occupies an ordinary terraced house in a quiet residential street within the city walls, opposite the garden of an old cloister. It's well placed for anyone arriving by train, as it's just a few minutes' walk up the street from the station.

Hotel Colbert

The Colbert's arty style, with bright decor, pictures on the walls and unusual breakfast plates, are all the product of the creative and generous spirit of hosts Patrice and Annie. Rooms are tiny but adequately equipped. Access is very convenient, and all the sights and city centre are just minutes away.