La Maison du Roy René

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La Maison du Roy René information

Location
Aix-en-Provence , France
Address
13 rue Gaston de Saporta
More information
www.calisson.com
Opening hours
9.30am-1pm & 2-6.30pm Mon-Sat, 9am-4pm Sun
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This calissonnier specialises in Aix’s sweetest treat: small, diamond-shaped chewy calissons, wrapped in a communion wafer and glazed with icing sugar. They were first baked for King René’s wedding banquet in 1473; when the Great Plague came in 1630, calissons supposedly staved off the disease. The shop has a small museum, and the factory on the edge of town is open for tours (€5).