Aix excels at Provençal cuisine. Restaurant terraces spill out across dozens of charm-heavy old-town squares, many pierced by ancient stone fountains; place des Trois Ormeaux, place des Augustins, place Ramus and vast Forum des Cardeurs are particular favourites.

Sweet Treats

Aix’ sweetest treat since King René’s wedding banquet in 1473 is the marzipan-like local speciality, calisson d’Aix, a small, diamond-shaped, chewy delicacy made on a wafer base with ground almonds and fruit syrup, and glazed with icing sugar. Traditional calissonniers still make them, including La Maison du Roy René.