Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Aix-en-Provence

Musée Granet

This fabulous art museum sits right near the top of France’s artistic must-sees, housing works by some of the most iconic artists associated with Provence, including Picasso, Léger, Matisse, Monet, Klee, Van Gogh an…
Top Choice Historic Building in Aix-en-Provence

Caumont Centre d’Art

Aix’ newest pride and joy is also one of its oldest: a stellar art space housed inside the Mazarin quarter’s grandest 17th-century hôtel particulier. There are three exhibitions every year exploring the region’s ric…
Top Choice Market in Aix-en-Provence

Morning Market

No spot in Aix revs up your taste buds more than the city’s premier food market, where trestle tables groan each morning under the weight of marinated olives, goat’s cheese, garlic, lavender, honey, peaches, melons,…
Top Choice Bakery in Aix-en-Provence

Farinoman Fou

Tucked just off place des Prêcheurs is this truly phenomenal bakery, with a constant queue outside its door. The different crunchy breads baked by artisanal boulanger Benoît Fradette are reason enough to sell up and…
Top Choice Bistro in Aix-en-Provence

Bistrot Petit Pierre

Now that his flagship address has a new château location outside town, Pierre Reboul’s Vieil Aix bistro is a must-visit for his innovative interpretations of French cuisine. The decor is playful (think acid-bright f…
Top Choice French in Aix-en-Provence

Le Petit Verdot

Great Provençal food and great Provençal wines – really, what more do you want from a meal in this part of France? It’s all about hearty, honest dining here, with table tops made out of old wine crates, and a lively…
Top Choice Cafe in Aix-en-Provence

Book in Bar

Bibliophiles rejoice: this brilliant Anglophile bookshop has a huge selection of English-language books for sale and a thoroughly pleasant tearoom. Look out for occasional book readings, jazz evenings etc.
Top Choice Performing Arts in Aix-en-Provence

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

World-renowned month-long festival of classical music, opera, ballet and buskers.
Historic Site in Aix-en-Provence

Cours Mirabeau

No avenue better epitomises Provence’s most graceful city than this fountain-studded street, sprinkled with Renaissance hôtels particuliers (private mansions) and crowned with a summertime roof of leafy plane trees.…
Historic Site in Aix-en-Provence

Vieil Aix

The centre of Aix’s old town is a wonderful place for a stroll. The heart of town is the graceful public square of cours Mirabeau. South of cours Mirabeau, Quartier Mazarin was laid out in the 17th century, and is h…