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Top Choice Gastronomy in Arles

L'Atelier Jean-Luc Rabanel

Offering as much an artistic experience as a meal (and graced with double Michelin stars), this is the gastronomic home of charismatic chef Jean-Luc Rabanel. Many products are sourced from the chef's veggie patch an…
Top Choice Roman Site in Arles

Les Arènes

During the heyday of Roman Gaul, every important town had an amphitheatre, where gladiators fought to the death and wild animals met their (usually grisly) end. Few have survived, but Arles (like nearby Nîmes) has p…
Top Choice Gallery in Arles

Fondation Vincent Van Gogh

This Van Gogh–themed gallery is a must-see, as much for its contemporary architecture and design, as for the art it showcases. It has no permanent collection; rather, it hosts one or two excellent exhibitions a year…
Top Choice Bistro in Arles

Le Gibolin

After spending three decades plying Paris with their passion for organic wines, owners Brigitte and Luc decided to head south and open a new bistro and wine bar in Arles. Unsurprisingly, it's become a much-loved loc…
Top Choice Market in Arles

Marché d'Arles

At Arles’ enormous Saturday-morning market, Camargue salt, goats' milk cheese and saucisson d’Arles (bull-meat sausage) scent the air. The scene shifts to bd Émile Combes on Wednesday morning.
Top Choice Gallery in Arles

Musée Réattu

This splendid modern-art museum is housed in the exquisitely renovated 15th-century Grand Priory of the Knights of Malta. Among its collections are works by 18th- and 19th-century Provençal artists and two paintings…
Bistro in Arles

À Côté

A meal at Rabanel's high-flying haute cuisine restaurant may be a little rich for some budgets, but the grand chef knows how to do solid, no-fuss bistro dining too. It's reassuringly casual here, with wooden chairs …
Church in Arles

Église St-Trophime

Arles was an archbishopric from the 4th century until 1790, and this Romanesque-style church was once a cathedral. Built in the late 11th and 12th centuries, it’s named after St Trophime, an Arles bishop from the 2n…
Roman Site in Arles

Place du Forum

Just as social, political and religious life revolved around the forum in Roman Arles so this busy plane-tree-shaded square buzzes with cafe life today. Underneath it lies the underground galleries of Cryptoportique…
Tapas in Arles

L'Ouvre Boîte

Alexandre's little joint (the 'Open Box') may only be open a few nights a week, but that hasn't prevented it from becoming a locals' favourite for chilled evening eats. He specialises in tapas-like 'little plates' –…