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Top Choice Market in Carpentras

Friday Market

If you do nothing else in Carpentras, make sure you find time to visit the fabulous Friday market, when several hundred stalls fill rue d’Inguimbert, ave Jean Jaurès and many side streets. It's an institution, and a…
Top Choice Synagogue in Carpentras

Synagogue de Carpentras

Carpentras’ remarkable synagogue dates from 1367 and is the oldest still in use in France. Although Jews were initially welcomed into papal territory, by the 17th century they had to live in ghettos in Avignon, Carp…
Top Choice Pastries in Carpentras

La Maison Jouvaud

If you suffer from a sweet tooth, it's best not to even step inside this patisserie palace, where the glass cases brim with tempting things – from homemade chocolates, petits-fours and cakes to quite possibly the mo…
Top Choice Historic Site in Carpentras

Arc Romain

Hidden behind Cathédrale St-Siffrein, the Arc Romain was built under Augustus in the 1st century AD and is decorated with worn carvings of enslaved Gauls.
Cathedral in Carpentras

Cathédrale St-Siffrein

Carpentras’ cathedral was built between 1405 and 1519 in meridional Gothic style, but is crowned by a distinctive contemporary bell tower. Its Trésor d’Art Sacré (Treasury of Religious Art) holds precious 14th- to 1…
French in Carpentras

Chez Serge

Run by renowned sommelier Serge Ghokassian, this hip restaurant feels somewhat out of step with the rest of Carpentras: it's more Parisian chic than Provençal rustic, all sombre tones, swoopy plastic chairs, exposed…
French in Carpentras

La Galusha

Underneath Carpentras' 15th-century clock tower, this old village townhouse turns up surprises: a salon-style dining room decorated with Venetian lamps and whimsical Arcimboldo paintings, and a shady interior courty…
Wine Bar in Carpentras

Bistrot La Place

This pleasant, central wine bar makes a good spot for an evening tipple, with a good selection of vins au verre (wines by the glass). The pavement tables under the plane trees fill up by early evening, so you might …
Cultural in Carpentras

Foire de la St-Siffrein

Carpentras’ annual fair is held in late November, with live music, food stalls and the first of the season's truffle harvest.