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Top Choice Architecture in Vence

Chapelle du Rosaire

An ailing Henri Matisse moved to Vence in 1943 to be cared for by his former nurse and model, Monique Bourgeois, who'd since become a Dominican nun. She persuaded him to design this extraordinary chapel for her comm…
Top Choice Modern French in Vence

Restaurant La Litote

In the heart of Vence's old town, La Litote is the very picture of a village bistro, with tables set out on the square and blackboard menus filled with seasonal classics. Expect stews, supremes and steaks in winter,…
Gastronomy in Vence

Les Bacchanales

Unbutton those belts: this gastronomic wonder sets out from the start to tickle your tastebuds and expand your waistline to the point of no return. Master chef Christophe Dufau takes inspiration from Vence’s artisti…
Mediterranean in Vence

Le Michel Ange

With tables beneath a leafy tree on a fountain-clad square behind the cathedral, this casual restaurant gets top billing among locals. Families with kids swarm here at weekends for its car-free outdoor space and eas…
Tapas in Vence

La Onda

Bright artwork covers the walls and the scent of garlic fills the air at this exuberant, Spanish-run tapas bar on one of Vence's prettiest squares. Everything is authentic and exceptionally tasty, from gambas al aji…
Museum in Vence

Musée de Vence

With its wonderful 20th-century art exhibitions, this daring art museum inside the imposing Château de Villeneuve offers a nice contrast to Vence’s historic quarter. Matisse-lovers will appreciate the recently opene…
Cathedral in Vence

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de la Nativité

Vence's Romanesque cathedral was built in the 11th century on the site of an old Roman temple. It contains Chagall’s mosaic of Moses (1979), appropriately watching over the baptismal font.