- Local Knowledge
- Areas of Interest
- Weekly Markets
- Bakeries/Bread Shops
- Grocery Stores
About Aix en Provence
Protected by the Montagne Ste Victoire which rises to 1,011meters, Aix is surrounded by a countryside full of authentic Provencal houses and traditional French style gardens. The name Aix comes from the source discovered when the city was founded in 123 BC by the Romans. Aix was the capital of Provence in the 15th century, Wealthy merchants and local dignitaries helped turn this city into the Florence of Provence as we know it today.
One can find all the beauty of the noble Provence of the17th and 18th centuries: handsome houses of the upper class, private mansions, city squares bursting with flowers, ancient fountains and shaded narrow streets. Aix was the inspiration to many of the greatest writers and painters : Guigou, Stendhal, Mistral, Zola, and Cézanne, There is even a special Cezanne tour which one can follow through the streets of Aix stopping at points marked with a “C”.
Aix en Provence Restaurants
There are about 500 restaurants in Aix-en-Provence. Here are a few of the notable ones:
Aix en Provence Wineries
Most wineries are closed on Sundays and during lunch hours.
There are no wineries close to Aix because the vines need lots of open countryside to thrive! Not to worry, there is plenty of wine for sale in Aix and specialized shops for enthusiasts. We recommend Nicolas, as it has three locations:
- Nicolas: 5 Rue Maréchal Foch
- Nicolas: 105 Avenue Giuseppe Verdi
- Nicolas: 41 rue d’Italie
Route de Pertuis, 13610 Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade
20 km from Aix
2750 Route de la Cride
13610 Le Puy Sainte Réparade
20 km from Aix
Château Grand boise
1536 Chemin de Grisole, 13530 Trets
25km from Aix
Château Val Joanis
chemin Val de Joanis, 84120 Pertuis
23 km from Aix
Chemin de la Simone 13590 Meyreuil
10 km from Aix
Domaine de la Brillane
195, Route de Couteron, 13100 Aix en Pce
10 km from Aix
What to do in Aix en Provence
In the Footsteps of Cezanne - a self-guided walking tour
Maps available at the tourist information center
La Rotunde traffic circle
300 Avenue Giuseppe Verdi
Cathedrale d’Aix-en-Provence (map) has fantastic architecture and beautiful stained glass windows.
Nearby village of Vauvenargues: Go for a hike at the foot of Mt. Saint Victoire, then stop for lunch over-looking Picasso’s castle (map)
Aix en Provence Weekly Markets
Monday to Saturday - The best markets are on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Anything can be bought in these large and diverse markets!
Bakeries and Bread Shops in Aix en Provence
Le Fainoman Fou
There are many, many bakeries in Aix, but this is said the be the best. It’s all the rage in Aix!
5 rue Mignet
Open Tuesday through Saturday
Incredibly delicious pastry - these are irresistible!
Located on the Cours Mirabeau
Aix en Provence Grocery Stores
Note that many grocery stores are closed Sundays and Mondays, or have limited hours on the weekends.
Small grocery stores and epiceries can be found throughout the city.
27 cours Mirabeau. Map
Open Monday through Saturday from 8:30am to 9:00pm and Sunday from 9:00am to 12:30pm.
Carrefour la Pioline
7 km from Aix Map
Open Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 10:00pm