- Local Knowledge
- Areas of Interest
- Weekly Markets
- Bakeries/Bread Shops
- Grocery Stores
Avignon's historic importance dates primarily from the 14th century, when it lay not on French soil but belonged to the duke of Anjou, a vassal of the pope. In 1309 it was selected as the papal residence by Clement V. The city was chosen, in part, because it was more centrally located within Christendom than Rome.Dozens of churches and chapels are evidence of Roman history-- all on display, giving the city of the Popes its unique atmosphere.
Just across the bridge, find Villeneuve-les-Avignon - a charming medieval town. Home of the cardinals of the Popes court to Avignon in the fourteenth century, the village is just 10 minute’s walk from Avignon, boasts a rich architectural heritage.
The following are the most notable restaurants in the area. The city offers a wide variety of casual to Michelin star options.
- La Mirande
Address: 4 Place de l'Amirande, 84000 Avignon
Tel : +33 (0)4 90 14 20 20
- La fourchette
Address : 17 Rue Racine, 84000 Avignon
Te : +33 (0) 4 90 85 20 93
Open from Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner
Closed Saturdays and Sundays
- Bistrot Balthazar
Address : 74 Place des Corps Saints, 84000 Avignon
Tel : +33 (0) 4 88 07 36 09
Open all day from Monday to Saturday
Address :15 Rue de la République, 30400 Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
Tel : +33(0)4 90 90 05 64
Open 7 days a week
- Le 7
Address: 1 Rue des Frères Reboul, 30400 Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
Tel : +33(0) 6 84 80 17 27
- Le Prieuré
Address :7 Place du Chapitre, 30400 Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
Tel : +33(0) 4 90 15 90 15
Most wineries are closed on Sundays and during lunch hours.
Chateau d’Aqueria, Tavel Wine
Château d'Aqueria, 30126 Tavel
Tel :(0) 4 66 50 04 56
Open from Monday to Friday, from 8am to 12pm and from 1.30pm to 5.30pm
Chateauneuf du Pape, vignoble Mayard
24 Avenue Baron le Roy, Hôtel Particulier de la Marquise de Senonzan, 84230 Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Tel : +33(0) 4 90 83 70 16
Chateauneuf du Pape, Domaine du Clos Montolivet
3 Chemin du Bois de la Ville, 84230 Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Tel : +33(0) 4 90 83 72 46
Open from Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 6pm
What to do in Avignon
Avignon - Palace of the Popes
Going through any of the seven doors of the superbly preserved walls one discovers the city of the Popes. The Palace of the Popes built in the 14th century overlooks a lively square. Nearby are the museums the Petit Palais and Palais du Roure, not far from the famous Pont d'Avignon.
Place du Palais, 84000 Avignon
Open from 9AM to 7PM
Le Pont d’Avignon / Le Pont St Bénézet
A famous medieval bridge in the town of Avignon
Square and ramparts
Take your time wandering about the streets of Avignon. The ancient streets, the courtyards of the private mansions and renovated facades will all charm you! One of the most elegant streets is the rue Joseph Vernet, adjacent to the Calvet museum and the Requien Museum.
Don't miss the Antiquaire quarter, the Place de l'Horloge or the Chemin de Ronde which will take you to the Rocher des Doms. From the top of the ramparts you can understand why the site was chosen for a fort: Avignon stands high above the immense plains of the Rhône River and is the strategic point of the whole valley.
Avignon - Cathedral
The theater festival has made Avignon important in modern times. Started in 1947 by Jean Vilar, every year between the 10th of July and the 5th of August nearly 120,000 spectators come to discover new talent or admire those actors already known. These shows (dance, theater or music) are enhanced by the backdrop of Avignon’s rich history.
Avignon - The historic city
The Off Festival is a series of street shows set up by would-be actors and is considered to be an excellent work experience for these aspiring young people. Late at night when the shows are over, the terraces fill up with actors and spectators alike - all creating a unique atmosphere found only in Avignon in the summer.
L’abbaye de St Andre and its garden (villeneuve les Avignons)
Rue Montée du Fort, 30400 Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
Weekly Markets in Avignon
Tuesday and Friday morning in Avignon
Tuesday morning in Villeneuve les Avignon
Bakeries and Bread Shops in Avignon
La Fabrique des Saveurs
Address: 2 rue Grivolas, 84000 Avignon Open daily from 6:00AM to 7:30PM, closed Wednesdays
Address: 43 Rue des Fourbisseurs, 84 000 Avignon Open daily from 11AM to 7PM except Tuesdays from 4Pm to 7Pm Closed Sundays and Mondays
Patrick Mallard, Pastry shop
Address: 22 Rue vieux Sextier, 84 000 Avignon Open from 10AM to 7PM, closed Sundays
Marcelin (Bakery and pastry shop)
Address :18 Rue de la République, 30400 Villeneuve-lès-Avignon Tel : +33 (0)4 90 88 13 57
Avignon Grocery Stores
Several small grocery stores can be found throughout the city.
Carrefour City, intramural, Avignon:
23 Rue de la République, 84000 Avignon
Open from 7am t 10pm, Sundays from 7am to 12 :30pm
You have 2 commercial areas with large groceries store like Auchan, Carrefour