Aix by day is soaked in gold and shimmers in light at night. During the day it is known for its sunshine, markets, art, fountains, shopping and oh so much charm. It is the perfect place for a weekend away to get back to a slow pace of living and culinary treats while surrounded by beauty and tranquillity.
Mini guide to Aix en Provence
Here a snap shot of a few favourites for the perfect weekend in this quintessential town in Provence.
Coffee – Mana Espresso has the best coffee and fresh healthy bites (Breakfast & lunch only).
Lunch – Hotel Caumont – A stunning 17th-century Hotel Particulier which houses art exhibitions, gardens and a stunning, slightly Parisian old world French restaurant.
Shop – Rose et Marius – A beautiful boutique set up like her grandmothers’ bastide, Magali makes her luxury candles & tumblers reminiscent of the old Provencal tiles she once played on as a child and authentic scents of the region.
Do – Saturday Markets – the streets are lined with the freshest and most colourful produce. Taste the Coeur de boeuf tomato and the sweet melon. Chateau La Coste – set amongst its sprawling vineyards Are sculpture trails, art exhibitions, amphitheatre, and some of the best restaurants in the South of France. They’ve just opened the luxurious Villa La Coste on the property.
Aperitif – Le Grillon – Go where the locals go. On the beautiful Cours Mirabeau, you can sit and people watch while you sip your Kir Royale.
Dinner – Bistrot Philosophe – A casual French restaurant with an excellent terrace situated in the authentique setting of Place dès Cardeurs.
Stay – Maison d’Aix – award-winning hotel in the heart of Aix with pool. Beautifully restored and designed.
You can Travel to Aix via Marseille. From Aeroport Marseille Provence you catch the Navette Aeroport shuttle to Aix and you will be in the town center in 30 minutes.
Adi Bukman (text and photos) is an Australian expat who has lived and worked in France, Holland and Germany