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Aix-en-Provence has many places to have breakfast and brunch, ranging from reputed European chains and bars in grand squares to cafés with great coffee and a delivery firm that brings you brunch in bed.
Maison Nosh is a concept restaurant, where they’ve taken the classic hot dog idea and evolved it into chic, gourmet heaven. They sell two kinds of hot dog, a classic with cheddar cheese or a daily special. Try one of their English Muffins with salmon, tuna, chicken, or eggs, or opt for their breakfast menu of pancakes or chakchouka (the deliciously spicy, Lebanese tomato, and egg breakfast dish). The décor is clean, simple, and relaxed. They have two restaurants in town, so there are tw brunch options. The one on Cours Sextius is €23, and has two sittings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The one on Cours Mirabeau is €18 and starts from 11 a.m. onwards. The menus are slightly different. It’s the new darling of Aix’s fast-casual restaurant scene and well worth checking out.
The Café Le Verdun is a bit of a chameleon, changing color depending on the time of day. First thing in the morning, you’ll find people sitting happily by themselves, enjoying a croissant, a coffee, and reading the paper. By midday, lunch will bring in office workers or groups of friends who later make way for the apéro crowd (pre-dinner drinks). They don’t have a particular brunch menu but you can choose something off their normal menu (a salad niçoise or a burger) or just have some warm croissants in the morning. It’s situated in the Place des Precheurs, opposite the elegant law courts, which at the time of writing is being completely pedestrianized to encourage a greater café culture.
Maybe you don’t want to go out to brunch? If you’re in Aix or the surrounding area, you can call Brunch Me Up’ and they’ll deliver brunch to your door, home-made and fresh. They use seasonal and local ingredients. Prices start at €8 for a pastry or jam tartine with a drink but you can also order bagels, salads, yogurts, and other desserts. This is a perfect way to begin a lazy morning, without having to move at all.