Le Pain Quotidien
Restaurant, French, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Vegan, $$$
Le Pain Quotidien is a Belgian chain that is very well known throughout Europe and has many branches in the U.S. It literally means “the daily bread” which is what it provides to its customers in droves. The one in Aix is situated in Place Richelme, where the daily market is held, and queues for seats can be long—it’s best to put your name down, leave one unfortunate person from your group there to wait, and potter around the market. It does brunch, tartines (open sandwiches), salads, and eggs but its specialty is the Belgian waffles, which come complete with in-house chocolate spreads of varying kinds. The managers are friendly and the staff attentive. What more could you want?