Provence has some great places to get a cup of coffee or grab a bite to eat. Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot to get some work done, a trendy café to people-watch, or a classy bistro to indulge in locals delights, we’ve got your covered. Here are our top ten cafés and coffee shops in Provence where you can enjoy the best of coffee culture.
All the locals think that Mana Espresso does the best coffee in Aix en Provence. It can get busy as it’s not a very large café, but you can book a table for lunch if you call in advance. There’s free WiFi and a decent selection of cakes and cookies, while it’s also vegan- and vegetarian-friendly. They don’t have a hot kitchen so offerings include open sandwiches, salads and more – all of it simply delicious.
There are three outlets of Green Bear Coffee in Marseille. They’re great places to get a spot of work done, thanks to the free WiFi and sofa-type comfort of the decor. The food is vegan and vegetarian, with freshly made salads and cakes. The quality teas and coffees are wide-ranging and, most significantly, the service is friendly.
It would be an understatement to call Les Deux Garçons an institution of Aix. With an unrivaled heritage, it is the must-visit café in Biarritz – Cézanne and Zola would spend their after-school hours here, while it was also frequented by Churchill and Picasso. You can eat in the fancy restaurant inside, or out on the terrace in the back, but the front terrace is the place to hang out. Order some fries from the bar and people-watch on one of Aix’s most beautiful and famous streets, the Cours Mirabeau.
Locals love Pain at Cie in Nice. It’s a friendly place with an international vibe, where you can actually find eggs for breakfast (a rarity in the South of France). This is an ideal place to come with friends, or to hang out and read the paper. They have a tasty menu selection (including local delights like open sandwiches) along with hot breads and delicious pastries.
Coffee & Cookies is a great place in Cannes to come for lunchtime baps or delicious desserts. Think macarons or pastries, but check their Facebook page for up-to-date details on times and menus.
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