10 Top Cafés and Coffee Shops in Provence

The famous Les Deux Garçons café in Aix en Provence | PRA/WikiCommons
The famous Les Deux Garçons café in Aix en Provence | PRA/WikiCommons
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18 July 2017
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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.

Mana Espresso

Cafe, Coffee Shop, French, Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian, European, Contemporary

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.

Green Bear Coffee

Restaurant, Sandwich Shop, Dessert Shop, Coffee Shop, Cafe, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Fast Food, Tea , $$$
Green Bear Coffee, La Canebière
Green Bear Coffee, La Canebière | Coffee always helps get the work done | Pixabay

Les Deux Garçons

Restaurant, French, European, $$$
Les Deux Garçons, where Cézanne and Picasso used to drink, is a must-see
Les Deux Garçons, where Cézanne and Picasso used to drink, is a must-see | © Guillaume Baviere/Flickr

Pain et Cie

Bakery, Cafe, Restaurant, French, Mediterranean, $$$
Pain&Cie, Nice
Pain&Cie, Nice | Coffee and pastries for breakfast | Pixabay

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

Cafe, French, European, $$$
Macarons: a delicious coffee treat
Macarons: a delicious coffee treat | Pexels

Le Pain Quotidien

Cafe, Market, Restaurant, Tea Room, French, European, Vegetarian, $$$

Papilles by Laurane

Cafe, French, European, $$$
You can usually get a beer in lots of coffee shops and cafés to have with your lunch
You can usually get a beer in lots of coffee shops and cafés to have with your lunch | © Eddy BERTHIER/Flickr
Papilles by Laurane, is a very popular place in Aix but it is possible to find a table. It’s on a main boulevard near the centre, so it sometimes gets overlooked, but offers an interesting lunch idea – it does small rolls of different fillings, such as meats and cheeses, with about 50 items to choose from. You write the ones you want on an order sheet and hand it in at the counter, then they’ll call your name when your order is ready. They also do cakes and salads. A real treat.

Cup of Tea

Tea Room, French, Tea
Cup Of Tea, Marseille
Cup Of Tea, Marseille | Coffee and a paper: superb way to start the day | Pixabay
Cup of Tea is a little bookstore selling old and new books in Marseille. It’s a cute coffee shop with a nice vibe, where you can sit on the patio or curl up in a chair. It’s a perfect place to read a book with some tasty food and a hot cup of tea.

Factory Café

Brewery
Coffee is taken very seriously in Provence
Coffee is taken very seriously in Provence | © Dominique Garcin-Geoffroy/Flickr

Book in Bar

Bookstore
Book in Bar is an English-language bookshop in Aix that has a great selection of books and magazines. They speak English well and seem happy for you to work or read while tucking into a chocolate muffin and a cappuccino. It has upstairs and downstairs seating.

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