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Aix en Provence is a town that loves its tea. It has some top tea houses where, depending on the weather, you can taste iced teas, dine on lavish cakes served with beautiful tea pots, or buy wonderful tea-based presents to take home. Here’s our top ten of the best tea houses.
The Palais des Thés has a huge collection of lovely tea things to try and buy. Head here for some iced tea, lovely tea pots, and boxes and boxes of wonderful tea leaves. It’s really great when the weather gets hot and you’re looking for something refreshing. A top tea house.
Palais des Thés, 1 Rue Chabrier, Aix en Provence, France +33 (0)4 42 57 06 15
Everyone says that Mana has the best coffee in Aix en Provence – it’s hard to find someone that disagrees. It also does great tea. It doesn’t have a kitchen so lunch is normally an open sandwich or salad. It’s vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free. They also have all the Harry Potter books to have a read if you want. Check out Facebook for up-to-date offerings.
Mana Espresso, 12 Rue des Bernardines, Aix en Provence, France +33 (0)7 82 69 27 23
A list of the best tea houses in Aix wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Le Pain Quotidien (literally “the daily bread”). It’s a global Belgian chain but it still does the best brunch in town (in a country not traditionally known for its brunch options). It’s situated in the market square so you can go after your shopping for a lovely cup of tea, breads and pastries. Be prepared to wait for a table at any time of the year but it’s worth it.
Le Pain Quotidien, 5 Place Richelme, Aix en Provence, France 4 42 23 48 57