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.
Book In Bar is the only English language shop in Aix and the best for miles around. It has cosy seating areas upstairs and down, and a great selection of English language books that you won’t always find elsewhere. It has English magazines and newspapers to have a look at while you drink your cappuccino and eat your chocolate muffin. Well worth a stop. They speak great English.
The Jardin Mazarin is a beautiful tea house and well known in Aix. It’s on a lovely street, with one of the best fountains in town, and it has a great garden out back. It’s a restaurant that takes its tea very seriously and does some lovely cakes at tea time.
This great tea house is situated on one of the best streets for foodies in Aix en Provence. After you’ve been round all the superb fresh deli shops to buy pasta and cheese, head into the cool here. It’s very sumptuous inside and the serving of your tea is taken very seriously.
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.
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.
Patisserie Weibel is a high-end tea shop in a fantastic location. It’s on the corner of the square where the daily market takes place in Aix en Provence. Once you’ve bought all your fresh honey and delicious breads and cheeses, head to Weibel for a corner table outside in the sun. They do great pastries and cakes.
Aix en Provence has lots of chicha cafés, where you smoke a tea infusion of maybe apple or licorice. People love this one in the evenings with its yummy cakes and wide selection. Check out Facebook for more details.
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.