One of the most beautiful destinations in France, Avignon is a fascinating medieval town full of intriguing cultural attractions, including the wonderful Festival d’Avignon in the summer. It also has a great number of fantastic restaurants. Start your day of cultural exploration with a great breakfast or brunch in this lovely town. Here, we take a look at the must-taste places.
Part of the lovely Hotel du Cloitre Saint Louis, with a building that dates back to the 16th century, Restaurant Saint Louis is a delightful and classy place for a brunch, with its gorgeous vaulted ceilings and very pleasant courtyard on which patrons can dine during the summer. The restaurant retains its old monastery feel, with a calm, tranquil ambiance. The generous brunch buffet includes a wide range of typical French foods, including a good selection of bread, cheese, and charcuterie.
Located right in the heart of this historic town, Cuisine et Comptoir is a pretty restaurant with a pleasant plane tree-sheltered terrace; an idyllic venue for a leisurely Sunday brunch. Its regularly changing, extensive brunch menu uses locally sourced, fresh ingredients and includes everything from pancakes to pains au chocolat and smoked salmon to scrambled eggs, along with sublime hot chocolates and fresh bread accompanied with home-made jams.
Nestled down one of the many labyrinthine roads of the old town, Theias is a chic and stylish little tea room, serving a number of organic products in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. With authentic French savoury and sweet dishes, including lovely quiches, tartines and cakes, as well as organic ice cream, Theias provides a great experience of simple, delicious regional cuisine. The brunch is complemented by a fantastic selection of tea, including an especially good rooibos.
New York charm meets French style in the Milk Shop, a modern, American-themed coffee shop in the heart of this old French town. The buzzing atmosphere makes this a wonderful spot for a morning pastry and coffee, and its outdoor seating in this animated district is a great place for people-watching. True to its American influences, as well as fabulous coffee and French pastries, Milk Shop serves sublime milkshakes along with delicious bagels, muffins, brownies, cupcakes and cheesecake.