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The UNESCO Heritage city of Arles was once a Roman provincial capital and its rich ancient history is felt the minute you enter its historic centre. Here are the best brunch and breakfast spots to start off your day of exploring in this old city.
This one is a newly renovated restaurant just next to Parc des Ateliers in the east of the city. There are two things that get served particularly brilliantly here: cappuccino (which is not always a given in France, with the French preferring an espresso) and their house wok dish. A little random maybe for breakfast, but for a brunch it’s fresh and tasty. If you’ve been eating too many pastries on your trip so far, then you’ll surely welcome the change.
Le Vingt-Quatre, 24 Avenue Victor Hugo, Arles, France, +33 986 175 166
A massive blackboard will greet you as you as you enter the cosy Café Factory République on one of Arles’ busiest stopping streets. A family-owned business, they offer a small but perfectly crafted breakfast set menu comprising all the French essentials: coffee, juice, and pastries.
Café Factory République, 35 Rue de la République, Arles, France, +33 490 545 223
Located on a bustling street, Le Wilson is the perfect place to start your day exploring in Arles. A people-watching spot doesn’t get much better than this, and if you’re after a late brunch, then check out their Formule Midi mid-day menu that is set at €10 for a dish and a coffee or a glass of wine.
Le Wilson, 2 Boulevard Georges Clemenceau, Arles, France, +33 490 960 307
Le Comptoir du Calendal is gorgeous garden cafe and takeaway hub that is part of the attractive Hotel Le Calendal. You can choose to eat in or take food away. There is a brilliant array of classic French breakfast food such as croissants, as well as healthy options like fruit pots and yogurt bowls. There are plenty of seats here, both inside and at the garden, so even in the busiest of summer months Le Comptoir du Calendal still feels like a relaxing venue to start your day.
Hôtel Le Calendal, 5 Rue Porte de Laure, Arles, France, +33 490 961 189
Lots of fresh tasty food are made here daily, from mini cakes to fruit pots and yogurt bowls. Freshly squeezed juices are on the menu, as are vegetable cakes and organic sweet treats. If you want to indulge while on holiday without feeling awful about it afterwards, this is the place for you.
Le Monde de Sophie, 14 Rue de la République, Arles, France, +33 490 971 103
A beautiful cafe with a gorgeous conservatory-like facade allowing you to feel like you’re outside even on a rare inclement day, their breakfast menu is classic French (coffee, juice, bread, jams, croissants). Simple, yet hits the spot.
Grand Cafe Malarte, 2 Boulevard des Lices, Arles, France, +33 490 545 674
This is a cool spot elevated from the street so there’s not much road noise. Open from 8am, you can stop by here for an early espresso and croissant, or you could opt for a late brunch and choose off their lunch menu. This venue is a favourite for late-night shenanigans, which means during the day it is a good option as it’s more peaceful and there’s more space out on the attractive terrace area.
Café Georges, 20 Boulevard Georges Clemenceau, Arles, France, +33 490 496 465
Drop by this cosy, homely café with exposed stone brick walls and lots of books, games, comfy sofas and plants. Café le Lisbeth plays host to various literary and other events each month, and overall is just a great place to start your day, situated right in the heart of Arles.
A French bakery always has to make it on a list of where to buy breakfast or brunch because for taste and flavour, they’re hard to beat. Boulangerie Soulier in the centre of Arles is just such a bakery, and it sells everything from breads and savoury pieces to sweet treats like pastries and gateaux. This boulangerie doesn’t have any seating, so why not take a leisurely stroll to the Jardin d’été? Délicieux…
Boulangerie Soulier, 66 Rue de la République, Arles, France, +33 490 960 930
Located very centrally in Arles – opposite the Tourist Information Centre to be exact – this coffee shop, with its chairs sprawling out onto the large pavement in front, is the perfect place to fuel up for your day of Arles exploring. It’s also an ice cream parlour – helpful information to know for later on in the day when you need a bit of a pick-me-up.
Bar du Marché, 8 Boulevard des Lices, Arles, France, +33 490 433 510