became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 thanks to its ramparts, palace, cathedral and bridge. It is perhaps best known though for its theater festival, which takes place every July. We list the top 10 coffee shops to visit when you need a quick break from exploring the city’s delights.
The Milk Shop is an American-style café that also keeps that ‘French touch’. They use local milk in most of their coffee drinks and milkshakes and the café itself is homely and welcoming with vintage furniture and comfy little armchairs.
26 Place des Corps Saints, Avignon, France, + 33 9 82 54 16 82
Autour d’un thé, un voyage
This coffee shop enjoys a fabulous location in the 14th-century Petit Palais Museum. It boasts a huge array of teas from many different countries around the world. You can also try tea cocktails, chocolate and tea-based cooking too. In the summer you can sit in the shady courtyard surrounded by the medieval buildings.
Musée du Petit Palais, Place du Palais, Avignon, France, +33 4 90 83 15 92
This little café/restaurant is named after the owners’ daughter. The décor is fun, with green plants and original decorations suspended from the walls. You can enjoy their fantastic crepes either in one of their two dining rooms or outside on the terrace when the sun is out.
54 Rue Joseph Vernet, Avignon, France, +33 488610481
Gustave is a restaurant, café and tea shop situated in Avignon’s center. This cheerful restaurant features brick walls and light-blue furniture. Their delicious homemade cakes and biscuits are kept in old-fashioned glass jars or under glass bells away from tempted fingers. The lunch dishes are simple but tasty, mainly consisting of soups, tarts and toast with toppings.
6 Place de la Principale, Avignon, France, +33 4 90 86 06 06
Restaurant, French, European, British, Vegetarian, $$$
Simple Simon looks French from the outside; with the typical Parisian-style awning and little pavement terrace. But this cafe appears British on the inside; with delicate tea sets and flowery table cloths. The atmosphere is hushed and cozy, perfect for a get-together with a friend for an afternoon chat.
26 Rue de la Petite Fusterie, Avignon, France, +33 4 90 86 62 70
This trendy café loves three things: America, coffee and bulldogs. American flags decorate the comfy interior with its creative mix n’ match furniture. The milkshakes are delicious, with interesting flavors such as banana and Haribo, green mint or cookie. The owner designed the coffee shop with the idea of creating a space where people would meet and forge friendships and has certainly succeeded.
21 Rue de la Bonneterie, Avignon, France, +33 6 45 77 85 03
Le café des Lices
Le Café des Lices’ name is a wordplay on the French word ‘délices’ meaning ‘delights’. If you are looking for a typical French café where locals come for their daily coffee, then come and join them on the terrace. The food is simple but good; their burgers are delicious and the prices are affordable. The staff are friendly and always happy to help.
44 Rue des Lices, Avignon, France, +33 9 52 74 92 95
Le Pie Kafé
Le Pie Kafé is a popular local café with a wonderful terrace shaded by large eucalyptus trees and a real southern-French atmosphere. The décor is rustic with stone walls and traditional dark-wooden furniture. They serve good coffee and delicious, well-presented food.
7 Rue Saint-Jean le Vieux, Avignon, France, +33 4 90 85 92 91
Festicafé is located in the city center but it is hidden away in a quiet side street, an short walk away from the main tourist attractions of Avignon’s city center. You might find it so relaxing sitting on their terrace that you decide to stay on for the evening entertainment that is often put on here.
10 Rue de la Balance, Avignon, France, +33 4 32 74 17 78
L’Atelier des Thés
This busy café/restaurant looks over a lovely triangular-shaped square, Place des Corps Saints. It is quite small inside, but its large terrace triples its capacity during the warmer months. They serve high quality teas and they do a delicious café gourmand. They also offer tasty lunch and dinner dishes which go down a treat.
: 17 Place des Corps Saints, Avignon, France, +49 8269 53