L’Esprit de la Violette
This Michelin-starred restaurant offers more than just exquisite food. Led by chef Marc de Passorio, this high-quality restaurant sits in a beautiful French garden. L’Esprit de la Violette’s contemporary menu is extremely creative, with options from the amuse-bouche to dessert.
10 Avenue de la Violette, Aix-en-Provence, France, +33 04 42 23 02 50
Le Poivre D’Ane
Located in the city square, this restaurant is the perfect place to visit for a night out on the town. The red and orange decor creates a warm, retro-like atmosphere, and the classic cuisine is personalized with touches from international influences. For a great price, try the Discovery menu, a fixed menu consisting of an appetizer, fish, meat, cheese, and dessert.
40 Place des Cardeurs, Aix en Provence, France, +33 04 42 21 32 66
This cozy brasserie serves the perfect blend of classic French and American cuisine, and is known for their attentive staff, relaxed atmosphere, and quaint locale. Enjoy one of their famous mouthwatering burgers, which are so juicy you’ll be coming back for more.
15 Rue Constantin, Aix en Provence, France, +33 04 42 21 13 02
Located in the city center of Aix, Mitch is magical. The fine French cuisine is delicious and presented beautifully. The romantic music and comfortable lounge atmosphere are idyllic for a warm, summer evening. Mitch appeases all of the senses; you won’t be disappointed.
26 Rue des Tanneurs Aix en Provence, France, +33 04 42 26 63 08
This charming restaurant is aptly named as it sits in a deep alcove on the lovely street of Rue Constantin. Guests will walk down a spiral staircase from the street level entrance, down into a cozy cave that’s been transformed into a fine dining establishment. The decor, accented with a soft lavender color and warm candles, brightens up the would-be dark nook. If the setting alone isn’t enough, the food is classic French cooking at its best.
19 Rue Constantin Aix en Provence, France, +33 04 42 96 47 29
Le Patio forces you to do a double take. The at-home decor makes you feel as though you’ve just come to visit a friend’s home for lunch. The skylight and sliding door let in warm sunshine, setting the mood for a perfect lunch or an early dinner. Large children’s art cover the walls and a clothesline filled with linen surprisingly doesn’t fill out of place. It’s just too adorable to miss.
16 Rue Victor Leydet Aix en Provence, France, +33 04 42 93 02 03
La Cerise Sur le Gateau
La Cerise Sur le Gateau, meaning “The Icing on the Cake,” is a charming little restaurant in Aix. The menu comprises the finest, organic ingredients, and is a great choice for vegans, vegetarians, and those that are gluten-free. This tiny treat of a bistro is run solely by one person who acts as the waiter, chef, cashier, and dishwasher. Here, you’ll get personal one-on-one attention and food made with love.
7 Place Ramus, Aix en Provence, France, +33 04 42 27 46 46
This dining dream is where contemporary meets classic, in both the food and decor. Chandeliers and white walls greet you upstairs in Lavault, while stone and dark wood warmly welcome you downstairs. They have an extensive wine list and the dessert options are quite impressive as well.
24 Rue Felibre Gaut Aix en Provence, France, +33 04 42 38 57 28
Le Formal – Caves Hevri IV
Located in a cave underneath the old city of Aix, Le Formal offers a seven-course fixed menu in a warm, cozy environment. The chef personally visits each table, whether it be to suggest one of his favorite menu items or to see the guests out after they enjoy their meal. The food is prepared so beautifully it may be hard to eat it, knowing you’ll ruin the art. But, when you do, each bite is delicious. Dining here is sure to be an elegant experience.
32 Rue Espariat Aix en Provence, France, +33 04 42 27 08 31
Enjoy provincial plates made with farm fresh, local market ingredients at Le Millefeuille. The tasty food is served in this stylishly decorated restaurant. The inspired menu rotates daily at this dining oasis, so you’ll have to visit more than once to try all the menu favorites.
8 Rue Rifle Rafle Aix en Provence, France, +33 04 42 96 55 17