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The Best Places To Drink Coffee In Arles, France

Picture of Oonagh Turner
Updated: 9 February 2017
On the banks of the river Rhone near the Mediterranean Sea lies Arles. This city is a popular tourist destination and has inspired some of the world’s most renowned artists, boasting staggering Roman ruins and quaint French streets. We’ve put together some of the best places to find coffee in Arles.

Coffee Me

This coffee hot spot serves up a range of coffees from creamy macchiatos to intense espressos. The coffees are made from freshly ground beans from Colombia. In keeping with the Latin American theme, this neat little shop is fitted with colorful furniture and sells authentic Colombian hats and homemade bags, decorated in Latin patterns.

Address & telephone number: 24 Boulevard des Lices, +33 4 90 07 11 03

Le Pret a Croque

This coffee shop is a favorite among locals for its selection of delectable bagels, packed with tasty fresh produce. The café also has an inventive menu of homemade cupcakes that changes on a daily basis and is the ideal accompaniment to one of the café’s good cups of coffee. This is the perfect spot for a light lunch in Arles, perhaps after a day taking in the colorful sights and smells of the famous nearby market that stretches over two kilometers on Saturdays.

Address & telephone number: 34 Rue Gambetta, +33 4 86 32 95 05

At The Morning Market
At The Morning Market | ©Mei Yee/Flickr

Café Van Gogh

An amble down the charming backstreets of Arles leads you to this delightful, rustic square, brimming with French charisma. This must be how Van Gogh stumbled upon his muse for the world famous colored oil painting Café Terrace at Night. Of course the café is aware of its special significance, with its new name, but the spot is still brimming with magical French allure. Take a seat on the terrace overlooking the square and enjoy a coffee as the world goes by, just have Van Gogh himself must have done.

Address & telephone number: 11 Place du Forum, +33 4 90 96 44 5

Vincent van Gogh, Terrace of a Café at Night
Vincent van Gogh, Terrace of a Café at Night | Frans Vandevalle/ Flickr
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Le Monde de Sophie

This café is the perfect place to catch your breath after a day of sightseeing in Arles and to sample a delicious, organic cup of coffee. The perfect accompaniment to the creamy coffee is one of the restaurant’s homebaked products. The café has a picturesque outdoor terrace, ideal for whiling away the day watching the hustle and bustle of city life. If you’re looking for a spot of light lunch, there is also a great selection of soups and homemade snacks, made from the freshest of produce.

Address & telephone number: 14 Rue de la Republique, +33 4 90 97 11 03

La Balkania

La Balkania owes a lot to its great location in the heart of the city overlooking the impressive Roman amphitheater that is remarkably intact and almost impeccably conserved. The amphitheater continues to put on events, such as plays and concerts in the summer months, and the annual bullfighting festival Feria D’Arles. Regardless of surrounding controversy, this festival brings energy and vitality to this district, and La Balkania is a great café to soak up the atmosphere. Dine here or simply enjoy a fantastic coffee for a moderate price, with unbeatable views of the amphitheater that serves as a dramatic centerpiece to the city.

Address & telephone number: 6 Rond Point Arenes, +33 6 29 07 43 45