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St. Paul de Vence 3 nights in July with 5 and 6 year old and grandparents

siki2 Jul 5, 2010 01:38 PM

We will be near St. Paul de Vence in late July with our foodie 6 year old, our 5 year old who eats like a kid, and not very adventurous grandparents. Any suggestions are welcome, but we are particularly interested in regional cuisine, doesn't have to be fancy.

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  1. beaulieu RE: siki2 Jul 5, 2010 10:35 PM

    You should try Les Agapes in old Vence.

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      siki2 RE: beaulieu Jul 6, 2010 10:31 AM

      Thank you!

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      rrems RE: siki2 Jul 6, 2010 08:08 PM

      It's been a long time since I've been there, but I stayed in Vence, and had wonderful meals there. St Paul is a Disneyesque restoration, pretty but touristy, and expensive. Vence is a real town where people live and work, and it also happens to be charming, historically interesting, and lively. For traditional food try the Lion d'Or. We also liked Vieux Couvent and Auberge des Templiers, though these serve more modern cuisine and may not suit the less adventurous. There are many traditional bistros and it is fine to just walk around and see what looks good.

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        Parigi RE: rrems Jul 7, 2010 04:57 AM

        I also much prefer Vence and its restos to StPauldeVence-land.

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          siki2 RE: Parigi Jul 7, 2010 09:51 AM

          Thanks for the recommendations. Happily we are not in St. Paul itself, but I guess I assumed that there would be better food choices in St. Paul.

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            Parigi RE: siki2 Jul 7, 2010 02:32 PM

            "I guess I assumed that there would be better food choices in St. Paul"

            Noooo. We have been recommending Vence. Not St Paul.

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              siki2 RE: Parigi Jul 7, 2010 02:57 PM

              Understood. Vence it is!

      2. menton1 RE: siki2 Jul 7, 2010 05:07 PM

        Yes, St Paul is alas tourist-trap to the hilt, save La Colombe D'Or, a high-end historic restaurant that doubles as a museum with works donated by the artists that frequented the place, including Picasso.

        Vence, a few miles to the East, is a real town, real people, and a wonderful historic centre with no traffic. In town, don't miss La Farigoule, good regional cuisine, reasonable. Les Agapes is another nice resto in town. The next town west, Tourettes, is also worth a side trip.

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