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Restaurants & Bed & breakfast in Aix en provence

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hungrybob Jun 15, 2012 03:20 PM

Need help for my summer vacation,thanks

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  1. boredough RE: hungrybob Jun 16, 2012 12:37 AM

    It may be a bit late for 2012, but maybe you mean summer 2013. In any case, although Aix is a lovely town, if you find a B&B there, it will most likely not have any parking facilities and you will be forced to use a (paying) parking lot - which adds to the hassle of getting in & out of town each day to sightsee. If you find one on the outskirts, you might as well be somewhere else - so I would recommend the Lourmarin/Puyvert area for its beautiful surrounding scenery. (Sorry I can't recommend a particular one, but here's a start for your research: http://www.provenceweb.fr/e/vaucluse/...
    )My opinion aside, even searching on CH will show that, for a city of its size, Aix does not seem to have enough really good restaurants ("worth a journey"), which has always surprised me. Parking yourself/yourselves somewhere less constricting will allow you to more easily get to & have dinner at the many recommended restaurants on this site.

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      degustazione RE: boredough Jun 16, 2012 07:00 AM

      Went to le formal two years ago and it was excellent. Seating is in a wine cellar type room on basement level.

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        boredough RE: degustazione Apr 4, 2013 05:12 AM

        We had dinner last night at le Formal (32 rue Espariat) and all 8 of us were extremely pleased, the meal highlighted by our table being in a separate "stone-walled" room in the back (of the basement level). For 39€ we had 3 courses, plus amuse-bouche & pre-dessert - each tasty dish carefully & artfully prepared. Would definitely go back.

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        hungrybob RE: boredough Jun 16, 2012 07:36 AM

        Thanks for your good ideas...

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        whataboutbob RE: hungrybob Jul 9, 2012 07:06 AM

        I agree most places in Aix are middling. Haven't been for a few years but my grandparents used to live there. There used to be a very very good Vietnamese take away close to the cathedral- recognisable by the long queues outside. The food really was supreme. They simply didn't use to serve anything that wasn't perfect. Hope they're still there. There's a pizza place on the Cours Mirabeau, close to the Deux Garcons, a big hole in the wall take away place, the pizzas there are very good.

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          boredough RE: whataboutbob Jul 9, 2012 07:32 AM

          Last time we were wandering up rue Gaston de Saporta (that is, recently), the Vietnamese place was still there. With a line out front.

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            Parigi RE: boredough Jul 11, 2012 06:41 AM

            Nguyen-Than?
            Life-saver when one overeats in Provence, and one always does.
            I can skip the Bouillabaisse schlep to Marseille, but not Nguyen-Than in Aix, no way.
            A real boui-boui (my fave French word).

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              boredough RE: Parigi Jul 11, 2012 07:49 AM

              Yes, that's it. Thanks for the French lesson - I never heard that one. I wonder what it comes from...

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            hungrybob RE: whataboutbob Jul 9, 2012 05:31 PM

            Thanks for the info,sounds great...

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