Come and taste Amadeus, the worthy signature wine of this vineyard, which is located in a small Provençal village situated to the east of Aix-en-Provence, Eguilles. The wines are full of flavour and energy, very pleasant and easy to drink with Provençal country cuisine, which relies on simple Mediterranean flavours. This vineyard near Aix is well worth visiting.
Located in the historic center of the town, this delicatessen appeals to the most demanding of Epicureans. Delicacies from all over the world from rare spirits to Piedmont truffles and a large selection of traditional Provençal dishes are offered by a friendly and professional staff. The best vintages of the best wines, such as the Mescal you discovered during your last trip to South America, are available to satisfy the most exotic gastronomic fantasies.
This family-run establishment is based a few kilometers away from Aix-en-Provence on the road to Puyricard, and has been in business for about 30 years. There is an enchanting range of chocolates, with constantly changing designs and colors. The reputation of this house is worldwide and this alone makes it a good reason to enjoy sampling their wares when in the town center. A simple must for chocoholics!
Standing on the Cours Mirabeau is a temple dedicated to crystallized fruits. Nobody can resist the window display, sparkling with sugary and sun-gorged fruits, pastries, chocolate confections and calissons (marzipan cakes) waiting to be tasted. The chorus of young, helpful waiting staff in black and white uniforms gives the place a traditional air, and contrasts with the colorful delights before your eyes. Well worth a visit!
One of the city's oldest districts, the Panier (literally translated meaning "basket") is where the ancient Phocaeans first settled and founded the city of Massilia. Using the 18th-century Hôtel-Dieu and Notre Dame des Accoules church bell tower (17th-19th century) as reference points, these lead to the foot of Montée des Accoules - a series of steep flights of steps typical of old Marseilles - which lead right to the heart of the district and pedestrians' paradise. Once home to the ancient city's Greek agora (a public open space used for assemblies and markets), Place de Lenche still bustles with life and has its own market, restaurants and theater. At the summit of the old town is Place des Moulins, which in the 16th Century lived up to its name with no less than fifteen flour mills. These days its fountain and school help maintain its village square's tranquility and charm.
This is one of the most peaceful markets in Marseille; no hustling or bustling while trying to make your way around all the different vendors! At the entrance, near Castellane, you will see the fruit and vegetable stalls and further down, there is a fairground. This market is open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8a to 10p. On Fridays, there is also a flower market.
Hidden in the area around the Palais de Justice, the Marche du Palais de Justice is a flea market that sells antiques and bric-a-bracs. Here one can find vendors offering exquisite handicrafts and curios that will definitely add grace to your living space. Bargain to your heart's content as you shop in the many stalls. The market is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Worthy of the national renown that this retail chain has, the Aix branch personifies the idea of eating well. It offers a wide choice of fresh food, cereals, beauty and slimming products. There is also a large selection of teas and infusions which have many of the properties necessary for your daily well being. A good place for followers of philosopher Montaigne's adage: "A healthy spirit in a healthy body."
If you've never had a calisson, definitely make your way to Confiserie Brémond to get a taste of these beloved treats. Calissons are a solidified candied fruit paste topped with icing, and they just happen to be the specialty at this confectioner. Confiserie Brémond has been in the area since 1830, so they've had decades to perfect their recipes. If you're curious about how the candy is made, stop in for a tour, offered on most weekday mornings!
Choose from a range of rustic vintage clothes and accessories at Insolite Shop Gallery that are sure to add magic to your look. The thrift store has a pleasing collection of clothing from dresses and tunics to boots and shoes, each one priced nominally. Browse through the collection and delight in the extensive range here.
Sandro is a casual chic boutique specializing in both women's and menswear. At this boutique you can find all the most trendy and eye-catching looks to update your wardrobe. From leather jackets to the smallest accessories, Sandro will make sure you're the pinnacle of fashion when you walk out its doors.