AIX IS A CULTURAL CITY WHICH...
AIX IS A CULTURAL CITY WHICH HAS KEPT ITS HISTORICAL CHARM.MORE THAN 60% OF THE POPULATION IS STUDENTS
A WONDERFUL PLACE TO DISCOVER KNOWN FOR ITS FOUNTAINS(more than 100!)
A PLACE FOR FUN ALSO / A GOOD CLUB IS THE PAPAGAYO(more for a starter)
ALSO THE MISTRAL AND THE QUEENS HEAD
It is a practise that has long died out in Britain, if it ever existed, but here in France most shops still close at lunchtime. Monoprix does not, nor the large Casino, but if you are out and about in town between half past twelve and half past two, then your shopping options will be somewhat limited.
Shopping Like the Aixoise
As in almost all European cities, there are wonderful street markets.
Place des Prêcheurs : Tuesday,Thursday, Saturday.
Place de la Madeleine : Tuesday,Thursday, Saturday.
Place Richelme : every day.
Place de la Mairie : Tuesday,Thursday, Saturday.
Place des Prêcheurs : Monday,Wednesday, Friday, Sunday.
ANTIQUES AND FLEA MARKET
Place de Verdun : Tuesday,Thursday, Saturday.
Place Jeanne d’Arc :
• - Antiques days and flea market
• - Flea market days : very last Monday of the month except in July,November and December.
OLD AND SECOND HAND BOOKSTALLS
Every 1st Sunday of the month at the City Hall Square.
WITH MATERIAL AND CLOTHING ITEMS
Place Verdun and Place Monclar : Tuesday,Thursday, Saturday. Clothing, Provencal fabrics, tableclothes, knick knacks, books, antiques, dry goods, fruits, vegetable, meats, fish, olives, olive oil, spices.
Salmon and Duck...
On the forum des Cardeurs is a little restaurant called Le Refuge. Although I never ate here, I heard good things, and was charmed by their menu. It looks like the exterior of a Canadian Log Cabin from the outside, and I think that is their theme - they serve mostly Salmon and Duck.
There is a cool little comic and figurine shop next door called "L'ontre du Sporgleaux"... "Le Meilleur du saumon", 16 Euros:
this is an "assiette degustation" comprising lots of different types of cooked salmon, such as Smoked on Toast, Skewered and Grilled, "papillote de saumon a l'orange" (sounds better in French, eh!)
What I really like are the names of the desserts, such as 'pourquoi pas', 'ou encore', 'et enfin' and 'l'ultime tentative', which is "le fromage blanc au sirop d'erable ou au coulis de fruits rouges..."
I'm not sure what "sirop d'erable" is, I must look it up...
A revolutionary site !
On the cours Mirabeau you will see a Café called "Les Deux Garçons" . This place where you can have a drink and Lunch as well, is more than 200 years old.
It is famous because MIrabeau addressed several revolutionary speeches there just before the French revolution.