Aix-en-Provence Tourist Traps

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  • La Pizza Restaurant Aix-en-Provence - beware no Pi

    by NormanNorney Written Dec 8, 2006

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    The night we went there in September 2006 pizza's were not on the menu and the fillet steak ordered was actually burnt with some charcoal lines on it.... a steak burnt ? in France ?
    No reduction in price was offered and the staff obviously have enough "passing trade" not to care.

    Unique Suggestions: I would say check that the Pizza oven is working before you sit down,as we only went there because of internet reviews saying the pizzas were good.

    Fun Alternatives: There are so many restaurants nearby.

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    Atelier Cézanne - so?

    by maria_mullah Written Apr 3, 2006

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    The painter's house and garden. Sure, an ok place to go if
    you have nothing else to do, but I don't think it's worth it.
    Costs 4 euro to get in and you only get to see one room.
    Can't take any photos either.

    Unique Suggestions: Take a longer walk in the garden instead, and while you're up there,
    continue up the hill to portail de Cézanne and watch the Mont Saint Victoire instead.

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    Cafés on Cours Mirabeau

    by maria_mullah Written Apr 3, 2006

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    Well, ok, you've got to go there if you visit Aix, it's impossible not to.
    What I'd like to advise you to avoid are the cafés, they charge WAY
    too much for whatever you're ordering.

    Fun Alternatives: Take one of the side-streets off cours Mirabeau instead. You'll have
    much better value for money and you'll avoid many other tourists.

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    Obviously not the place it once was

    by englishchris Written Jul 11, 2005

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    Aix's most famous cafe is the Deux Garcons on the Cours Mirabeau. Well used by Cezanne and "covered" in a Year in Provence, this is one of the local landmarks.
    But it has obviously lost what it had, because it is now lacking in atmosphere and patronage, and has a rude waiter to top it off.

    Unique Suggestions: Dont waste your time and money here, as there are a number of much more enjoyable establishments just a few yards down the road.

    Fun Alternatives: Try the Bastides du Cours for a better time.
    Alternatively go up to the squares around the Town Hall, for a cheaper and more relaxed alternative for a snack, drink and an couple of hours people-watching.

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    Paul Cezanne’s workshop

    by rwlittle Written Jun 27, 2004

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    Paul Cezanne���s workshop, Aix-en-Provence

    This photo shows the outside of Paul Cezanne’s workshop, w/ Provencal window, with M sitting in the shadows. We didn't go inside as it was very expensive. We were rather annoyed, the tourist bureau's map was very misleading, the walk to the workshop was a long one, up a hill, not anything like the map indicated.

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  • how to get to "Costly Mirabeau"

    by mario12 Written Jun 5, 2003

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    One tourist trap to watch out for the eating in the resturants on the Cours Mireabeau! As this is the main street and an ideal place to people watch , but service is very rushed and extreemly pricey! a much better idea is to eat someplace off the Cours mirabeau and return there fora drink to any of the over-priced resturants/cafes and bars. THen you still get a great french meal , and get to people watch on the Cours!

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    Rip-off, rude Mirabeau

    by rickyvilla81 Written Nov 3, 2002

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    So you want to eat and drink on the Cours Mirabeau? Fine, if you know what to expect. Unless you're going to Ben and Jerrys, dining on this street can be expensive as hell, and the waiters are not always very helpful. Sure, it's good for people watching, but only if you want to watch other tourists aimlessing dodging local swankies. Go a little further into town for a more relaxed and better value meal, and leave the cours for the Sunday stroll, attractive though it may be.

    Unique Suggestions: Well, it is snobby, but pop into Les Deux Garcons.

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    Actually, the opposite of a...

    by AndreasK Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Actually, the opposite of a tourist trap:
    Just before entering university, I spent three weeks in Aix to learn French. I've been to a dozen of different language schools in London, Paris, Florence, Lisbon, Chicago, Tokyo etc... But the one in Aix is the best – the Institut Franco-Scandinave.

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