Mistral Bistro Moderne

Husband and wife team do everything here, he is in the kitchen and she (Canadian) runs front of house.Mistral is small, only about 30 covers, with clean lines and no hint that you are in the bric-a-brac/antiques centre of Provence. The name says is well – modern bistro. The menu is not long and it […]

La Manutention

A trip to the movies is probably not on most itineraries, but the Utopia arthouse cinema is in such a lovely setting we recommend going for the bar or restaurant next door, La Manutention. Also the films are in their original language, often English. For the restaurant, it’s just a nice place to be, between […]

L’Italie la-bas

Don’t feel strange about eating Italian in Avignon – remember the Popes lived here once! This is authentic Italian, with a nod to modern sensibilities – all pasta dishes can be made gluten-free if requested, and there are options for vegetarians. A small restaurant off the main thoroughfare of Avignon. Specialties: arancini (rice balls) stuffed […]

Le Zinzolin

Modern Mediterranean restaurant on the buzzing Rue des Teinturiers with charming service even during the manic days of the festival. They prioritise local suppliers and organic produce. Dishes that might feature: linguine with tiny clams, coarse burger, risotto, half-n-half of scallops and tiger prawns.


Set in a grand Avignon mansion, this place is just asking to be labelled ‘trendy’. Don’t let that put you off, the outdoor area is in the huge courtyard in the middle of the building, with a cocktail bar, and sometimes a DJ is at work: you almost expect a catwalk to pop up for […]