A few steps from the Rotonde, Yoji is probably the best sushi and Japanese food in Aix. It has a good terrace in summer which is almost a garden, and inside is welcoming and smart. The service is excellent. As well as sushi the gyoza stand out and there is a Korean bbq, which means […]

Brasserie des Artistes

This modern cafe sprawls across the new shopping centre of Les Allées Provencales. We wouldn’t recommend it for lunch when service can be slow and food is average, but it’s a good place for breakfast – freshly squeezed juice, decent coffee and croissants. And if you have kids with energy, it’s on a big pedestrian […]

Les 2 Frères

Not to be confused with Les Deux Garcons, this sleek modern restaurant is a little outside of the centre, 10 minutes walk, but that means it has parking, and more importantly a beautiful terrace that you won’t find in the centre,  spacious, zen-like, airy, shaded by trees and bamboo. Even if it is not terrace […]

La Mado

For decent food and a lively atmosphere head to La Mado, opposite the Palais de Justice. You get modern French bistro dishes – steak, lamb, tartare – but you can also go for pretty good sushi. But anyway there is better food in Aix, though not many places as lively – you come to La […]

Pain Quotidien

If you’re looking for something familiar the service and food at this international chain are reliable and it has a well-placed terrace by the market in Place Richelme. Soups, salads, quiches and a tendency toward an expat crowd. Big wooden tables, homely decor, good ‘detox’ shakes. For a lovely, creamy scrambled eggs on toast for […]


When you get that craving for Thai this is the place to come. Choices are limited but cover the range – meat, fish, salad, noodles. Squish up with the locals on bar stools and enjoy simple authentic Thai dishes. This is a fast-food restaurant in that it is fast, they just reheat dishes but the […]

La Cerise sur le Gateau

Probably the smallest restaurant in Aix, and perhaps the most intriguing dining experience. This is a one-man show – the owner welcomes, he explains, he cooks, he serves. He can do all this because inside there are about 4 tables, and a few more outside in the warmer months. His food is thought out, organic, […]