Information & Facts
Aix possesses a wealth of superb architecture that has been
carefully preserved and restored. Walking through the Cours
Mirabeau and the Rue Gaston de Saporta, visitors can admire the
famous fountains, and the private mansions with their sculptured
doors and windows and the intricate ironwork on the balconies. On
the Place des Martyrs de la Résistance is the ancient Cathedral and
in the neighbouring archbishop's palace is the Musée des
Tapisseries. A nice way to see the city and surrounding countryside
is renting a bicycle.
French is the official language.
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can
be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels,
though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major
credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques,
particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not
Aix-en-Provence can be very crowded in the summer months when
international holiday makers arrive and local tourists stream in
There are many bars and pubs to choose from in town, and a large
student population ensures that the nightlife is always lively.
Aix-en-Provence has a thriving jazz scene centred in the The Hot
Brass Jazz Club and the Scat Club, which offers late-night music
from Tuesday to Sunday. Those looking for house music can go to Le
Mistral on rue Frédéric-Mistral.
Most of the restaurants in Aix-en-Provence are centred around
the old city, between Place des Cardeurs and Cours Mirabeau. Le
Clos de la Violette is known for excellent Provençal cuisine, and
Le Passage serves contemporary Mediterranean food in a converted
19th century candy factory. Pizza Capri offers a cheap and
delicious alternative for the budget-conscious.
Shopping is one of the main reasons that tourists flock to
Aix-en-Provence; there is a large market every Saturday on Avenue
du Cap-Pinede, and smaller ones on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The town
centre is quite compact and each square seems to have another
bazaar - one is the flower market at the Place de l'Hotel de Ville,
one has vegetable and fruit stalls at the nearby Marche des
Capucins, another awonderful weekend antique market. There are also
plenty of shops, from department stores and expensive boutiques to
wonderful cheese shops, butcheries and fish shops. Around
Aix-en-Provence's old port, there are plenty of stylish shops
clustered: the Galeries Lafayette department store is ideal for a
'shopfest', along with the fashion boutiques that line the
pedestrianised Rue St-Ferreol. Fun stores for browsing can be found
on the Cours Julien, and local designers beckon on the Rue de la
Tour. The main street of Marseille, La Canabiere, stretches up the
hill away from the port, packed with inviting stores and constantly
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and
last Sunday in October).