2 Of Our Favorite Restaurants in Provence

Eating in Provence is full of late breakfasts, late and lazy lunches, and dinner at the later hour of around 9pm. No one rushes in Provence – one of the best things about this beautiful city. There are plenty of great places to eat, many of them giving the option of fabulous outdoor dining. We’ll eventually get to them all, but for now we wanted to provide you with two of our favorites:

La Fourchette

la fourchette

The restaurant is very popular among locals, and with good reason. Friendly wait staff, warm atmosphere, unique wall decor, and a heavenly smell wafting through the kitchen that you could just eat itself make this restaurant the place to be in Provence. The scrumptious escalope of salmon will leave you wanting seconds, or the salmon with leaks – delicious! Not to mention the pricing is very reasonable, although the food tastes as if it should be priced twice as high.

Address: 17 rue Racine

Le Jardin d’Hadrien

Le Jardin d'Hadrien

If you’re looking for cuisine that’s a little more French, and a little more upscale, Le Jardin d’Hadrien is the place. Sit inside among the white stone, wooden planks, and open fireplace – or be seated outdoors in the beautiful and shaded garden. Try the fresh and crisp salted cod and zucchini anbd brandade sauce – it’s amazing. Or, if you want to try something  fresh and season, the chef is constantly changing the restaurant’s menu to offer only what is in season. You can order off a prix-fixe menu, or a la carte. The prix-fixe menu is divided into two sections: gourmand and saveur. While the restaurant is a little pricier, it’s not too bad in comparison with some other upscale restaurants, and you truly are paying for excellence.

Address: 11 rue Enclos Rey

Provence has hundreds of great places to dine, offering a unique take on French food from the French-Mediterranean perspective. We’ll be sure and let you know about the one’s worth trying as we run across them – you may want to extend your vacation a bit.

 

Provence: Mediterranean Beauty

Provence

This picturesque city is located in the south eastern Mediterranean area of France, bordering Italy. The city is actually one of the earliest known human habitations in Europe, with primitive stone and tools being unearthed at one point that were up to 1.05 million years old. The city has been inhabited by the Greeks, the Romans, and even Germanic tribes since then before finally becoming part of the French state.

One of the biggest and most major rivers of France, the Rhone river, runs trough Provence. The river has been important in commerce and communications throughout time between France and locations throughout the Mediterranean. The river splits off into two arms at one point and form the Camargue delta. One arm is called the “Grand Rhone” and the other is called the “Petit Rhone”.

 

rhone river provence

Provence is filled with plenty of natural beauty, including the Maritime Alps that border along Italy, these are the highest peaks in the entire region. The top of the mountain features bare limestone and no vegetation, but what’s neat is that the limestone gives the illusion from a distance of the mountain being snow capped. The Alpilles mountains are also located in Provence. The Apilles are a small chain of mountains that aren’t extremely high, but they stand out well enough because they rise out of the Rhone valley. These mountains also feature the same limestone peaks. Other mountains that run through Provence include Montagne Sainte-Victoire and the Massif des Maures.

provence mountains

Tourists flock to Provence because of it’s mild and warm temperatures, but that’s not the only reason. One popular feature of Provence is the food, which is a unique result of the warm Mediterranean climate and the abundant fresh seafood from the coast. Rouget is a fish that frequents menu’s in Provence – a small red fish that tastes wonderful when grilled. Some other popular foods you’ll find are: Aioli, Bouillabaisse (seafood dish), Rouille (mayo and red pimento spread often put on fish or bread), Tapenade (relish of olives, capers, and olive oil spread on bread), Daube (beef stew), and many more.

aiolia

The wines of Provence are not to be ignored either, as their history extends all the way back to 600 BC. At one point, the wines of Provence were considered dull and uninspiring, however new methods and technology have changed that. Red wines are popular and consist of grenache, mourvedre, and syrah grapes. Rose wine from the region is also popular.

rose wine