Cours Mirabeau#2 in Best Things To Do in Aix-en-Provence
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This shady boulevard is canopied in trees and punctuated by three lovely fountains. You can take a stroll down the street while admiring the regal buildings that flank its edges, including the Hôtel des Villiers and the Hôtel d'Arbod Jouques. Open-air cafes like Les Deux Garçons and a variety of market vendors also rest along this popular pedestrian corridor. The atmosphere here, on this crossroads of the Quartier Mazarin (or new town) and Villa comtale (old town), is cheery and chic.
"Cours Mirabeau is not to be missed," said one TripAdvisor user. "Although this is the grandest boulevard within old Aix, it has the down-to-earth feel, unlike the Parisian equivalent of the Champs Elysees."
Fun fact: The street is named after the 18th-century Count of Mirabeau, who was known for his less than attractive looks and his scandalous behavior (before his marriage, his carriage was seen outside of his fiancee's home all night long).
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#1 Le Grand Marché
While in Aix-en-Provence, you must visit a provincial market. And Le Grand Marché refers to the many markets that flood the city's squares: You'll find fresh food and sweet treats in Place des Prêcheurs and Place de la Madeleine, gorgeous garments in the clothing market on the Cours Mirabeau on Tuesdays and Thursdays (it's around the Palais des Justice on Saturdays), a flea market around the Place de Verdun and a flower market at the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville.
Keep in mind that these markets are only open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (typically in the morning) and hours vary.
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