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53 Cours Mirabeau

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Cafes Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.3

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  • 3.5Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

A popular brasserie, located right on Cours Mirabeau, Les Deux Garçons has served coffee to everyone from Paul Cézanne to Emile Zola. It's been a prominent place for artists and intellectuals since its founding in 1792, but some say the food quality and service have deteriorated recently. However, no one can dispute its prime location in a hip area of Aix. You can choose to lounge outside and watch passers-by or enjoy your café-au-lait inside, where you'll be transported back in time by the ornate mural and gilt decor.

"No visit to Aix would be complete without stopping by the city's oldest cafe, where Cézanne and Zola convened," said one TripAdvisor user. "But … the menu is expensive and not very memorable."

Les Deux Garçons is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June through September and noon to 6 p.m. October through May. For sample menus and more information, head to the restaurant's website.

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