Cours Mirabeau is the centre of cafe culture and people-watching in Aix-en-Provence. Of the many cafes and brasseries lining the lovely boulevard, Les Deux Garcons is the the quintessential experience. Frequented by big names of yore like Cézanne, his childhood buddy Emile Zola, M.F.K. Fisher, Pablo Picasso, Winston Churchill, Edith Piaf and many more, you come here to bask in history and ogle at the ornate old-school decor.
Despite the Paris prices and other tourists, the waitstaff is swift and courteous and the apertifs are unimpeachable. Come at an off-peak time. Order a dozen oysters and some Vaucluse viognier (or Cassis) for the parents, omelet and frites for the kids, and linger.
For parents of small folk, definitely sit on the terrace rather than inside. The lively promenade along the boulevard and ample room make it easier on you both in terms of entertainment and parking your stroller.
53 Cours Mirabeau, Les2garcons.fr
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