Planning for your next culinary getaway? Provence is the enchanting place for great food with abundance of fresh produce, sunshine and where long lunches is still a ritual. It has been a dream come true for me to come to Provence after reading so much about it. My dining experience in Provence is as varied from the casual cafe to Michelin-listed restaurant. The dishes range from classic favourites such as galette, escargot to modern French interpretation with the usual suspect such as truffle and fancy dessert. I've enjoyed myself thoroughly as I immerse myself in the culture of joie de vivre. Everything in Provence moves with a slow grace and a laissez-faire attitude when time just slows down. It is not unusual to see a restaurant operated only with a husband and wife team. What you'll also notice is that most menu come as prefix menu which works out much cheaper than ordering a lar carte. Are you ready? Sit back and relax as I bring you a culinary journey in Avignon..
I found this cafe by accident as I was walking to my Airbnb accommodation. Outdoor setting under the trees, this cafe exudes a casual atmosphere. The waitress speaks good English and probably very familiar with all the tourists coming here. Enjoy light-hearted meal such as galette in various filling or classic such as Nicoise salad or what's on special for the day. Don't forget to order a glass or a jug of house wine to go with your meal. If you love your dessert, simply step inside the cafe and choose from the arrays of tarts, croissants to finish off your meal. It's such a relaxing and friendly cafe that I went there twice! Come here for a long relaxing lunch with great value for money.
Note: I do apologise but this charming cafe is not located on any website. It is next Creperie "La Floudiliz"
Address: Place du Cloitre Saint Pierre, 84000 Avignon, France
#2 Le Vintage
Located amongst a row of restaurants, I stumbled into this restaurant by chance. Come here for casual meals with good value for money. For a mere 16 euros, you can get two-course meal with generous helping. The menu is quintessentially French with baked camembert and seasonal showcasing local produce. Sit outside and watch the passerby and soak up the atmosphere. The service might be a bit abrupt but the food makes up for it.
Address: 10 Rue Galante, 84000 Avignon, France
Menu: $16 euros for 2 course meal
#3 La Fourchette
Recommended by my French Airbnb host, I know that I'm going to get some delicious traditional meal from this popular Avignon institution. Located just a stone away from the major tourist attraction, Palace de Pape, this restaurant is famous both to the locals and tourists. The restaurant is elegant with various art showcasing fork (la fourchette means fork in French) and also exudes a certain warmth with family gathering taking place. Do me a favour and order their signature dish - La daubede boeuf a l'Avignonnaise served with gratin de macaroni. The beef cheek is so tender and melt in your mouth and the gravy was so flavoursome with chunks of carrots and olive in it. I polished the whole plate clean. It's definitely one of the best beef cheeks I've ever had! I left the restaurant with stomach full and big smile plastered on my face (talk about satisfied customer!) By far, my favourite restaurant in Avignon!
Address: 17 Rue Racine, 84000 Avignon, France
Menu: $36 euro for two course meal
Tips: Book in advance
#4 Fou de FaFa
Listed as the number one restaurant on Trip Advisor, this restaurant is also recommended by my Airbnb host. With a booking confirmed, I went on for another food marathon. This cute restaurant with red panelling and door on the outside is both charming and unassuming. It is run by a husband and wife from surprisingly, England! Just imagine English cook in France! Simple French food with fresh local produce beautifully executed. Stephanie is friendly and courteous and make you feel welcomed. Make sure you make a booking to come here as it is a small restaurant and very popular.
Address: 17 rue des 3 Faucons, 84000, Avignon, France
Menu: 25-26 euros for 2 course meal
32 euros for 3 course meal
Tips: Book in advance
This fine dining restaurant is listed on the Michelin guide and is both popular among the locals and tourists. The restaurant is elegant and also come with a courtyard at the back. The host, wife of the chef, greets me warmly as I arrived. You can choose from the two pre-fixed menu of 36 euros or 48 euros. I can't miss out on the truffle so I opted for the second option. Their signature dish is the soft-boiled egg with truffle oil with thin codfish puree and summer truffle on slice of grilled bread. It's a dish you'll remember as there's nothing better combination of perfect egg with truffle. The service is courteous and friendly. Great dining experience of modern interpretation of fine French cuisine.
Address: 2 Rue de la Petite Fusterie, 84000 Avignon, France
Tips: Book in advance
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By PhehSze (PS) Teh
Pheh Sze or more commonly known as PS, is the founder of FoodSocial. She's a part-time 'legal drug-dealer' (aka a pharmacist) but a full-time food lover entrepreneur and a philosopher at heart. When she's not in her white jacket or planning her next culinary journey, she loves to ponder about the meaning of life.