France // Avignon

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So the very last post of French wines week, it has been a great ride. To close off the week I would like to introduce you to a couple hotspots in Avignon which are worthwhile your visit. It is a medium large city in the south of France with some great cafes, restaurants and shopping. But much more restaurants since France has a  much bigger restaurant culture (apparently barhopping isn’t that cool). I had the pleasure to have dinner in one of the most delicious restaurants, L’Essentiel.

Many people told me that it is one of the best restaurants in Avignon and I couldn’t disagree. Accompanied by the lovely Jessica of the Rhône Valley wine tourism department we had an amaaahazing three course meal. Fresh asparagus ravioli, scallops with  truffle sauce (another local product) and a macaron dessert accompanied by the best wines. Since it was my last day I kind of really wanted to have the cheese at the end of the meal as well but I was wisely told that I might be too full, and right she was. A perfect last meal for this trip and thanks again Jessica for the great company!

Avignon is also very well-known for its Palais des Papes and the Pond D’Avignon. For a lot of people it is the main attraction of the city so you should expect plenty of tourists. Not really my cup of tea (the crowds of tourists that is) but I did enjoy the immense history of the building.  My favorite spot though? Les Halles! It is the town’s covered market place which is located in the back of the shopping streets. You can find everything here from the best cheeses, typical French spreads, fish or fresh strawberries. As I just had a few hours, I only got the chance to visit Palais des Papes, les Halles and a little bit of the shops.

I ended my trip at the perfect B&B to please my citygirl heart, Madame Boussingault. Don’t get me wrong I love love being in the rural landscape but I love staying a design B&B such as this one just as much. While having breakfast in the upstairs apartment of owner Anne, I couldn’t stop looking at the beautiful living rooms and how it was perfectly accessorized. The room was spacious enough as well and the B&B is very nicely situated in the centre of Avignon. Great spot if you’re on the look-out to sleep here.

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Maison Boussingault
39 Rue Boussingault
84000 Avignon

Les Halles
Place Pie

Restaurant L’Essentiel
2, rue Petite Fusterie
84000 Avignon
Tél : 04 90 85 87 12

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My Rhône Valley Itinerary
France // Avignon