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All of a sudden it seems that Christmas is upon us and Aix really celebrates Christmas in style.

Here are the main festive markets (more…)

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Sunday Brunch + Expo

Mana Burger – sweet potato – served with avocado and salad. A treat in Aix!

Great link here with lots of  ideas for brunch, partnered with a visit to a  nearby exhibition.  https://www.myprovence.fr/article/top-10-des-brunchs-du-dimanche-en-provence.

It’s good to see the concept of Sunday brunch catching on and this article has given me several  ideas to try out.

The two locations recommended in Aix, Maison Nosh and Mana Espresso, are great but both already popular and on the small side;  get there early to bag a table!

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Just Opened in Marseille

A tiramisu bar!  What’s not to like?  Launched by a dynamic young couple, there are seven flavours and a choice of toppings, all made in-house.  Small premises so mainly take-away.  Le Tiramisu is at 191 Bd de Saint-Marcel (11th). tel: 33-7-68-74-86-55. https://www.facebook.com/laprovence/videos/2476335939266028/?v=2476335939266028

Alinea who have loads of lovely things for the home have opened a boutique at the Docks Village in Marseille: https://www.lesdocks-marseille.com/boutiques/45/alinea

and while you are there, you may like to visit Le Hippie Chic Café, one of the new eateries recommended by ‘Made in Marseille’.  Can’t wait to try it!  Read on…

Les bars et restos “tendances” qui font bouger Marseille

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A week after the Journées du Patrimoine comes Journées des Visites Gourmandes this weekend (Fri 27-Sat 28th) celebrating  local artisans: visitors can call into enterprises all over the Bouches-du-Rhone to watch the production of chocolate, navettes, calissons, biscuits, ceramics, goats cheese, wine, bread….Here’s the list https://www.myprovence.fr/agenda-culturel/rassemblements/provence/158079-les-journees-des-visites-gourmandes with addresses and opening times.

A perfect opportunity to go behind the scenes and see some of these typical Provencal items being produced.

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More Gourmet Events this weekend

However quintessentially French these events may be, the organisers lapse into English to describe the pleasures ahead. ‘Midi Minuit en Republique’ is described as ‘la grande garden-party’, where there will be ‘street-food’ and ‘cooking-shows’.

This twelve-hour event takes place  just off the Vieux Port in the rue de la Republique with food served around a ‘grande table conviviale’.  Saturday 28th Sept.

The following day sees ‘Le Brunch des Producteurs’ up in the open square atop Fort Saint-Jean (next to MuCEM).  More English here as we are invited to ‘venir bruncher’ on creations whipped up by the chefs of the Mole Passedat.  Dishes are priced at between 3-12 euros and will be served at more ‘grandes tables conviviales’.  Sounds like fun and the views, of course, will be superb.

Just an update on the picnic parties being organised for 5-6 October.  (https://aixcentric.com/2019/09/20/book-now-for-four-star-chefs-picnics/).  If you have a Pass My Provence card, and pay for one adult picnic box, you get the second one free!

You have til 2nd October to book.

Details of how  to get a Pass My Provence card are here; http://pass.myprovence.fr/  too late for this event probably, but a very useful card to have if you are a resident of Bouches-du-Rhone.

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It’s a sign of the times that people are reclaiming the streets from the remorseless  increase in traffic and it’s no different in Marseille’s main thoroughfare La Canebiere which is going from this:


to this:


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