Most people associate France with its gastronomic heritage of fine food and wine and Aix en Provence is a perfect example of this idea. Aix is a foodie’s paradise, as evidenced not just by the number of restaurants, bistros and cafés, but by centuries’ old food speciality shops that still maintain their first-class reputations. At a time when supermarkets seem to be taking over, customers continue to crowd into these shops in search of the best in each category of cuisine. You will meet the craftsmen and craftswomen, the owners and generations of family who own these culinary treasures. We will taste their specialties as well, many of them awarded gastronomic prizes in France.
This tour will also take in the small, daily market in the Place Richelme, allowing us to pause for coffee at a traditional “torrefacteur’s” café, or coffee roastery. Having explored the historic medieval quarter of Aix, we will save the best for (almost) last, visiting the most ancient of craftsman, the fromagère. You will be bewildered by the range of cheeses displayed in his tiny shop and the amount of customers crowding in. We will select a few cheeses and trot off to enjoy them at the counter of a Provence wines specialist, finishing our morning with a wine and cheese pairing. If you consider yourself a true gourmet, you will enjoy this French culinary adventure, as Jennifer passionately introduces you to the best food specialists and gastronomic heritage and history of Aix en Provence.