Les Deux Garçons

 

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The Restaurant “Les Deux Garçons” has been an institution in Aix-en-Provence since 1792. The building was built in 1660 and is now classified as an historical momument. It’s name “The Two Boys” serves to commemorate the two waiters who bought the establishment in 1840.

I came here on sunday morning to bask in the radiant provençal sunlight and indulge myself with a “chocolat viennois”, hot chocolate with whipped cream, and a buttery croissant.

 

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Café Crème

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Green and Gold Empire Style Decoration

 

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Famous comers and goers include Winston Churchill, Picasso and Provence’s own Cezanne, and in modern times, George Clooney, Hugh Grant and Jean Reno.

Les Deux Garçons is located on the famous promenade Cours Mirabeau shaded by it’s famous Plane trees.

This sunday morning, the locals came to savor fresh oysters with white wine.

The menu is updated seasonally, and the fall menu includes savory dishes like a Carrot Salad with squash seeds and smoked duck breast for 13€

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To add to the charm of this period era restaurant are the serves in suits and ties with their white aprons and silver platters.

Everyone tries to take a peek at the upstairs banquet hall, now resrved for private events, which was once a piano bar where one could dance and sip on the cocktails of the day.

 

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This well known establishment is a must see for anyone visiting Aix-en-Provence and wishing to step back in time and admire the regal elegance of the past.

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