Le 37 is a restaurant which specializes in seafood. In general, the people of Aix en Provence head down to the coast (Marseille, Cassis, Canet and other fishing villages) on the weekends to dine on fresh fish. There are, however, a few fish restaurants in Aix that are very good. They offer good fish soup, and a fresh fish of the day. One specialty of Provence, for instance, is aioli (garlic mayonnaise), which they serve with a piece of fish, steamed vegetables like potatoes, carrots, and zucchini. The other specialty is boullabaisse, a very fine dish if prepared well, which included various types of fish (usually 4 or 5) in a broth. Le 37 also has a small outside terrace.
We went to eat at this place by coincidence because it was starting to rain and get cold. The food didn't seem so bad compared to the other nearby restaurant. And it was not at all disappointing. The waiter was very nice and we ordered the fish of the day, which was grilled tuna that came with a spicy sauce, Provencal vegetables, and rice. A very good value for the 10 euros it cost. I also ordered a tartar, a French specialty, which is basically raw ground beef with a lot of sauces and condiments. I enjoyed it and the meat was very fresh. The service was quick, but it was also the end of the noon service time. They had a heated terrace but we preferred to go inside because it was windy. The check didn't exceed 15 euros per person, drinks included.
La Belle Epoque is a cafe and restaurant in the Cours Mirabeau in the center of Aix-en-Provence. It has a lovely outdoor terrace which is the perfect place to have breakfast while watching the sunrise. I especially liked the traditional hot chocolate. The melted chocolate and steamed milk were served separately so you could mix it yourself. So good!
Le Grillon is a bar with a terrace on the Cours Mirabeau, the largest and most crowded street in Aix-en-Provence. The terrace is lovely for a morning coffee but the interior is worth a visit to. The interior seems like it's from the early part o the 20th century and they serve all kinds of dishes ranging from soups, salads, and sandwiches to crepes, pastas, and meat dishes. It's a good place to check out and the staff is very friendly.
Not too well known, as it's not in the centre, this is nevertheless popular with the karaoke-loving Asian population. It's quite large, so when it's empty, it can feel a bit intimidating. Enormous potential for special events.
It's a good place to dine on signature French products. They feature foi gras and steak tartare. The menu is in French, but the head waiter will help you and will explain all the dishes in English. There are good regional wines, too.