Address: 32 rue de Vauvenargues, Aix en Provence
Access: Aix&Terra is located between Place Richelme and Place de l’hôtel de Ville, in the heart of the historical Center of Aix-en-Provence. If you want to visit Aix-en-Provence from Paris, there are a lot of trains from Gare de Lyon to Aix-en-Provence TGV (approximately three hours). From Aix-en-Provence TGV you can get to the city center by shuttle (20 minutes, 4 euros).
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 to 13:30, 15:00 to 19:00
Prices: 4 to 20 euros
Provence is well known for its sunny landscapes, its lavender fields and its amazing food. Indeed, Provence cuisine is one of the most healthy in Europe. Provence cuisine belongs to the Mediterranean cuisine, which is characterized by the use of olive oil, herbs (thyme, rosemary, basil… ) and vegetables as eggplants, zucchini and pepper (like in the famous “Ratatouille”).
Good news : you can bring back home some delicious Provence souvenirs, that could be great gifts for your friends and family that haven’t gotten the chance to visit France yet. In Aix&Terra, you can find a lot of delicious products such as appetizers, jam, olive oil, honey, sauces…
The shop is located in the historical part of the town, in the Vauvenargues street (linking Place Richelme and Place de l’hôtel de Ville). On place Richelme, there is every morning a traditional market that worth the visit.
Most of the products that you can find in the shop are made in Provence, with local ingredients. However, the prices are very reasonable, ranging mostly from 5 to 20 euros. Moreover, with the O’bon Paris coupon you can get 10% off on all the products.
There is a large choice of products, so you will surely find some that you really like. You can also try different products and the staffs are there to advise you. However, we do suggest some products that we particularly appreciate.
There are plenty of olive oil kind in the shop (lemon olive oil, garlic olive oil…), some stronger than others. Their best product is the Black truffle olive oil, which is handmade in Provence and has a subtle truffle flavor.
It’s a tradition in France to eat jam spread on bread for breakfast or as a dessert. Among the Aix&Terra’s jam we tried, we particularly liked the Raspberry jam with lemon, the chocolate and chestnut spread and the lemon curd.
Provence appetizers and hors d’oeuvres
During summer or special occasions, French people usually take “aperitif” which is a pre-dinner drink served with appetizers. These appetizers are usually made of bread toasts with “tapenade” (chopped olives and olive oil), eggplants, or tomatoes. You can find several yummy Provence hors d’oeuvres in Aix&Terra such as sun dried tomatoes spread, red pepper dip or eggplant dip with black truffle.
Sel de Camargue and Truffe noire
We also highly recommend, if you like truffle, the “salt with black truffle” is a very nice and original souvenir to bring back home.
Aix&Terra products can be a good option for a “picnic” lunch: get a baguette from a bakery and spread one of the Aix&Terra products on it (like the toasted eggplant or the hummus with with red pepper).
Author, Photo: Vincent Sacau