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A Chef's Tour of Provence

Akiko Ida and Pierre Javelle Chef Wout Bru at the Friday-morning markket in Eygalières.

Photo: Akiko Ida and Pierre Javelle

With so many options in southern France, creating an authentic Provençal experience isn't easy. Wout Bru, an accomplished chef with a golden pedigree, shares his picks of the area's best. Read the article

Inspired by: Hidden Provence — by Christopher Petkanas, Published Sep. 2006

Hotels (1)

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Restaurants (2)

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    Opéra Café

    With its resident DJ and even a bouncer, the Opéra Café is an oasis très design, as the French say, in the Papal City's principal square. At about

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    Bistrot d'Eygalières

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    Le Petit Duc

    When it comes to off-the-charts cookies in France, all roads lead to Le Petit Duc, whose Oreilles de la Bonne Déesse, or Ears of the Good Goddess,

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    Joël Durand

    Joël Durand's chocolate flavors swing from the herbal (thyme, rosemary) to the floral (violet, jasmine). Sweetening his international reputation a

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    Musée Frédéric Mistral

    But for a true understanding of Frédéric Mistral—whose signal work, Mireille, has all the grandeur of a Greek tragedy—visit his home, Le Musée Fréd

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    Chateau d'Estoublon

    As producers of an A.O.C. Vallée des Baux de Provence oil, the 18th-century Château d'Estoublon is required to press its olives within three days o

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    Les Indiennes de Nîmes

    The shop stocks the indestructible moleskin riding pants worn by cowboys in the Camargue region of Provence owe their erotic cachet not just to the

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    La Maison d'Anaïs

    This is the defining southern France shopping experience—perfumed, scrumptious, and homespun. On two floors of a lovely old village house, La Maiso

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    Jardin de l'Alchimiste

    Arnaud Maurières and Eric Ossart's enthralling one-of-a-kind garden, Le Jardin de l'Alchimiste, showcases the sorcerous power of plants and the som

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    Domaine Hauvette

    To purchase the lusty red that Dominique Hauvette turns out under the Baux de Provence appellation at Domaine Hauvette, you'll need an appointment—

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