A Food Guide to Villeneuve-lès-Avignon

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Place Jean Jaurès, Villeneuve-lès-Avignon

Villeneuve-lès-Avignon is a small town just across the Rhône river just a stone’s throw from the iconic Pope’s city, Avignon, away.

Villeneuve-lès-Avignon (On the map)

In fact the city, can be seen as the little sister of Avignon, even if it’s located in a whole other Department and Region of France. Formerly linked by the world famous Pont d’Avignon, the small and quiet town quickly became a hype among the popes and a perfect location for their summer hideaways.

Picturesque little street in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon

Today, Villeneuve-lès-Avignon is still a beautiful, picturesque little town with a castle and a history rich town center. It’s also my new hood as an expat and luckily for me a foodie heaven!

Now honestly, if you love fresh, local products from the South of France, I bet you’ll go bananas over here!

My Food Guide to Villeneuve-lès-Avignon

Here’s a list of some of the restaurants based in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon and my very biased appreciation of their dishes. This post will evolve gradually, as I will taste my way through more of those enticing restaurants of the town. Yayyy!

Restaurants in the centre of Villeneuve

Apium

This tiny restaurant is located at Place Jean Jaurès and known for it’s fresh, seasonal products and the owners’ warm welcome. Speaking of which, they are a young couple, ready to spoil you rotten. You don’t know which starter to choose? Well, they might arrange you a massive starter plate as a main course. Just ask!

Aubergine

Aubergine is another restaurant located at the Place Jean Jaurès. They are very much into traditional French cuisine! Their menu also features some exceptionally delectable burgers à la Française, each one complemented with a French sauce, like sauce tartare, crème ciboulette… So if you are a burger aficionado, definitely try one of those!

One of their yummy burgers with sauce ciboulette

Bistrot du Moulin

Now, Bistrot du Moulin is one of my absolutely favourite eateries in town! Firstly it only was an olive oil mill, but they transformed part of the main building into a restaurant and a bar.
The Chef focuses on local, fresh and high quality products and presents a wine menu of the region. There’s a limited choice à la carte (like 4 starters and 4 main dishes) that changes every now and then. The desert menu is a whole other story! You get to choose from a massive table set in the center of the restaurant, presenting a vast choice of pies and cakes… well, you know the French and their love of pastries and confectionery.

The little extra: The oil mill is still operating today and next to the bar you can enter their little shop that displays their very own range of food and beauty products made from their olive oil production.

The summer terrace of Bistrot du Moulin

Brasserie Saint Marc

This is a brasserie style eatery with exceptionally friendly and fun staff. Park yourselves onto their sunny terrace, enjoy a mojito or an iced rosé, order their burger, the daily special or just a “plancha” with charcuterie and cheese to nibble on. In short, enjoy a laid back lunch break or afternoon, while exchanging jokes with one of the waiters!

Carré Cardinal

Carré Cardinal is a hotel in the first place. If it’s sunny and hot, you absolutely have to visit their seasonal restaurant set up in an inner courtyard garden. The beauty and coziness of the place, their tapas and the occasional glass of sangria will make you grin with pleasure. The dishes are spiced up with some of the herbs, lemons and vegetables coming directly from their garden. The strings of fairy lights at night definitely add to the magical atmosphere of being on holiday.

The cute inner courtyard garden of Carré Cardinal

Kobushi

Kobushi is not really a place where you stay to eat. It’s more a sushi take away! Niggeri, Maki, or Sashimi, it’s going to be plain and simple sushi! And that’s the deal, the sushi are the freshest and tastiest I had in a very, very long time. It’s definitely a place worth trying out!

Le Prieuré

Le Prieuré is a luxury hotel and a gastronomic starred restaurant. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet had the chance to taste any of their delicious dishes, but I did taste some of their rosé, while being comfortably installed on their terrace, overlooking the lush garden. So, even if it’s just for a drink, visit Le Prieuré’s garden terrace; quite a very refreshing and zen experience.

The garden terrace at Le Prieuré – a haven of piece!

Rita – Picola Pizzeria Romana

Rita is a tiny place with amazing pizze! They are rated the best pizze in town and man, they definitely are the cream of the crop! But if you want to treat yourself to a pizza fest, don’t plan on eating at Rita’s too late: the roman style pizze are a very sought after delight and they run quickly out of these delicious Italian delicacies!
Another great thing about this tiny family held restaurant is, that they sell a collection of fabulous Italian wines. Go inside and ask the owners, they will be more than happy to give you some advice!

Square pizzas just like in Rome
Pizza Romana at Rita

Restaurants outside of the town centre

L’Enclos des Saveurs Salines

L’Enclos des Saveurs Salines is a place for seafood fanatics. Extremely fresh seashells, mussels, oysters, clams, langoustines, periwinkles … Put your plate of seafood together according to your tastes and enjoy your meal with a good bottle of wine. Be aware though, that most of the seafood comes marinated (not cooked). The alternative plate to seafood is a salmon fillet slow cooked in olive oil. It’s super yummy as well.

A customised seafood platter at Enclos des Saveurs Salines

Entre Vignes & Garrigues

Entre Vignes & Garrigues is a starred restaurant, by Chef Serge Chenet and his son Maxime. The place lays between Villeuneuve-lès-Avignon and Pujaut. You either need a car or hail a taxi to get there. It is a spectacular venue, surrounded by vineyards, olive trees and lavender. The food… well, there are no words for such a delight (although some already have defined its cuisine as divine). In general, there’s a business menu for lunch, and in the evening you’ll have a choice between 3 different menus, each one more delicious than the other. Anyway, you have to try for yourself!

In the end, almost everyone of those restaurants in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon have limited choice on their menus, which means they use fresh, seasonal and local products. The fresh taste of the Provençal herbs and the savoury vegetables ripened by the sun will definitely bring a smile to your lips.
But let’s not over egg the pudding here, go on a culinary exploration and discover the restaurants by yourself during your stay in Villeneuve-les-Avignon.

Cheers!

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  1. Those are fabulous recommendation! I love French food, especially cheese and wine:) My best friend is from France so Ive got to try many great stuff! Your list is great ! Hopefully I can visit Villeneuve-lès-Avignon one day as I love South of France!

  2. this really looks lovely; like everything I would search in a french village that is not Paris 🙂 I live in Paris! 😀 and i have seen way to few of the french countryside yet.. Avignon is on that list, especially now that I see how great the food looks! 🙂

    • You have absolutely to visite de Provence region… Beautiful nature, gorgeous food and ever-present sun ….what dou you want more! 😉

  3. My mouth is watering right now. I lived one year and a half in France and the food I miss the most. I would love to visit the seafood place, that plate looks absolutely yummy. I wish I could find a boulangerie in London near my place, every time I go back to France that is the first place I visit.

    • Yeah, I so agree with you French food is the best… and the bread!!!! I cross fingers that there’ll be a boulangerie opening very soon next to your place!

  4. I love Avignon and all of Provence! I especially love the outdoor markets. The cheese and meats and herbs and produce are so amazing I mostly cook, and eat picnics when in Provence and do less dining out! But when I do dine out -I like to choose only the best! Next time I’m there I may try one of these 🙂

    • Yeah you are so right! all those products taste so delightfull! There’s also a market once a week in Villeneuve-les-Avignon with all the cheese and saucissons, just the best 🙂

  5. Villeneuve-lès-Avignon looks like a cute town that the Tour de France passes through! French food is delicious are all the plates you photographed look delicious. I would love to sit in the garden terrace of Le Prieuré and enjoy a French wine!

    • Villeneuve is definitely a cute and picturesque town, the food is good, the wine is delicious … a perfect place to visit if you love the french atmosphere.

  6. Villeneuve looks so picturesque! 🙂 The cheese is just Sio tempting and the square pizzas made me drool <3 The ambience of all the restaurants looks amazing and you have compiled them perfectly! Love the food they whip in countryside villages . just so fresh!

  7. Delicious food and amazing restaurants. I like that backyard garden setup of Carré Cardinal the most. I won’t mind it being sunny and hot. I guess evenings would be pleasant here

    • I have only been during lunch time, and just looked into it in the evening, but I definitely will go and have some dinner there quite soon 🙂

  8. Very picturesque and just the kind of place I like. I like the recommendations you made and this is definitely a guide I would want to have when visiting.

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