Fodor's Expert Review Café de la Place

St-Paul Restaurant

On your way from the overpriced parking garages, you'll pass a Provençal scene played out with cinematic flair yet still authentic: the perpetual game of pétanque outside the Café de la Place. A sun-weathered pack of men (and it is overwhelmingly men) in caps, cardigans, and workers' blues—occasionally joined by a passing professional with tie and rolled-up sleeves—gathers under the massive plane trees and stands serene, silent, and intent to toss metal balls across the dusty square. Until his death, Yves Montand made regular appearances here, participating in this ultimate southern scenario. It's the perfect place to people-watch, but best to lower all expectations about food and friendly service.

Want to give pétanque a go? The Tourist Office rents balls for €4 per person, and you can play for as long as you want. Pay a few euros extra, and you'll get your own private tutor in English.


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Pl. de Gaulle
St-Paul-de-Vence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur  06570, France


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