Le Petit Café Takes the Cake

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There’s no doubt that the food in Provence is amazing. So each year, we like to award a restaurant for the best food of the trip. We have our favorites—Le Fournil in Bonnieux, les Remparts in Venasque, la Bergerie in Maubec, and la Terrasse in Joucas. But this year, le Petit Café wins for most delicious meal of the trip!

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This restaurant has been one of our favorites for some time. For one thing, it is located in the enchanting village of Oppède-le-Vieux, where the evening ambience is captivating to say the least. Yet, the food is downright delicious! Here’s a sample of the menu, which changes weekly.

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We had the tagliatelle with artichokes, tomatoes, ham, and pesto, as well as the beef with tomato, arugula, and Parmesan, accompanied with potatoes.

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The biscuits with chocolat, caramel ice cream, and sea salt were a hit. And the tiramisu was perhaps the best ever!

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We were really looking forward to seeing our majestic canine friend sitting on his spool. But apparently, he was confined to his room, as we caught sight of him from his window above.

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Le Petit Café is a characterful little find that won’t disappoint, especially at night. Reservations recommended, as it books up fast.

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À bientôt!

Le Petit Café in the Majestic Oppède-le-Vieux

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Some things just don’t change. Don’t you love it when you return to a place and it feels like nothing has skipped a beat while you were gone? Like le Petit Café located in the breathtaking Oppède-le-Vieux. The same white dog sitting on a spool in the center of it all.

We had another amazing meal at this restaurant. It really is an extremely enchanting place in the evening, located in the very ancient village square. This time we parked our car a good 15 minutes away so as to enjoy a surreal walk before dinner with a backdrop of vineyards, the Luberon mountain, and the ruins of Oppède. This made for a romantic yet scary walk back later in the dark, all the time wondering if a wild boar would present itself.

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Being that le Petit Café is a Mediterranan-inspired restaurant, what better way to start our meal than with the most delicious olives and bread! For our main course, we chose the côte de veau with lemon and vegetables and the pavé de saumon à la plancha with risotto and ratatouille. The food was so fresh and delicious that this restaurant is now number three on our list of Provençal favorites.

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And for dessert, crème citronnée sur lit de fruits and tiramisu maison. Voilà!

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Happy and content, we must now venture in the dark back to our car through the enchanting Oppède-le-Vieux. Can’t wait to return to le Petit Café.

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À bientôt!

Oppède-le-Vieux—Breathtaking Enchantment

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Every visitor to the Vaucluse department of Provence must make time to visit this raw, rugged, breathtaking jewel of the Luberon. Frozen in time, Oppède-le-Vieux enchants its visitors with its majestic position clinging to the side of the Luberon. Even the walk up from the parking lot into the village is like walking through a botanical garden, with the flora and cypress trees beckoning one to come discover this enchanting place.

IMG_0907Dating back to the 12th century, Oppède-le-Vieux charms its visitors with its architecture. From the center of the village, it is just a short, steep hike up a cobblestone path to reach the ruins on top, where there is a spectacular panorama of the Luberon Valley.

Afterward, visitors can enjoy lunch or a refreshing beverage in the center square at le Petit Café, which is a Mediterranean restaurant serving quite tasty fare. This is a lively little spot to watch the comings and goings of the village, while the owner’s dog mingles with the guests or lounges on a spool in the midst of all the shenanigans.

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For a truly enchanting experience, though, go in the evening for dinner when the village of Oppède is all lit up against the cliff. This is the time when the tourists have moved on and the locals have arrived for a delicious meal in a dreamy environment. Finish the evening with an after dinner stroll through the illuminated streets for a memorable evening under the Provençal sky.

À bientôt!