A further important aspect of Provençal life is, of course, the food. The region has one of the finest wine regions in France - Châteauneuf-du-Pape. A wine tasting tour among the châteaus is definitely highly recommended.
As for the best restaurants in Provence, it can be a guide on its own. One restaurant that is worth mentioning here is Bistrot du Paradou (57 Ave. de la Vallée des Baux, Maussane-les-Alpilles). It is the kind of place that serious food lovers dream to discover in Provence. The exterior of the building looks inviting with its brightly white painted walls with typical Provencal pale blue shutters. Two giant oak trees shaded the crushed limestone terrace. It is an unpretentious, no-frills eatery without even a written menu. All you get is whatever the chef decided to cook for that day and that’s all.
There is no fancy linen, no imposing sommeliers with an extensive wine list. Every table is given a bottle of house wine. What you really get here is a solid authentic Provençal meal. The foie-gras terrine with toast, the beef fillet, a plateau of cheeses and homemade ice cream are something you will remember for quite some time. In fact, the Bistro is so popular that there is no need for a silly little web site. Get old fashioned, give them a call to book your reservation if you want to secure a table.