The region's popularity with tourists and large anglophone community ensure modest but adequate English-language resources. Our checklist includes the nearest embassies, consulates, doctors, lawyers and emergency phone numbers.
Certain of these phone numbers cannot be dialled from abroad. To avoid confusion, ALL of the telephone numbers listed on this page are those to call from within France; i.e. excluding the international prefix, +33.
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Cami-Li Books & Tea, formerly the Librairie Shakespeare, 155 rue de la Carreterie, 84000 Avignon. Tel: 04 90 27 38 50.
Located on the north-east edge of the city near the university, the Librairie Shakespeare changed hands in early 2012 after the previous long-term owner, Wolfgang Zuckermann, retired.
It remains open for business, renamed Cami-Li Books & Tea but retaining the same telephone number.
It has thousands of English-language books and hundreds of DVDs in stock, plus a book ordering service direct from the UK and US. A tea-room with outdoor patio serves English cream teams (with home-made scones) and American brownies. Open Tues-Sat.
A limited selection of English-language books and magazines is on sale at Avignon TGV and Avignon Centre train stations.
Most French cinemas show films in dubbed versions, although some screen subtitled films. Note that on occasion a cinema may screen the same film in both versions at different times. Look out in the programme for VO / VOSTF (version originale, or subtitled), as opposed to VF (version française, or dubbed).
A very welcome arrival is the Pandora cinema, housed in a beautiful 1930s Art Deco building in the centre of Avignon. It opened in summer 2015 and screens both subtitled and dubbed prints as well as hosting masterclasses with visiting film-makers and temporary exhibitions.
Pandora, 3 rue Pourquery de Boisserin, 84000 Avignon.
Avignon's two Utopia cinemas also screen subtitled prints, except for some children's films. They also show films in their 2D versions only - and don't have commercials. Don't miss the Bistro d'Utopia if visiting the Utopia La Malutention.
Utopia La Manutention (four screens), 4 rue des Escaliers Sainte Anne, 84000 Avignon. Tel: 04 90 82 65 36
Utopia République (one screen), 5 rue Figuière, 84000 Avignon. Tel: 04 90 82 65 36
Bibliothèque Universitaire d'Avignon, 74 rue Louis Pasteur, 84000 Avignon. Tel: 04 90 16 27 87 The university library contains a large English language collection and periodicals section.
Beaumont English Language Library, Hameau de l'Eglise, 84340 Beaumont de Ventoux. Tel: 04 90 65 25 60. In the village of Beaumont de Ventoux, 48 km / 29 miles north east of Avignon, this old-established library boasts a collection of over 10,000 English-language books as well as newspapers and magazines. It also has a cultural programme and serves tea. Visits by appointment.
Accueil des villes françaises - An association welcoming newcomers to Avignon.
Association Culturelle Franco-Britannique du Comtat Venaissin - An association aiming to help English-speakers integrate in the area. Located in Carpentras, 26 km / 16 miles north east of Avignon.
The Avignon Ex-Pat Meet-up Group - A social network open to all expatriates in the Avignon area, regardless of nationality.
MAIN POST OFFICE
4 cours Président Kennedy. Tel: 04 90 27 54 10
Medical: (this also covers the SAMU, which deals with serious and specialised medical emergencies): 15
Avignon Central Hospital: Centre Hospitalier Général, 305 rue Raoul Follereau, 84000 Avignon. Tel: 04 32 75 33 33.
24 hour pharmacy information (pharmacies de garde): 3237 or www.3237.fr
Police: 17 or 04 90 16 81 00
Avignon main police station and lost and found bureau: 13 ter quai Saint Lazare. Tel: 04 90 85 13 13. Freephone number: 0800 00 84 00
Avignon gendarmerie: 20 boulevard Raspail, 84000 Avignon. Tel: 04 90 80 50 00
Fire brigade: (the firemen, or sapeurs pompiers, also provide ambulances for general medical emergencies): 18
Any of these services when calling from a mobile phone (cell phone): 112
Car pound (La fourrière): 2 boulevard André Delorme. Tel: 04 90 80 42 24.
Bison Futé (road traffic information): 0800 100 200
Anti-poison: 04 91 75 25 25
Asthma and allergies: 0800 19 20 21
Dental emergencies: 0892 56 67 66
Drugs and alcohol helpline: 113 or 04 90 86 31 08
Rape crisis: 0800 05 95 95
Victims of racial discrimination: 114
A number of centres offer free, anonymous AIDS tests in Avignon (and other towns in the Vaucluse département). The French word for AIDS is SIDA. A test, or screening, is dépistage.
AIDS helpline: 0800 840 800 (freephone number).
Hepatitis helpline: 0800 845 800 (freephone number)
LOST CREDIT CARDS AND TRAVELLERS' CHEQUES
American Express: 01 47 77 72 00
American Express Travellers' Cheques: 0800 83 28 20
Mastercard: 0800 90 13 87
Visa: 0800 90 11 79
EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES
US Consulate General (Consulat Général des Etats-Unis d'Amérique), place Varian Fry, 13286 Marseille Cedex 6. Tel: 01 43 12 48 85.
Some other English-speaking countries have no diplomatic base in Avignon or Marseille. These are the nearest contacts.
Australian Embassy, 4 rue Jean Rey, 75724 Paris Cedex 15. Tel: 01 40 59 33 00.
Honorary Consulate General of Ireland, St. Michel, 69 avenue du Roi Albert, La Californie, 06400 Cannes. Tel: 06 77 69 14 36.
DOCTORS AND LAWYERS
A list of hospitals with English-speaking doctors in South-East France, including Avignon, is available on the website of the US Consulate General.
A list of English-speaking lawyers in France is available on the website of the British Embassy in Paris. The Australian Embassy in Paris also has a list of English-speaking lawyers in France, including Marseille. Neither list includes lawyers in Avignon. The nearest contacts are in Aix en Provence or Marseille.