Au Pet't Quart d'Heure logoIf you want to avoid the overpriced bars on the Cours Mirabeau: take a tour into the Old Town to this friendly little spot which serves local wines at bargain prices.

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It's not just plonk either. Each month a different vintage is hand-picked as the house wine, available in the usual three colours. The glasses are small, admittedly, but and the cost has risen since the bar first opened and offered its drinks at just one €uro.

But Au Pet't quart d'heure remains a friendly, popular, affordable spot much favoured by youg Aixois.

The decor is simple (exposed beams and upturned barrels for tables) and you'll almost certainly have to stand, but it all adds to the place's informal charm. In wamer weather there are more tables outside on the square.

Au Pet't Quart d'Heure means "a quick quarter of an hour" as well as being a pun on the address: the Forum des Cardeurs, the huge square where dozens of Aix's restaurants are clustered together.

You could stop by the bar for a swift apéritif before lunch or dinner, or linger for a long, mellow evening. In that case small snacks - a range of tapenades and dips - are available to buy if hunger eventually strikes or if you feel the need to soak it all up.

Au Pet't Quart d'Heure, Aix en ProvenceSome of the wines are also sold by the bottle at retail prices to drink on the spot (with a corkage charge) or to take away.

Visited December 2011 - and regularly thereafter.

Where: Au Pet't Quart d'Heure, 21 Forum des Cardeurs, 13100 Aix en Provence. Tel: (+33) 9 82 41 83 69 Website for Au Pet't Quart d'Heure

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