Where to Eat Lunch in Vaison-la-Romaine
We go often to Vaison-la-Romaine, sometimes it seems almost every day. We go for Tuesday morning market, buy basic household supplies at “Brando Vaison Ménager”, pick up cheese at an amazing shop called “Lou Canesteou”, visit friends, or simply pass through on the way to Nyons and other destinations in the Drôme Provençale.
Vaison-la-Romaine is a short (6 mile) drive from our house in Sablet along a winding road. As we near Vaison-la-Romaine, we see the castle built by the Counts of Toulouse in the 12th century sitting on a cliff above the town.
Vaison-la-Romaine is divided into two parts by the Ouvèze River; on the right bank is the ancient Roman colony and modern town and on the left bank on top of a rocky spur is the old medieval town, topped by the aforementioned castle.
Vaison is a moderate-sized town in a gorgeous region, surrounded by Mont Ventoux and the hills of the Dentelles de Montmirail. There is plenty to explore in town including an extensive Roman site, a medieval village on the hillside and a 19th-century “modern” section. If you approach the Vaison area from Avignon, you pass the villages of Sablet and Séguret, framed by the Dentelles.
Vaison has more of a “country” feel than many other cities in Provence. Located in Haute Provence, separated from the rest of Provence geographically Vaison has retained its ancient charms. There are many quiet, preserved hilltop villages with cobblestone streets and old stone houses, and no large building complexes or industrial parks in the area. The size of the town and the number of amenities make Vaison a terrific place to live.
Lunch in Vaison
Fromagerie Lou Canestou is a cheese shop owned and run by Josiane Deal, a Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF). Josiane supplies cheese to about 100 restaurants in the Vaucluse and Bouches-du-Rhône.
10 Rue Raspail,
Closed on Sundays
Bistro Du’O is an excellent bistro whose young chef won a southern Rhône “Top Chef” competition in June 2014 (sponsored by the Chateau Vaudieu winery). One day last fall, we dined at Bistro du’O in the old upper town. Continue reading here for details on this restaurant in Vaison-la-Romaine by Michel at Our House in Provence
Rue Gaston Gévaudan
Telephone:+33 (0)4 90 41 72 90
They also have three (3) beautiful guest rooms, if you want to stay over.
Peyrerol Patisserie, Chocolaterie, and Glacier make exquisite pastries, chocolates, and ice cream, everything made on site.
7 Cours Henri Fabre,
Closed on Mondays
l’Arbre à Vins is a fabulous wine bar and shop where you will find wines from all over France with at least 50% from the “local” vineyards in Côtes du Rhône, Gigondas, Chateauneuf du Pape, Cairanne and Rasteau. Owner Mathieu Schillinger has a masters’ degree in wine and curates the collection.
14 Place Montfort,
Closed on Sundays and Mondays
The market in Vaison-la-Romaine is on Tuesday mornings. It is one of the larger markets in the areas and a great place to pick up supplies for a picnic lunch.