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Place du Forum, Arles

A small square made famous by a Van Gogh painting

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Place du Forum is probably most well know for the bright yellow cafe depicted in one of Van Gogh's paintings, which lies to the side of the main square.

In the centre you'll find different restaurants all keen to grab your attention, but back in Roman times this would have been close to the centre of all things political and social - the Roman Forum.

The square is also home to the luxurious Nord-Pinus Grand Hotel, a favourite stop-over for many writers and artists over the years.

Today locals and visitors alike meet here for a coffee or a bite to eat in one of the many cafes and restaurants.

Visitor comments

  • "All of Arles is worth visiting. This is a quintessential Provençal town and is beautiful throughout. Try to visit on a market day." - Trip Advisor
  • “Great place to meet up” - Trip Advisor
  • "Passed through this lovely square at least twice a day, an apartment we rented just 75 or so feet north. Cold breezy weather, not perfect for sightseeing, or outside seating, the restaurants all had staff standing out front, inviting your business. The Van Gogh Café, Famous bright yellow awnings fluttering in the breeze is a lovely site, the lovely statue, the broken columns and trees waving... A lovely spot, altogether" - Trip Advisor


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