Van Gogh Cafe (Cafe La Nuit) @ Arles France

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When I saw the Van Gogh Cafe (Le Cafe La Nuit),  it was like deja vu come true seeing it side by side with the Cafe Terrace painting.    

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Gary and I got all touristy and couldn’t help ourselves doing the touristy stuff – trying to get photos of the cafe same angle as the painting.  Dinner took some time to come, so we had plenty of time to play.

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We found the photos were the best when the lights on the walls were lit, like spotlights shining on a piece of art.

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When the lights were shut off at around 9pm, the cafe seemed a little less glamorous.

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Now, ambiance aside.  Gary took the “Filet Sole”- the fish fillet (15 euros).  The fillet was bland on its own – something I found quite common in Southern France (or do I just have heavy taste buds?), where the fish was plain and without too much seasoning, even insufficient in salt, and the overall taste came from the tomato sauce.

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I took the “Assietta Provencal”, the Provencal salad (12.50 euros).  I thought the dish was good just because of the usage of local produce where the aubergine and capsicums were really sweet.  But it was barely enough to eat as a meal alone.  Compared to the Provencal salad we had at Restaurant Les Saladelles, this dish was meager and expensive.

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The ambiance was of course unbeatable.  I mean, how often do you get to sit and eat in a cafe which Van Gogh drew?

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While most people would be interested in the cafe terrace, I thought the indoor part of the cafe, consisting of two floors, was really classy using dark wood, red velvet as the main element.  Too bad that it was empty and no one was sitting in there.

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Here is Le Cafe La Nuit / Van Gogh Cafe’s menu.

While the service was not the most attentive, the food was so-so and expensive; a few euros more expensive per dish compared to other surrounding cafes, we did enjoy the brilliant ambiance.  If you are looking for good food and value for money, this is not the place to go.  But it’s not a bad place to soak up in a bit of history and to experience what it feels like to step into a painting.

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Address:  11 Palace du Forum, 13200 Arles, France

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