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Place du Forum

Arles, France
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Ranked #17 of 31 Attractions in Arles
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Dining
Description: This intimate town square was once the heart of the city in ancient Roman times.
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188 reviews 188 reviews
90 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The side streets, the restaurants, and other buildings in the Forum reminded me of the colors of Van Gogh's paintings. It was worth walking around the Place du Forum and side streets just to sense his presence.

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Waitsburg, Washington
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108 reviews 108 reviews
41 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

A fascinating look back into history, by a U.S. Visitor who comes from a country only a few hundred years old. The Romans built to last, as evidenced by these carved pillars, the arena and theatre, their roads and aqueducts.

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Montpellier, France
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Just like many other (too) touristic places, all the waiters there are not very service oriented. They don't have to make any effort to get customers thanks to the famous painting of Gogh. Therefore the service is quite bad. Food is very ordinary and mediocre however quite expensive. Can't pay with any credit cards. The service is very slow even... More

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Washington DC
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The square is full of restaurants to pick from or a cafe to stop in and have a drink. The historic hotel, Grand Hotel Nord-Pinus, is on the corner of the square and Van Gogh's cafe is also in the square. There is a marker that shows the painting relative to the cafe, these markers are all around Arles for... More

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is a busy square filled with bars and restaurants. The famous Van Gogh cafe terrace at night is here. Come and look. We stopped several times at Bar leTambourin, the bar next door for a drink. This was an ideal place to sit and watch the world go by and soak up the atmosphere.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This is a lovely little square, but at busy times it's a bit like a shopping mall food hall. There are several restaurants to choose from, don't let yourself be dragged into the first one you come across. Walk round, look at what people are eating, ask them what it's like, then make your decision. There's both good and bad... More

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Very busy and cosy square in Arles. Looks great but mostly a tourist trap. But in the little streets coming to the square some nice restaurants can be found

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Los Angeles, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

A fun, cool place to go with lots of restaurants and lots of activity. There were some interesting artisan shops too.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Full of live, good restaurants, nice atmosphere. The place from the famous Yellow cafe from Vincent Van Gogh. So typical French. Go there to drink a glass of rosé or eat some French speciality.

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Burlington, Vermont
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

You dont go to the Forum for great dining. However, most of the dining is at least solid if not a great value. The restaurants other than La Nuit (the one with bright yellow awnings) are all decent and they cater to the tourist crowd as well as locals. These restaurants would be more the equivalent of a typical bar... More

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