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Place du Forum

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Address: Arles, France
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This intimate town square was once the heart of the city in ancient Roman...

This intimate town square was once the heart of the city in ancient Roman times.

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The tourist centre

We had a great night here. We ate and drank in one of the restaurants and enjoyed a good meal. I can't help but think these places are just geared up to take as many tourists as... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
RustyMack
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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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Dallas, TX
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just stopped by while wandering Arles, and this was a good place to people-watch and soak up some of flavor of the city. Central location, easy to walk to/from other sights. Wish we could have stayed for the evening, but liked the rest we did have.

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Thank Chaltom
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great night here. We ate and drank in one of the restaurants and enjoyed a good meal. I can't help but think these places are just geared up to take as many tourists as possible throughout he night which can make it all seem quite impersonal and not really an authentic dining experience. You also pay to... More 

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Thank RustyMack
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We simply adored this place The friendly people and various restaurants made this a must go venue Night time has a lively vibe and it's a great place for a pleasant meal or drink Highly recommend it!

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Thank Duckamilton
Montpellier, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just sit down and look at the activity of the place. And that while you know that Van Gogh had his drinks in the café with the yellow walls - just go back 130 years and let your imagination wonder

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Thank Tony M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the main squares in Arles, this plaza is bustling with locals and has multiple good priced and quaint cafes. The streets are beautiful and the buildings are all painted.

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Thank Isabel R
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

I remember having been in Arles in the 70s of the previous century. Then the Place du Forum was a rather quiet place, with one or two bars and the entertainment then mostly consisted of the occasional fire eater. However, since Arles (re-) discovered it had been the residence of Vincent van Gogh, things have rapidly changed. The 'Café de... More 

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Thank JaaSi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

The Place du Forum is flanked on all sides by hotels and cafes. In the summer they spill out to take over the wolf of the central area of the place. Decent range of food and drink options, but check first, some are decidedly expensive.

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Thank Mark P
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

This is a nice area indeed, surrounded by a number of cafes, restaurants and other shops. It is nice to have a look or just sit down and enjoy. The Forum is a typical Roman construction. Every Roman city had one. It corresponds, roughly to today's local Town Hall and Shopping Area. Every suburb and city has its main shopping... More 

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Thank Dimitris L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

All of Arles is worth visiting. This is a quintessential Provençal town and is beautiful throughout. Try to visit on a market day.

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Thank johnStaBarbara
Hellertown, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

There are a lot of little cafes in this area, especially The Van Gogh Cafe. Fun, but nothing to write home about. It's only when you go inside that you realize how old this place really is

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Thank Keith D

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