Bechard – Aix-en-Provence


First of all, I’d like to thank Brigitte, Jean-Claude, Caroline, and Vincent for their gracious hospitality in Provence. They went out of their way to make sure that our family experienced the best of the area, and we are all extremely grateful. They will be to thank for all of my posts (and beautiful pictures) featuring Provence…

Bechard is the oldest bakery in Aix en Provence, having opened a century ago. I tried a few things on the afternoon that we went, but as you’ll see in the pictures, I barely scratched the surface of all they have to offer… and I didn’t even take pictures of the breads and chocolates that they had in the display cases that lined the other wall of the salesroom. It’s a beautiful bakery, and worth seeking out to marvel at.

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My favorite was the pastry on the upper right, which had alternating crispy and creamy layers full of a rich chocolate orange flavor.

The baba au rhum was also very nice, if a bit moist. That was good, though, b/c I had no utensils, and it had to be eaten jello shot-style.

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The Figue had something like a custard wrapped in marzipan, and was also good.

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Glace pumpkins! That still amazes me, and I wonder what they’re like.

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Aix is known for Calissons. They’re traditionally made of ground almonds, candied melon and orange peel, and sugar sandwiched between a wafer on the bottom and royal icing on top.

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5 Responses to “Bechard – Aix-en-Provence”

  1. Brigitte, JC, Caroline and Vincent Says:

    Hi Nina,
    Thank you for mentionning us in your blog !
    It was a fantastic experience to have all of you here in Provence, I guess each of us 4 will never forget it !
    Your blog is gorgeous !
    Best greetings from Mimet.

  2. Paula Cullison Says:

    Nina,
    Nice blog! great desserts!
    I am planning a rtip to Aix during the month of June. I googled apartments, but the rates seem high. Do you have any contacts?
    I am a freelance writer and hope to publish a piece on Provence.
    Thank You
    Paula

  3. Nina Says:

    Thanks, Paula! Looking for “gites” might come up with cheaper options… Good luck!

  4. DANIELLE Says:

    Nice blog! Very nice pics too! You could mention Pâtisserie WEIBEL in Aix as it’s as fabulous as Béchard you know, besides they have a little Salon de thé where you can sit and enjoy a pâtisserie and drink a wonderful café. It’s not far from the Hôtel de Ville, Place Richelme, at the corner. Best greetings from Aix

  5. Nina Says:

    Hello Danielle — Thank you — I’m glad you like my blog! And thanks for the patisserie weibel tip — it sounds like a wonderful place to relax and enjoy Aix… If only I could transport there this afternoon!

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