4.30pm // Goods & Shoes
Boots and bags for the modern gentleman
On Rue de la Petite Fusterie you’ll find Goods & Shoes, a small shop that sells exactly what its name promises: great mens’ shoes and some other goods. Everything here owes its design to classical Americana, the boots are by heritage brands such as Red Wind or Mark McNairy and the bags sold come from Filson. There are designs from Barbour and Stetson on the shelves, and the old barber shop chairs evoke a feeling of nostalgia.
Good & Shoes // 11 Rue de la Petite Fusterie // Mon 3pm-7pm, Tue-Fri 10am-1pm & 2.30pm-7pm, Sat 10am-7.30pm // website
4.40pm // Galerie 567
A great selection of vintage furniture
Just a few houses down the street lies the Galerie 567, a curious shop that is part art gallery, part vintage furniture shop with a great selection. When the Parisians flock to Avignon in summer for the festival, lots of them come here to stock up on otherwise hard to get items for their homes.
The focus here is on furniture and objects from the 20th century. The items we found were in pristine condition and beautiful, so have a look around. Sometimes the owners are out even during opening hours and leave a message at the door. If that’s the case, don’t be shy and dial the phone number they provide on the piece of paper. They’ll come by and open the doors for you immediately!
Galerie 567 // 17 Rue de la Petite Fusterie // Mon-Sat 10am-12pm & 2.30pm-7.30pm & by appointment // website
5pm // The Next Door
Men’s fashion at its very best
The historic center of Avignon that is enclosed by the city walls is small. Everything is in walking distance, so you won’t need to worry about public transport.
WHAT TO ORDER
Food: Navarin en avignonnaise, a lamb stew with oranges, olives and mixed vegetable.
Drinks: Absinth! The Pernod company’s founder was born and raised in Avignon.
A striped shirt from Petit Bateau.
A cool pair of sneakers from TheNextDoor.
The amazing thing about traveling to foreign places is the discovery of things you weren’t expecting. Maybe we didn’t give Avignon enough credit before we came here, but the next two locations on our itinerary really blew our minds. Here, in this small medieval town in the middle of the Provence are two of the very best menswear shops the 12hrs team has ever encountered. They are both run by the same team of passionate creatives that love what they do and love the city they’re in. Two things that translate into their work.
The Next Door is the older of the two shops with a background in street wear and skate clothing. Located in a former British delicatessen shop, the owners kept the apothecary style interior and stocked it with the best brands out there.
Here you’ll find a big selection of sneakers, lots of jeans, and classic yet relaxed brands like A.P.C., Norse Projects, Howlin’ by Morrison and Bleu de Paname.
The Next Door // 5 Rue Folco de Baroncelli // Mon 2pm-7.15pm, Tue-Sat 10am-12.15pm & 2pm-7.15pm // website
5.15pm // Acte 2
Cutting edge fashion in a beautifully restored old theater
Walk up the short street and around the corner to discover Acte 2, the second act of this menswear saga. Housed in a lovingly restored old theater overlooking Place Crillon, this store focusses on the higher fashion spheres of menswear.
On the racks you’ll find Acne and A Kind Of Guise, Comme des Garçons Play and S.N.S. Herning, Visvim and Y-3. The selection can easily compete with any fashion store in a big city, yet the atmosphere is calm and strangely suitable for Avignon. There are some homeware items and furniture from Galerie 567 on display, skincare from Aesop and candles by Byredo. Lots of wood furniture and plants make the shop seem organic. If this sounds like a raving review, it is! Poke around, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask the staff. Avignon isn’t Paris, so the cold and somewhat arrogant attitude that some salespeople in the capital seem to cultivate is completely amiss here.
Acte 2 // 9 Place Crillon // Mon 2pm-7.15pm, Tue-Sat 10am-12.15pm & 2pm-7.15pm // website
5.45pm // Sterling Barber Agreement
A classic barber shop in the heart of Avignon
If you’re feeling for some more manly pampering, head over to the Sterling Barber Agreement now and treat yourself to an old school shave or hair cut. This is a truly classic, American-style barber shop where the barbers where white shirts with suspenders and sport perfectly groomed mustaches.
There’s of course a barber pole and leather seats, and among the great products used here is the line by American Crew.
Sterling Barber Agreement // 11 Rue des Trois Faucons // Mon, Tue & Fri 10am-7pm, Thu 12pm-9pm, Sat 10am-6pm // website
6pm // CQFD
Concept store shopping the Avignon way
The last stop on our shopping list is just a short walk away. CQFD is a cute concept store that sells accessories for the home, darling toys and a small selection of very French clothes such as striped shirts and charming underwear. Most of the furnishings here can be bought, too.
Their postcards and prints make for great and tasteful souvenirs that won’t break the bank.
CQFD // 16 Place de la Principale // Mon 1.30pm-7pm, Tue-Sat 10am-7pm // website
6.30pm // La Mirande
A luxury hotel that transports you back to aristocratic times
Time for a break. For that, let’s head back to the hotel. Avignon is a somewhat classic city, and in our books, that calls for a classic hotel. La Mirande is just that. A stay in this five star hotel might be a bit of a splurge, but every penny spent here is worth it.
The wonderfully old-school, plush interior is quintessentially French, with flower prints in all colors of the rainbow on the wallpapers, the sofas, the curtains, and the chairs. There’s a wonderful garden in the back that is perfect to kick your feet up, secluded salons to hide away in, and, of course, luxurious guest rooms that make you feel like French Royalty (pre-revolution, of course). To add to that aristocratic feeling are incredibly comfortable beds, products by organic skincare brand Dr. Hauschka, curtains that match the wallpapers, and staff that caters to you with a smile. From your window, you look at the majestic Papal Palace.
Sit back and relax for a while before heading out one more time for dinner.
La Mirande // 4 Place de L’Amirande // website
8PM // Le Barrio
A charming restaurant that serves great food
Just like the other restaurants we visited today, Le Barrio is a favorite with the locals. Once you’re there, it’s easy to see why. The mismatched furniture gives off a charming, laid-back vibe, the raw walls contribute to that feeling as well. It’s absolutely unpretentious to eat here, yet the food is amazing.
What’s on the menu changes daily, depending on what’s in season. Some staples are the burger and the catch of the day, as well as some tapas-style small dishes that are best shared.
Order some amazing local wine, let the friendly waiting staff suggest to you what’s good today and say cheese. You just spent 12hrs in Avignon!
Le Barrio // 13 Rue de Infirmières // Facebook
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