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Address: Arles, France

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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Had a good pizza when we needed a quick snack

Little Italian bistro right in the square mAde a delicious margarita Pizza that was perfect and enough for 3 of us to share

Reviewed 2 days ago
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Little Italian bistro right in the square mAde a delicious margarita Pizza that was perfect and enough for 3 of us to share

Thank PamellaMalibu
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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346 reviews
236 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

The square is very crowded by the tables and of people. The restaurants are, in general, expensive (it's a main tourist area) and the one we chose was not that good despite the price. My suggestion is to take a look at the square and then go eat somewhere else.

Thank Andre A
Boston, Massachusetts
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137 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Even without its association with Van Gogh, this square is above average in prettiness. Note the two columns in the facade of the hotel on the corner - part of the original Roman forum complex.

Thank Lyle N
Deptford, New Jersey, United States
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59 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

Located near another Roman ruin, the the Cryptoportiques, the Forum is a nice place to sit, people watch, and have lunch or and evening meal.

Thank Bruce W
Haarlem, The Netherlands
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32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Lively charming place; do NOT visit the tourist trap yellow van Gogh terrace-restaurant because tourist trap prices but visit the 2 big places on the left (when standing in front): not very cheap drinks but fine diner in such atmosphere

Thank Hans M
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Place du Forum is in the heart of Arles. Original columns from ancient Rome. Hint: skip the tourist-packed restaurants at night and find one of the many nice places on one of the side streets.

Thank BacktoRome
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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121 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

It's the scene of Vincent van Gogh's famous bar painting, so you have to go and have a look. It's obviously rather touristy, but hey! I was there as a tourist! In the evening it's a great place to sip at a Marc de Chateauneuf du Pape and watch the world go by.

Thank David J
Dallas, TX
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124 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016

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.

Thank Chaltom
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016 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 

Thank RustyMack
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2016 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!

Thank Duckamilton

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