Van Gogh Café (Le Café de Nuit) Tours and Activities
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As the inspiration behind iconic paintings like ‘Starry Night Over the Rhone’, Arles is a prime destination for Van Gogh fans visiting Provence and when it’s time to take a break from
sightseeing, where better to stop for coffee than the Van Gogh Café (Le Café la Nuit? Immortalized in Van Gogh’s famous work ‘Café Terrace at Night’, painted in 1888, the lively café stands at the corner of the central Place du Forum and draws a steady stream of tourists to its now-iconic terrace.
The café, originally called ‘Café la Nuit’ but now better known as simply ‘Café Van Gogh’, has now fully embraced its dual role as eatery and tourist attraction. Today, the café façade has
been repainted in bold yellow, mimicking its appearance in Van Gogh’s painting (an effect actually created by the bright café lighting against the darkness of the square) and its terrace
carefully restored to maintain its original layout. Head there in the early morning to avoid the crowds, soak up the buzzing atmosphere at lunch time, or visit after dark for the ultimate Van Gogh-inspired photograph.
Café Van Gogh is located on Place du Forum in central Arles and is open daily from 9am to midnight.
Address: 11 place du Forum, Arles, France
Hours: Daily: 9am- midnight
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Van Gogh Café (Le Café de Nuit)
Live the story of Van Gogh on a private half-day tour of historic Provençal landmarks from Avignon. Journey to beautiful seaside Arles, where the tortured artist was inspired to create famous works such 'Le Café de Nuit’ and 'La Maison Jaune’. With an expert guide, see where Van Gogh lived — including the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum — and learn about his sometimes tragic life. Conclude with visits to the ancient Roman sites of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and the UNESCO-listed Arles Amphitheatre.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Walk in the footsteps of one of the great artists of the 19th-century on this Van Gogh-inspired half-day small-group tour of Provence from Avignon. Explore the ancient Roman ruins and rural landscapes painted by Van Gogh in Saint Rémy de Provence, enjoy the views from Les Baux de Provence, and visit the Van Gogh Cafe and hospital in Arles.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Van Gogh Café (Le Café de Nuit) hours of operation?
Van Gogh Café (Le Café de Nuit) hours of operation: Daily: 9am- midnight. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Van Gogh Café (Le Café de Nuit) ?
The best ways to experience Van Gogh Café (Le Café de Nuit) are:
- Private Provence Tour: In the Footsteps of Van Gogh
- Provence Medieval Villages Private Tour including Arles from Aix-en-Provence
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