Café Van Gogh: "One of Van Gogh's Night Spots" Top 5 Page for this destination Arles Nightlife Tip by Lady_Mystique

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  Café Van Gogh at Night
by Lady_Mystique

Located at the Place du Forum in the center of Arles, the cheery yellow Café du Nuit is the subject of Van Gogh's Cafe Terrace at Night–his painting of an outdoor cafe with bright yellow walls against a navy star-swirled sky. (Actually, the limestone walls were beige, just illuminated yellow from gas lights newly installed in Arles, September 1888). To appease fans disappointed to find beige walls in their search for the yellow café, the owner simply painted the exterior to match the painting.

A century later tourists still flock to sit where Van Gogh sat, drank and painted. And I was no different.

*An interesting side note:
Van Gogh had gas lights installed in the kitchen and studio of his Yellow House the same September–leaks which, according to medical speculation, contributed to his epileptic fits that began the following month.

Dress Code: Casual.

Address: Place du Forum
Directions: Central Arles
Theme: Eating and Drinking

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 24, 2004
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