- Travel guide to Marseille -
Escape hectic city life for sun, sea and vibrant colors without having to leave France.
A historic city with plenty of gritty charm, bathed in sunlight and with a sing-song accent to match, discover a new world in this lively Southern hot spot.
The fish restaurant: La Baie des Singes
Perched above a sheltered little bay opposite Ile de Maïre, this fish restaurant has the best of the local catch each day, sold by weight and served whole, then dressed on your plate.
Cap Croisette, 13008 Marseille
The drinks spot: Le café de l’Abbaye
With well-chilled pastis, blush pink rosé, little green olives and tasty sardine rillettes de sardines, Café de l’Abbaye is a Marseille institution come sundown. Looking out over the Vieux Port, it looks like something out of a Marcel Pagnol novel and is packed with both visitors and locals alike.
3 Rue d'Endoume, 13007 Marseille
Institution: Chez Fonfon/ or chez Jeannot
Overlooking the Vallon des Auffes these 2 institutions are a must be. Chez Fonfon a landmark spot does bouillabaisse as it’s meant to be done. It’s not cheap, but you get the full monty – stock served first as soup, then the five-fish stew with all the palaver and other fish dishes and southern specialities.
140 Rue du Vallon des Auffes, 13007 Marseille
SEPIA Le chalet du jardin
This restaurant indulges taste buds and eyes. Serves market cuisine with only fresh and local products. With a stunning view over Marseille, you can't go wrong with this address.
2 Rue Vauvenargues, 13007 Marseille
Hidden gem: La Passarelle
The entire eating area is outside in their very eclectic garden, surrounded by lots of greenery, flowers, and custom modern art made to blend into the very picturesque surroundings. The menu is small but inventive. The food is out of this world. Very fresh and perfectly seasoned.
52 Rue Plan Fourmiguier, 13007 Marseille
Brunch spot: Sofitel Port Vieux
The Sunday brunch is highly recommended. Take a seat at one of the terrace table, enjoy the amazing view over The Port View. The buffet should satisfy any cravings!
36 Boulevard Charles Livon, 13007 Marseille
The palace hotel: The intercontinental Marseille - Hôtel Dieu
This luxurious hotel features stylishly comfortbale bedrooms by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel, a Clarins spa specializing in aromatherapy and phytotherapy, a restaurant run by Michelin-starred chef Lionel Levy, classic French gardens and private terraces with a view of Notre-Dame de la Garde church. A five-star bolt hole in the heart of Marseille.
1 Place Daviel, 13002 Marseille
With a stay at C2 hôtel, you'll be centrally located in Marseille, walking distance from Marseille Opera House and close to La Criee National Theater of Marseille. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Abbaye de Saint Victor.
48 Rue Roux de Brignoles, 13006 Marseille
Cosy loft Vieux Port
This place is great option, comfy and well designed. Great location, outside the apartment there is a really nice plaza with lots of restaurants and bars nearby!
Vieux Port, Marseille
The museum: The Mucem
Opened in June 2013, the Mucem (Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée) is just as much a conservation center, partly open to the public and packed with works acquired over the course of the 2000s, with some on loan from the Musées des Arts et des Traditions Populaires and the Musée de l’Homme, as it is a work of art in itself, for the building itself by Rudy Ricciotti on the former J4 pier and the restored Fort Saint-Jean. An institution that promises diverse exhibitions in a vast space, as well as a permanent collection dedicated to the history of the Mediterranean.
7 Prom. Robert Laffont, 13002 Marseille
The hardware store: Maison Empereur
With goat hair feather dusters, oyster mittens, plastic egg boxes and olive stoners, if this charming old school French hardware store doesn’t have it, you probably don’t need it. Don’t miss the homewares upstairs.
4 Rue des Récolettes, 13001 Marseilles
Wanderlust: Calanques de Sormiou
Considered by some to be the most beautiful of Marseille’s Calanques, Sormiou also happens to be one of the city’s closest. Its still, crystal-clear waters are simply the best swimming spot for miles, bordered by a stretch of white sand and shingle. Pack your picnic, rent sea kayaks or walk round to the cove’s small harbour.