Best Places to Eat in Marseille
Here's a handful of local, favorite eating haunts (in no particular order)...I'll keep adding to the list as I think of it, but for starters, try these...
Le Souk - a Moroccan restaurant by Vieux Port
Cours Julien (a trendy hillside suburb in central Marseille. Lots of outdoor dining options as well as interesting people watching here
29 Place aux huiles - great wine list, sunny terrace and fabulously inventive cuisine
Les Arcenaulx - food, books, tearoom, gourmet shop all wrapped up in one
Le Miramar - Bouillabaise galore!!!!! (expensive but worth every penny)
Marche Arabe or the Arab Markets in the center of Marseille are one of my favorite places to buy spices, fresh herbs, feta cheese, tapenade or fresh, warm kesra (Moroccan Bread). They also do these little potato cakes infused with herbs and garlic. A great snack for €1.
The Fish Market at Vieux Port - open every day...the fish market is a must see local institution. Watch the fishermen peddle their fresh catch of the day. Even if you don't like fish, you have to go for the sheer entertainment value.
Best of all - If you happen to be lucky enough to get a dinner invitation to a someone's home, you have to GO!!!!
Last edited by Lost in Cheeseland; 04-04-2011 at 08:41 AM.
Les Arcenaulx is a great place. At this late night shop, which is a member of the association Libraires à Marseille (Association of Marseille Bookshops), they have numerous works of literature, fine arts, cinema and photography, as well as several old books. They also stock a huge and varied collection of ancient and rare books on Marseille, its people, their food habits and on Province in general. Les Arcenaulx, also, has a restaurant and organizes many exhibitions, debates and conferences throughout the year.
Except for Le Petit Nice, Le Miramar offers the grandest dining in Marseille, as it is linked to a terrace overlooking Marseille's Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde. Diners sit in a room graced with frescoes of underwater life and big windows that open onto the Vieux Port. Bouillabaisse aficionados flock here to savor what will surely be a culinary highlight of your trip. Actually, it's traditionally two dishes, a saffron-tinted soup followed by the fish poached in the soup. It's eaten with une rouille, a sauce of red chilies, garlic, olive oil, egg yolk, and cayenne. The version served here involves lots of labor and just as much seafood.
Marseille has an abundance of good dining options, from traditional Provençal to exotic authentic international dishes. Local specialities include the world-famous bouillabaisse of course, but also ratatouille, pieds et paquets, soupe au pistou, bourride, aioli, tapenade and so on. It’s worth noting that many restaurants are closed on Sundays, and sometimes in August too. Call beforehand to avoid disappointment.
The Marseille restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over €60)
Moderate (€20 to €60)
Cheap (up to €20)
These Marseille restaurant prices are for an average three-course meal for one and for a bottle of house wine or cheapest equivalent; they do not include VAT or service charge, unless stated otherwise.
Le Cafe Parisien
Le Cafe Parisien's sculpted plaster walls have been a theatrical backdrop for Marseillais diners for over a century. The brasserie's once-faded glamour has recently been restored to its former heyday splendour, serving elegant fare such as squid drizzled in olive oil and a richer-than-rich risotto. Post-repas, play boules on the café's indoor pitch downstairs, or have a pastis at the adjacent underground bar.
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Originally Posted by Lost in Cheeseland
Thanks a lot for these notes!
We are going to visit Paris and Marseille, and it's pretty useful for me now!
Hope these places are really good!
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