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Visiting Marseille – A City Guide
Marseille is a vibrant European destination. As a port city, it combines the best of French food and culture with influences from all around the Mediterranean. Local life revolves around the waterfront – you can dine on fresh seafood at the port and enjoy watersports on the beaches.

 

Marseille: city layout
Marseille’s heart is its Vieux Port (Old Port), a busy harbour that welcomes boatloads of tourists and fresh fish from the Mediterranean. The quaysides are packed with lively bars and restaurants – perfect places for a relaxing drink before a stroll down La Canebière, a central thoroughfare and prime shopping street that stretches east from the port.

North of the port is Le Panier, a historic district with bustling alleyways and shops.

Set on a small hill south of the port, the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde basilica dominates the skyline. The nearby Opéra district hosts Marseille’s glamorous boutiques; head to the quirky Cours Julien, an elongated square 10 minutes’ walk east of the port, for independent shops.

Drive south along La Corniche, the coastal road, to get to Marseille’s beaches, about 20 minutes from the city centre.

 

Top attractions in Marseille
Explore the 17th-century fortifications at the Fort Saint-Jean, a short stroll from the Vieux Port. From here, you can take the walkway to the MuCEM (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations).

Art and architecture fans should visit the Musée d'Art Contemporain and La Cité Radieuse, pioneering architect Le Corbusier's housing complex in the south of the city. Also to the south are the beach and the Nouveau Stade Vélodrome, home of the Olympique Marseille football team.

You can get out on the water with a boat trip from the Vieux Port. Just offshore lies Château d’If, made famous by Alexandre Dumas’ “The Count of Monte Cristo”. The Calanques, narrow coastal inlets with clear swimming waters and steep limestone cliffs, are about 14 km south of the city.

 

The concierge recommends…

  • A bus ride up to the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde basilica for striking views of Marseille and the coastline.
  • Catching an Olympique Marseille game at the Stade Vélodrome. The local fans are as passionate as they come.
  • An afternoon on the Plages du Prado. Whether you are into suntanning, watersports or lunching at a beachfront restaurant, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
  • Getting up early to visit the Vieux Port fish market. The day’s catches are brought in and sold on the quayside from 8:30am.

 

Hotels in Marseille
Marseille has a range of options for city-centre accommodation, whether you are looking to make the most of the nightlife or want to kick back and relax.

Business travellers, or those staying for a short weekend break, appreciate the Saint-Charles district, close to the main Marseille train station. The bustle of the port and the shops of La Canebière are a short walk away. This area is also close to the Belle de Mai district, where you’ll find cultural centre La Friche, and the ornate Palais Longchamp, home the Musée des Beaux-Arts.

Close to the Vieux Port and MuCEM, the narrow streets of Le Panier are home to chic independent boutiques, lively restaurants offering local and North African fare and the best bars in town. Some hotels here boast dramatic views of the port and the basilica.

 

Eating Out in Marseille
Marseille has a wide range of restaurants to suit every palate and pocket. The city is best known for its fresh seafood and French classics, but many dishes have a strong North African influence.

The streets around the Vieux Port such as Rue Saint-Saëns are packed with busy restaurants and many offer fixed-price menus at lunch and dinner. The Place de Lenche has a selection of mid-priced restaurants with outdoor seating.

The Cours Julien is dotted with relaxed bars and restaurants at a range of prices. For more stylish (and expensive) restaurants, try Rue Paradis, which runs south from the port.

L'Epuisette on the seafront and La Boite à Sardines on the Canabière both serve excellent seafood. No-frills Chez Etienne, a pizzeria in Le Panier, is a local institution.

 

The chef recommends...

  • Bouillabaisse: A fish-based broth, typically including monkfish, John Dory, sea urchins and vegetables.
  • Navettes de Marseille: A doughy biscuit that dates to the 13th century. Navettes are traditionally flavoured with orange-blossom water.
  • Aïoli: A sauce made with garlic, egg and olive oil. It often accompanies fish dishes.
  • Pastis: An aniseed-flavoured spirit, served with ice and water. This regional speciality is perfect for a late-afternoon apéritif.

 

Shopping in Marseille
As France’s second-largest city, Marseille offers a mix of high-end shops, familiar chains and stylish boutiques. Bustling markets around the city are the perfect places to shop for local food and gifts.

The hottest local and international designer boutiques are concentrated in the Opéra district, particularly streets near the Rue de Rome and the Rue Paradis. For a broader, more budget-friendly range of shops, visit the Terrasses du Port and Centre Bourse indoor shopping malls.

You’ll find independent shops along the streets north of the Vieux Port in the Le Panier district, and offbeat boutiques surrounding Cours Julien square. Head to Marseille’s lively outdoor markets, such as the Marché de la Plaine and the Rue Longue des Capucins, for fish fresh off the boat and exotic fruits and vegetables.

 

Top souvenirs from Marseille

  • Oil-based Savon de Marseille (Marseille soap) has been made in the city since the 14th century. It’s sold throughout the city, but the Compagnie de Provence near the port makes some of the best.
  • Marseille is a football-crazy city and you’ll spot people of all ages proudly sporting their blue-and-white colours. You can pick up your own Olympique Marseille shirt from the official shop at 44 La Canebière.
  • The Marseille region is famous for its rosé wine, but the city is also proud of its refreshing home-grown beer, La Cagole de Marseille. You’ll find it in shops and bars around town.

 

Culture & Nightlife in Marseille
Whether you prefer a night at the opera or clubbing into the early hours, you’ll have plenty to choose from in Marseille. Waterfront bars and restaurants around the Vieux Port draw late-night crowds. Just a few streets away, you’ll find galleries, theatres and museums.

Marseille was European Capital of Culture in 2013 and the city still has a vibrant cultural life. Theatres La Criée and Théâtre de la Lenche are a short walk from Le Panier, while La Friche arts centre, which offers a range of performances and exhibitions, is near the Saint-Charles district. The Opéra Marseille season runs from September to June.

Night owls head to the Vieux Port or slightly farther along the Corniche towards the bars and clubs around the Plage Borély. Hardcore partiers from around Europe gather in Marseille every August to hear superstar DJs spin at the Positiv festival.

 

Marseille Museums and Galleries

  • The MuCEM (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations) explores the history of the region and also hosts temporary exhibitions and contemporary art shows.
  • The Musée d'Art Contemporain is close to the beach and displays an internationally-respected collection of art dating from the 1960s to the present day.
  • The Musée d'Histoire de Marseille traces the story of the town over the past 2,600 years and has impressive views over the Vieux Port.
  • Set in an elegant 17th-century mansion, the Musée Cantini specialises in 20th-century art.

 

Visiting Marseille with a Family
The streets of Marseille’s bustling city centre are great fun to explore, as are its family-friendly museums and galleries. The waterfront has something for all ages with its busy port, boat trips and nearby beaches.

Taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the Vieux Port and wandering the nooks and crannies of the nearby Le Panier district is great fun. The MuCEM (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations), a short walk from the port, has a Children’s Odyssey exhibit which leads kids through a virtual, interactive tour of the Mediterranean.

Boat trips run regularly from the port to the nearby Château d’If, of “The Count of Monte Cristo” fame, as well as the îles du Frioul. These tiny limestone islands are home to rare plant species and seabirds, making them an ideal place for a nature walk.

The Palais Longchamp, near the Saint-Charles district, houses the Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle de Marseille, where the whole family can learn about the local wildlife then relax in the nearby Parc Longchamp.

Marseille’s supervised beaches, such as the Plage Borély, are a short trip from the city centre and offer a range of watersports.

 

Things to do outdoors in Marseille

  • Le Petit Train de Marseille is a fun way to take in the city’s top sights.
  • Marseille’s sandy, supervised, beaches are perfect for the whole family to relax. If you’re feeling sporty, why not try out snorkelling, jetskis or windsurfing?
  • Take a boat trip from the Vieux Port to the Calanques to check out their UNESCO-protected beauty and to swim in their crystal-clear waters.

Latest Marseille Hotel Reviews

Average Rating for Marseille Hotel
(4.4 / 5) of 701 reviews
Marvellous Marseille
By Richard_C_E
Whilst at a conference I have nothing but good experiences from this visit. Having to spend 3 days in a hotel, due to business the staff were always attentive and courteous. Clean throughout to a [More] high standard and within a short stroll to the harbour this hotel is an excellent choice for a short or long stay in Marseille [Less]
Amazing Stay!
By Betta6
Beautiful hotel and room! Great breakfast buffet! Service and staff 5 star! Wanting to return! [Less]
A beautiful landmark hotel with a perfect location !
By MaxGly
I was honestly surprised by the Hotel Dieu in Marseille ! The view over the old port and the main attraction of Marseille are simply incredible ! Very high beds that allow you to wake up to that [More] view are a blessing ! It is definitely worth to opt for the room with the front view ! The staff is very caring, efficient and knowledgeable. The Spa is very good and is a perfect way to relax after a long day in Marseille ! Both the gastronomic restaurant and the Les Fenetres are incredible and are definitely worth a visit ! I discovered this hotel by chance on the Intercontinental website but I will definitely be back to this beautiful landmark ! [Less]
FAMILY
By dor 60
THERE WAS NOT REFRIGIRATOR IN THE ROOM - THE BED WAS VERY HARD BUT THE STUF WAS VERY FRIENDLY AND THE LOCATION WAS PERFECT! IT IS A CLEAN HOTEL. [Less]
Clean and modern
By kabrito
Overall, the hotel was great - clean and modern - and the service was excllent. The only major downside was that the mattress was extremely hard. My travel companion and I both like firm matresses, [More] but found this one very uncomfortable. Everything else was excellent, though,and the sofabed that our children slept on was fine. [Less]
Excellent choice in Marseille
By Beenallover
Literally right across from Saint Charles, gives you easy access to transportation (bus station and metro are just right behind). Staff were exceptionally kind and helpful and rooms are clean [Less]

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