Formerly the royal rope-makers' workshop, this long, vaulted room offers an elegant setting in which to dine just minutes from the Vieux-Port. Run by wine connoisseur Paul Léaunard, this gourmet restaurant has the region's finest selection of wines, some of which can be tasted by the glass: the perfect accompaniment to the excellent meat and poultry dishes on its menu.
Just like Paris's renowned Café de Flore, La Samaritaine - situated on the corner of the Vieux-Port at the lower end of Rue de la République - has managed to hold onto its old-fashioned charm. And it's easy to see why, with its 1930s-style décor, deliciously light, traditional cuisine, piano bar and fabulous terrace looking out over the boats moored in the harbor making it the perfect rendezvous, no matter what time of day. The bar closes at 8:30 pm generally, but is open until midnight during the summer months.
La Chimère Café is a beautiful dining space that boasts an art-inclined interior decor. Its opulent chandeliers, cherubs and plush furnishing are inspired by Baroque, Art Deco and Belle Époque architecture. To match the regal aura are 70 inventive cocktails and drinks like Single Malt, Bourbon and Irish Whiskey. Revoke the prohibition era vibe with cigars and spirits while savoring their bar fare. On the seasonal menu are Petite Lobster Tail, Cod Croquettes, Octopus a la Gallega, and dessert Hot Cold Citrus Sabayon Seven at Chambord.
La Bataclan is a chic restaurant and lounge housed in a historic oil mill, complete with Roman arches and a trendy atmosphere. The contemporary space is sleek and stylish, featuring a canopied outdoor terrace for casual-chic lunches and a happening lower level for clubbing and post-work drinks with tapas. The menu is influenced by Spanish culture and inspired by Mediterranean cuisine with a modern twist. A prix-fixe menu is available every lunch; that combined with its central location makes this ideal for a business lunch. Post sunset things heat up with local DJs spinning the latest in techno, talented bartenders slinging cocktails with ease, and the cities young and hip coming out to play.
Peron is a gourmet restaurant in Marseille with an absolutely breathtaking view of the Mediterranean Sea. Once you’re at the restaurant, whether indoors or on the terrace, you’ll notice the lack of road noise and honking horns –a place where tranquility is total. The restaurant serves many fish specialties and of course the famous Marseille specialty, La Bouillabaisse, which is one of the restaurant’s key dishes. Due to the amazing view and the gourmet standards, Peron’s prices are proportionate. Reservations are strongly recommended.
The Teavora is a very special and unusual tearoom. As soon as you step in, leaving behind the noisy streets of downtown Marseille, it’s as if taking your first step on an island beach paradise, with white sand and everything. Yes! There is sand on the floor and comfy mattresses to lie on (napping is allowed). A great place to completely retreat from the hustle and bustle! There is a friendly atmosphere and a wide choice of teas and other hot drinks, as well as smoothies for those who are not big fans of tea. And for the sweet-toothed, there are some great pastries available.
Le Comptoir Dugommier is a typical brasserie in Marseille. The place has a charming retro bistro look, although it seems pretty insignificant from the outside. But once you enter the establishment, you find the Comptoir Dugommier’s namesake (comptoir meaning “counter”) as well as a warm, friendly atmosphere and good food. Renovated in 2010, but still keeping its retro décor, Comptoir Dugommier has become one of the more crowded places in Marseille. It is strongly recommended to book in advance. The menu changes regularly, offering a limited selection daily. Comptoir Dugommier is, in short, traditional, good and not very expensive.
This restaurant is one of the oldest pizzerias in the city. It was established in 1943, and has become a reference for the inhabitants of Marseilles. The wood-fired pizzas are a delight: classics like mozzarella or Royale (ham and mushrooms), but also specialties such as the Provençale (tomato, cheese, ham, mushrooms and garlic), the Méridionale (tomato, mozzarella, peppers, artichokes, onions and garlic), as well as many other choices. Don’t be fooled by the outside, because the restaurant is located on a street of Marseilles that may not always seem very welcoming, but once inside, the warmth of the place and the wonderful smell of the pizza are enough to forget about it. The decor is simple but very nice, and the service is friendly and fast.
Stop in at 1st arrondissement's Okaasan for a memorable oriental dining experience with family or friends. This is one of those Japanese restaurants that bring to the table an array of authentic flavors of the island nation, apart from the regular sushi and sashimi preparations. Freshly procured seafood and locally sourced ingredients are a staple for all its recipes, even as the no-frills décor creates a convivial atmosphere to devour classic Japanese eats.
Heavenly cakes, pastries and refreshing coffees await you at Patisserie d'Aix. Their prompt service and warm ambiance makes it perfect for a casual hangout. What makes Patisserie d'Aix a success among locals here is their commitment to serve fresh food every single time.
Le Goût des Choses is one of those places where you walk in knowing what to expect and it still manages to surprise you. Chic yet elegant, with a touch of sophistication, the mood in here is set perfectly for a leisurely meal with friends and family. Seat yourself at one of the tables, place your order and prepare to be blown away by the flavor, as soon as you dig into your meal. Pioneers in contemporary French cuisine, the food served here is never fails to deliver an outright taste-bud tingling experience.