Centre de la Vieille Charité
In the heart of the Le Panier quarter is this gorgeous architectural complex, built as a charity shelter for the town’s poor by local...
Musée d’Arts Africains, Océaniens & Amérindiens
Part of the Centre de la Vieille Charité in Marseille’s lively Le Panier neighbourhood, this small museum explores the cultures of the...
Musée d’Archéologie Méditerranéenne
This small archaeological museum explores the history of the Mediterranean. Of particular note is its Egyptian collection, the second...
Look up or miss this standout upstairs hideaway, styled with rich wood and leather, a zinc bar and yellowing murals. If it’s sunny, snag...
Tucked away on a quiet square in the middle of polyglot Le Panier, this Moroccan restaurant serves up a fantastic lunch with a spicy...
Le Panier information
From the Vieux Port, hike north up to this fantastic history-woven quarter, which is fabulous for a wander with its artsy ambience, cool hidden squares and sun-baked cafes. In Greek Massilia it was the site of the agora (marketplace), hence its name, which means ‘the basket.’ During WWII the quarter was dynamited and afterwards rebuilt. Today it’s a mishmash of lanes hiding artisan shops, ateliers (workshops) and terraced houses strung with drying washing.
Its centerpiece is Centre de la Vieille Charité , and nearby Cathédrale de Marseille Notre Dame de Major stands guard between the old and new ports.