Drinking & Nightlife

In the best tradition of Mediterranean cities, Marseille embraces the cafe-lounger lifestyle. Near the Vieux Port, head to place Thiars and cours Honoré d’Estienne d’Orves for cafes that bask in the sun by day and buzz into the night. Cours Julien is a fine place on a sunny day to watch people come and go at the many characterful shops, cafes and restaurants in one of Marseille’s most interesting neighbourhoods. Le Panier, place de Lenche and rue des Pistoles are ideal places to while away an afternoon soaking up the area’s boho charms.