Architecture

Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée Linked to Fort St-John by a footbridge, MuCEM is shrouded by a stunning concrete mantilla.

Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde An opulent 19th-century Romano-Byzantine basilica ornamented with coloured marble and murals.

Villa Méditerranée Designed by architect Stefano Boeri in 2013, this sleek white ‘villa’ sports a spectacular cantilever.

Centre de la Vieille Charité This elegant 17th-century almshouse/hospital has a neoclassical central chapel and a gorgeous three-storey arcaded courtyard.

La Cité Radieuse With 337 apartments, this vertical ‘garden city’ is the work of visionary architect Le Corbusier who named it Unité d’Habitation in 1952.

Cathédrale de Marseille Notre Dame de Major On central Marseille's highest point, this striking 19th-century cathedral has a Byzantine-style facade of Cassis stone and Florentine marble.

Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain The chequered glass exterior of this standout museum is the work of architect Kengo Kuma.

Abbaye St-Victor The 5th-century birthplace of Christianity in Marseille, this turreted abbey also boasts a basilica and crypt.

Boutiques

72% Pétanque With chocolate, vervain and aniseed scents, this is one of Marseille’s finest soap sellers.

La Maison du Pastis Filled with bottles of pastis, this is the best place to try the aniseed-flavoured firewater.

L’Orni Thorynque Packed with funky design objects, this homeware store is brimming with ingenious gift ideas.

Virginie Monroe Affordable ethnic-chic jewellery from Marseille’s favourite designer.

Compagnie de Provence This iconic savon de Marseille boutique sells stylish soaps in fragrances like fig.

Panoramas

Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde Occupying Marseille’s highest point, this magnificent church also has 360-degree panoramas of the city.

Le Môlé Passédat On the top floor of the MuCEM, this gastronomic restaurant boasts big blue Mediterranean views.

Restaurant Peron A premium address for dinner where vast seafood platters come with enviable sea views.

Château d’If This island fortress-prison, featured in The Count of Monte Cristo, offers startling Vieux Port vistas.

La Joliette The terrace at Les Terraces du Port shopping centre has knockout panoramas of the coast.

Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée Stupendous Vieux Port views and Mediterranean vistas alter as you traverse the shell of this extraordinary museum

Musée Regards de Provence The rooftop café at this curious art museum has plenty of fine city views.

Plage des Catalans The corniche has mesmerising views of city and sea en route to Plage des Catalans.

Museums

Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée The history, culture and civilisation of the Mediterranean wrapped in one extraordinary building.

Villa Méditerranée This dazzlingly designed museum hosts temporary multimedia exhibitions evoking aspects of the Mediterranean.

Musée des Beaux Arts Marseille’s oldest museum stashes Italian and Provençal artwork from the 17th century onwards.

Musée du Santon This petite museum displays 18th- and 19th-century santons (plaster-moulded, kiln-fired nativity figures).

Musée Cantini An excellent art museum that focuses on Provençal art and includes André Derain’s Pinède à Cassis.

Musée d’Art Contemporain Klein, Warhol and Marseille-born sculptor César Baldaccini are among this museum’s contemporary works.

Musée d’Arts Africains, Océaniens & Amérindiens Explore the cultures of the Americas, Africa and the Pacific through tribal masks and pottery.

Musée d’Archéologie Méditerranéenne The Egyptian collection is the highlight of this small archaeological museum.