Top Choice Bistro in Marseille

Café Populaire

Vintage furniture, old books on the shelves and a fine collection of glass soda bottles lend a retro air to this trendy, 1950s-styled jazz comptoir (counter) – a restaurant despite its name. The crowd is chic and sm…
Top Choice Modern French in Marseille

Le Café des Épices

One of Marseille’s best chefs, Arnaud de Grammont, infuses his cooking with a panoply of flavours: squid-ink spaghetti with sesame and perfectly cooked scallops, or coriander- and citrus-spiced potatoes topped with …
Top Choice French in Marseille

Les Buffets du Vieux Port

What a great idea – a high-class, on-trend self-service canteen, with a vast array of starters, mains, salads and desserts laid out like a banquet for diners to help themselves to. Premium cold cuts, fresh seafood, …
Top Choice Modern French in Marseille


The current hot tip in the trendy area around cours Julien is this tiny bistro, on a graffiti-clad street flanked by ethnic restaurants. The no-frills decor, relaxed service and focused menu of French market classic…
Provencal in Marseille


This swanky restaurant has a Michelin star and knockout water-level views from an elegantly austere dining room. Sup on some of Marseille’s top bouillabaisse, which comes as part of a four-course menu.
Traditional French in Marseille

Les Arcenaulx

Part bookshop, part tearoom, this opulent place (a former arms warehouse) overlooks a vast public square and makes a sophisticated setting for dining – although mains are overpriced, it’s a swish place for coffee an…
Seafood in Marseille


Another premium address for seafood, with the advantage of sea views to boot. Vast seafood platters, proper bouillabaisse (€57) and various fish dishes, served in a slightly starchy and old-school setting.
International in Marseille

Chez Jeannot

This old favourite has a magical spot on the little harbour of Vallon des Auffes, with a split-level layout and glass windows overlooking the boats. The pizzas are decent, but the pasta and seafood are so-so – it’s …
Seafood in Marseille

Le Rhul

This long-standing classic has atmosphere (however kitschy): it’s a 1940s seaside hotel with Mediterranean views. Although this is one of the most reliably consistent spots for authentic bouillabaisse, go the classi…
Italian in Marseille

La Cantinetta

Top-class Italian trattoria on the buzzy setting of cours Julien. All the pasta here is homemade, and ingredients are sourced from top Italian suppliers. Ask for a table on the lovely little garden, paved with terra…