Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Marseille

Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée

The icon of modern Marseille, this stunning museum explores the history, culture and civilisation of the Mediterranean region through anthropological exhibits, rotating art exhibitions and film. The collection sits …
Top Choice Basilica in Marseille

Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde

Occupying Marseille’s highest point, La Garde (154m), this opulent 19th-century Romano-Byzantine basilica is Marseille's most-visited icon. Built on the foundations of a 16th-century fort, which was itself an enlarg…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Marseille

La Friche La Belle de Mai

This 45,000-sq-metre former tobacco factory is now a vibrant arts centre with a theatre, cinema, bar, bookshop, artists’ workshops, multimedia displays, skateboard ramps, electro- and world-music parties and much mo…
Top Choice International in Marseille

Les Grandes Tables

The vast former canteen at the vibrant La Friche La Belle de Mai cultural centre manages to pull off the trick of seeming both intimate and stylish. Working with local producers, a young and friendly team serves ima…
Top Choice Area in Marseille

Le Panier

'The Basket' is Marseille's oldest quarter – site of the original Greek settlement and nicknamed for its steep streets and buildings. Its close, village-like feel, artsy ambience, cool hidden squares and sun-baked c…
Top Choice French in Marseille

L’Arôme

Reserve ahead to snag a table at this fabulous little restaurant just off cours Julien. From the service – relaxed, competent and friendly without over familiarity – to the street art on the walls and the memorable …
Top Choice Moroccan in Marseille

Place Lorette

Tucked away on a quiet square in the middle of polyglot Le Panier, this Moroccan restaurant serves up a fantastic lunch in an arched and art-strewn stone dining room – lamb and chicken tagines, semolina bread and cr…
Top Choice French in Marseille

Le Café des Épices

One of Marseille’s best chefs, Arnaud de Grammont, works thoughtfully with great produce and inventive flavours: think gurnard in chickpea broth with dried tomatoes and radish, or blonde d'Aquitaine beef with polent…
Top Choice Bar in Marseille

Waaw

Marseille’s creative chameleon and the heart of the cours Julien scene, Waaw ('What an Amazing World') has everything you could possibly want for a night out. Whether that’s a cold cocktail, a late-night dancehall D…
Top Choice Chilean in Marseille

El Santo Cachon

Arrive early or reserve a table at Marseille’s only Chilean restaurant, because this place fills fast – and after a pisco sour (or three), you’ll see why. If you want to make it out of the door walking, combat the f…