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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 Historic Site in Marseille

Le Panier

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 a…
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Villa Méditerranée

This eye-catching white structure next to MuCEM is no ordinary ‘villa’. Designed by architect Stefano Boeri in 2013, the sleek white edifice sports a spectacular cantilever overhanging an ornamental pool. Inside, a …
Top Choice Church in Marseille

Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde

This opulent 19th-century Romano-Byzantine basilica occupies Marseille’s highest point, La Garde (162m). Built between 1853 and 1864, it is ornamented with coloured marble, murals depicting the safe passage of saili…
Top Choice Modern French in Marseille

L’Arome

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…
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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 …
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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 Historic Site in Marseille

Vieux Port

Ships have docked for more than 26 centuries at the city’s birthplace, the colourful old port. The main commercial docks were transferred to the Joliette area north of here in the 1840s, but the old port remains a t…
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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 architect and sculptor Pierre Puget (1620–94), who was born just a couple of stre…
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…