Restaurants in Marseille
Marseille was announced as the European Capital of Culture in 2013 and underwent some transformative improvements to prepare for this well-deserved honour. A number of wonderful new restaurants and bars have opened and many others have been renovated and improved. There is an impressive variety of restaurants in Marseille and it is easy to find great places to eat out.
The Vieux Port is a wonderful area for dining out in Marseille but be aware that restaurants and bars in this charming area range from the extremely posh to the extremely seedy. It is a lovely place for sundowners and people watching. The delightful pedestrian area of Cours Julien has numerous good restaurants and a great mix of cuisines ranging from Indian to Lebanese. The Panier is the oldest part of the city and is fast becoming a chic bohemian area with a maze of narrow streets that hide some original and interesting eateries. The Panier is not a bad area to trawl if you're eating on a budget; other good areas for those watching their wallets are Cours Belsunce and Rue Pavilion.
Marseille is famous for its bouillabaisse, a fish soup with many variations that usually includes squid and crab as well as a variety of fish. This is the must-try dish for the city, but other specialties to look out for include ratatouille, tapenade and mechoui. Fresh seafood is always a good choice in Marseille.
The city has some great wine bars and the best thing to order is rosé, which is becoming increasingly renowned in Provence. The drink most associated with Marseille, however, is pastis, an anise-flavoured liqueur worth sampling while in the city.
Une Table au Sud
This Michelin-starred restaurant is tucked away above the tourist traps of the Old Port, but it is vastly different than its neighbours, lacking many of the clichéd trappings of many local restaurants. The menu is focused on fresh haute cuisine in the style of top London restaurants, presenting trendy updated versions of Provençal cuisine that change seasonally. The restaurant itself enjoys scenic harbour views from the sleek dining room.
Address: 2 Quai du Port
Telephone: +33 (0) 4 91 90 63 53
Marseille is famous for its bouillabaisse, and one of the most popular places to get this regional dish is at Le Ruhl, located in the hotel of the same name. In fact the restaurant serves several kinds of bouillabaisse, all complying to exacting requirements. Located along a rocky stretch of the French Riviera, every seat in the house has a sea view, and is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.
Address: 269 Corniche Président-J.-F.-Kennedy
Telephone: (04) 91 52 01 77
La Kahena is a popular Tunisian restaurant in a diverse city filled with North African competition. While the decor isn't anything special, the food is, with ten different kinds of couscous on the menu to complement dishes like mechouia (roasted lamb) and fish tagine. The eatery has become something of a lunchtime hotspot, and is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm.
Address: 2 rue de la République
Telephone: (04) 9190 6193
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