Le Mange Tout restaurant is in a small harbor of Méjean, in southern France. The best time to visit this gem of a place, is in the summer months, July and August, because they close access road to the cove Méjean. Then from the top station, few have the courage to go down, but it's worth a thousand times over. Such a place is difficult to access and it is well worth it as you will be rewarded. There is classic Mediterranean cuisine, with grilled fish, whole portions, fried squid ... You can eat besides the port and many people arrive there from Marseille by boat. It´s a little expensive and if there are many people you will have to wait because unfortunately there aren´t many options in the area.
Located in the Cours Saint Louis, just a few steps from the Canebire and only about five minutes walk from the Old Port, the Toinou is a real institution. It has made its reputation with its high quality shellfish, which it even delivers - really quite funny, normally it's hard to find much beyond pizza or Chinese food for delivery, but here in Marseille you can also have seafood! In front of the restaurant is a little shop where you can buy shellfish, oysters, prawns, snails...and of course, the famous Toinou mussels - an absolute must!
We were in Marseille and wanted to try the typical dish Bouillabaisse. So, where to go? I had the guidebook El País Aguilar and my brother the Lonely Planet and we found this one restaurant that was in both. So, we decided to go! We had been told that with bouillabaisse, you get what you pay for. A cheap bouillabaisse may not be exactly what you expected the dish to be like. Turns out, this site is expensive but spectacular. Bouillabaisse is a very unique dish. First they bring the soup with some toast, garlic and a kind of spiced alioli. You spread the roasted garlic and the sauce on top of the toast and put them in the soup .... spectacular! When the soup is finished, they bring you fish with more soup! I left the restaurant completely stuffed. For dessert we had the coffee gourmande which is coffee accompanied by small dessert samples. The deserts of the place must be spectacular because some of them take 20 minutes to prepare and they ask you beforehand if you´re interested in ordering one. Thank goodness we did not order dessert because we could not have eaten it! The price of this bouillabaisse was 60 EUR per person. A special treat!
Strategically located at the foot of the steps leading up to the central station, this bar is nothing special if you are interested in beer, but it is popular for its good, reasonably-priced food, including tapas, sandwiches, salads, and pasta dishes. In addition, a small terrace with yellow chairs is an invitation to sit and have a drink before going to catch your train ...
This is one of the most unusual places in the city of Marseille: it's a hidden salon where you must knock on the door to enter! The clientele is very private, and be sure to book a table if you want to go during the weekend. When you enter, you'll remove your shoes and sit on cushions or benches close to the ground. There's a wide variety of desserts and home-cooked meals, and it has wifi available. Hours: Monday to Friday: 12h to 00h, Friday: 12h to 01h, Saturdays: 14h to 01h, Friday: 15h to 00h.
At lunchtime, the same question always arises - where to go to eat? Well, one day we were wondering just that, when we discovered this small restaurant. The exterior suggested that it was very Asian indeed, and it offers a lunch buffet for only about 11 euros. Here you can try the specialties of the house - delicious spring rolls, summer rolls, various salads, Vietnamese dishes of meat and fish ... in short, the choice of food is extensive, and the quality is good. The price is more than reasonable, and the buffet concept is a good one! If you prefer, there's a menu available, too. It's often packed at lunchtime, so book a table in advance.
To eat well at night in the city of Marseille, in a great atmosphere with decent prices, here you go! This restaurant is located near the Quartier, and has a large, artistically-decorated main room, as well as a small terrace, and a quiet backyard. The menu is great, and the portions are generous. The have a well-stocked wine cellar, too.
This is one of the most fashionable restaurants in the area, with a large, well-shaded terrace that is protected from the heat. The dishes here are quite original and very delicious, and the waiters are friendly. Prices vary from about 10 to 15 for a full meal, but the portions are generous and the atmosphere is great. Be sure to try their cakes - to die for!
This cafe has been run by the same family since 1925. In the market, it's almost completely hidden by the stalls. It has a lot of regular customers, although the decor is poor, and it is closed at night.
I recommend this place for my culinary experience but it is NOT cheap: Mussels € 14,which were exquisite, almost perfect and a dressing made of garlic, olive oil and herbs. Bouillabaisse costed € 45 and was beautifully presented. First they show you the fish and mussels that will be used as a base, then pour the soup and garlic accompaniment (to be rubbed into the slices of crusty rolls, below the soup), and grated cheese. A mustard-based sauce comes with the bread between bites. I'm not saying you have to spend € 45 on this dish, but don´t trust the others in the area that offer plates for 15 Euros when really you want to enjoy authentic food. To drink, a rose or white wine, I don´t know much about wine but a Domaine de la Croix, rose, is perfect with this menu.
Strategically located at the foot of the great, majestic staircase of Saint Charles Station, this is definitely worth a stop! Here, you can enjoy a drink or a meal (including breakfast). The brasserie offers special dishes of the day at very reasonable prices (9.5 for a single dish, or 14 for three courses), plentiful, and quite original: Big summer salad, mushroom vol au vents, steamed fish ... the service is good.
This restaurant is located in the Saint-Saens at the corner of Thiars, a very nice little square where you will find plenty of bars and restaurants, close to the Old Part. Fuxia is a chain of restaurants that you can find in various cities around France. Personally, I tried them for the first time here in Marseille. This is a nice restaurant, with a great location and a small terrace. The chain specialises in traditional Italian cuisine: pastas, risottos ... etc. One of the main advantages is that they are open seven days a week, and you can eat a any time. It's got a deli and grocery store attached, too, so you can take home a taste of Italy.
It can be difficult to find a good traditional bar in the heart of Marseille. But here's one option! Opposite the majestic Prefecture building, this is a very small, ordinary bar which is nevertheless very nice, and has a great terrace. It's a good place to go for a morning coffee, to read the newspaper and enjoy a quick bite to eat at lunch time in the shade. It shows the football in the evening - great atmosphere guaranteed!
Caffe Italia Restaurant is a small snack-type restaurant, ideally located in the beautiful Flix Baret square, just a few steps from the commercial street of San Ferrol and the parking lot. It offers simple dishes, but generously portioned and reasonably priced: pizzas, pastas, crepes, and daily specials. The main advantage of this little restaurant is obviously the shaded terrace, which is particularly pleasant at lunch time.
This is a bar. Why is it a favourite of ours? Well, it's strategically located in the Cours Saint Louis, and is decorated in a very simple way. It has the advantage of being halfway between Canebire, the Capuchins market, and the old port, and has a lovely terrace where you can sit in the shade or the sun.
This pub has a great location close to the old port. The idyllic setting is made even better by its lovely terrace, which offers wonderful views. A good spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They prepare wonderful crepes and ice cream - a real treat!
In this neighbourhood at lunchtime, all the terraces are full, and the restaurants are crowded. But there is one place that is always busier than any other - L'Authentique. Here, you can find traditional family food, in the proud French culinary tradition. The decor is extremely rustic, and they serve great food - delicious, hearty, traditional, with high quality ingredients. Delightful!