Marseille is a city of endless possibilities.
The French may not have the most welcoming reputation, but it’s hard to not feel at home in Marseille. Metro has found places to eat, see and stay for every budget.
DAILY BUDGET $50
Bar de la Marine
Marius, the cult novel by Provence native Marcel Pagnol, was filmed and scenes were shot here. Facing the eerie old port, it’s perfect snack of spicy mussels and a beer.
Hotel Le Corbusier
Boasting an open-air gym on the roof, tennis courts and a solarium, the futuristic hotel is great for people who want everything in one place.
80 Boulevard Michelet
Quartier du Panier
On the narrow streets of the city’s oldest quarter you’ll see where the Greeks once built their temples. Find the Neo-Byzantine statue of ‘Notre Dame de la Garde’ for panoramic views over the city.
DAILY BUDGET $100
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L’Entrecôte du Port
It’s hard to avoid the tourist traps that line the old port, but hidden in a side street is this gem of a restaurant which serves simple French classics like steak frites.
6 quai du Rive Neuve
Relais de la Magdeleine
Built at the foot of a craggy mountain range of Sainte Baume, this cozy guest-house is perfect for the beach.
Head for the Arab quarter along Rue d’Aubagne and Dominicaine for spices, roasted nuts, dried fruit or even heavy scented musks. There’s also the odd dishwasher and wedding dress on sale.
DAILY BUDGET $500
Come here for Bouillabaisse at its best. Chef Alex Galligani serves up the traditional fish dish to perfection. For the foodies, there is the option to add lobster to this fisherman’s staple.
Le Petit Nice
Two private 19th-century villas transformed into a lavish seaview hotel. Rooms are literary-themed and breakfast is a joy.
Corniche Président-J.-F.- Kennedy
The jagged coast between the fishing village of Cassis and Marseille is where the cool locals sunbathe. Accessible only by foot or boat, the white cliffs of Port Pin or d’En Vau, are the most magical spots.