Travel Guide: Marseille

Marseille’s rich history of Mediterranean influences combined with a new wave of young chefs and excellent local produce adds up to a vibrant restaurant scene

By Alexander Lobrano

Published on February 21, 2014



Dinner for two with drinks and tip: Inexpensive Under $25 Moderate $25–$75 Expensive Over $75

Le Bistrot d'Edouard
150 Rue Jean Mermoz (33/491/711-652). Moderate. Chef Edouard Giribone serves delicious tapas and bouillabaisse at this small, handsomely renovated provençal villa.

La Boîte à Sardine
2 Boulevard de la Libération (33/491/509-595). Moderate. Dazzlingly fresh Mediterranean seafood, grilled to perfection, is front and center on the daily changing menu at chef Céline Bonnieu's bistro and fish stand.

79 Rue de la Palud (33/491/339-378). Inexpensive-Moderate. At his 17-seat establishment, the talented Fabrice Bazin offers an inventive market-driven menu, featuring the likes of trotters with creamy polenta.

Le Café des Epices
4 Rue du Lacydon (33/491/912-269). Moderate. At chef Arnaud Carton de Grammont's cosmopolitan bistro, try the grilled turbot with a garlicky eggplant purée.

L'Eau à la Bouche
120 Corniche Kennedy (33/491/521-616) Inexpensive. Superlative pizza from chef-turned-pizzaiolo Rodolphe Bodikian.

Le Grain de Sel
39 Rue de la Paix-Marcel-Paul (33/491/544-730). Moderate. Enjoy excellent new Mediterranean cuisine like salt cod tartare with chickpea purée from chef Pierre Giannetti at this loftlike bistro.

Chez Michel
6 Rue des Catalans (33/491/523-063). Expensive. Ask a local where to go for the city's best bouillabaisse and he'll send you here.

Restaurant Le Mistral
3 Rue Fortia (33/491/330-973). Moderate. Classic, old-school bouillabaisse by the waterfront.

Les Pieds dans le Plat
2 Rue Pastoret (33/491/487-415). Moderate. Chef Xavier Zapata has a way with fish at his friendly bistro in the artsy Cours Saint Julien quarter.

Chez Vincent
25 Rue Glandevès (33/491/339-678). Inexpensive-Moderate. For exceptional pizza, visit this beloved old Sicilian eatery. And be sure not to miss Rose Suggello's roasted red peppers with calf's liver, a house specialty.


An early-morning produce market in Marseille, France.


Hotel InterContinental Marseille-Hotel Dieu
1 Place Daviel (33/413/424-242). The new InterContinental is housed in a magnificent 18th-century former hospital. At the hotel's restaurant Alcyone, chef Lionel Lévy serves witty dishes such as a consommé of "Bouille-Abaisse," a deconstructed riff on Marseille's classic seafood stew.

Hôtel la Résidence du Vieux Port
18 Quai du Port (33/491/919-122). This retro hotel is outfitted with mod 1950s decor.

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