Locals will tell you, life is good in Marseille, under the sun, with plenty of terraces, restaurants with views and fashionable spots! Here are the best places to visit.
Marseille, a melting pot of style, is a real source of inspiration, only 3 hours from Paris. Concept stores, retro bistros and organic soup breaks are all part of a day’s wandering in search of the latest hot spots.
The concept store
Let’s start our trip at the Jogging concept store, a new and unusual boutique. This former butchers has been transformed into a fashion showcase, with new and vintage collections set among exposed concrete walls. From moccasins perched on a solid wood pedestal to the new “must have” bag hung on a butcher’s hook, this Marseille version of Colette is a little museum of carefully selected designer items (I love the café terrace at the back).
Jogging - 103 rue Paradis, 13006 Marseille
Tel.: +33 (0)4 91 81 44 94
The organic café
It’s time to freshen up with an organic juice by Mr Charles, Marseille’s fresh new café! Choose from hot dishes and chilled juices. They concoct salads, sandwiches, soups and organic juices, all of which are fresh and homemade. We were enticed by their detox green juice and colourful decor, and left with a good, healthy fennel and apple mix for €3.50.
Cantine Mr Charles - 4 Cours Pierre Puget, 13006 Marseille 06
Tel.: +33 (0)9 81 23 19 03
Every day except weekends 07:00–16:00
The second-hand clothes shop
There’s a perfect vibe for browsing at Egg, a stylish second-hand clothes shop. There’s no room for threadbare, old clothes here. Egg carefully selects pieces you will see nowhere else, for women, men and children.
Egg - 121 rue Sainte 13007 Marseille
A taste for burgers!
It’s 14:30 and we’re hanging out at the Burger Banquet before it closes (16:00). This week’s house burger costs €15 and is served French-style. Many people think these are the best burgers in the city. With its industrial interior, this is a little slice of New York in the heart of Marseille.
Burger Banquet - 9 Rue Molière, 13001 Marseille
Tel.: +33 (0)4 91 93 32 40
And for our after-work drink? The Relève Bar manages to serve a neo-retro menu to clients who seem fresh out of their high chairs. This is a great hangout for thirty-somethings who appreciate good wine and good food.
Bar La Relève - 41 Rue d'Endoume, 13007 Marseille
from Monday to Saturday from 8:00 to 22:00, non-stop service.