Restaurants in Marseille
Marseilles restaurants are first and foremost known for their fresh seafood dishes, especially bouillabaisse, a garlicky stew featuring a variety of local fish. What’s more, the city’s proximity to the coast has also resulted in a variety of Marseilles restaurants offering takes on Mediterranean cuisine while providing guests with a warm and ambient atmosphere.
For those looking to take their meal on high, head to LaTable, the top-floor restaurant at the previously mentioned Museum of the Civilisations of Europe and or feel free to make your way down to the L’Épuisette, a seaside Marseilles restaurant in the Endoume neighborhood specializing in shrimp terrine and sea bass. If you simply can’t wait to tuck into a bowl of Marseilles bouillabaisse, look no further than neighboring eatery, Chez Fonfon, in operation since 1952.
If seafood isn’t quite your thing, there are always hotspots like L’Oliveraie and Chez Jeannot, which offer rustic fare in the Provençal settings that have come to define the South of France.
L’Oliveraie means “the olive grove,” and the fragrant fruit is found throughout the menu. Enjoy such French classics as braised rabbit, mushroom ravioli, escargots, and tarte Tatin.
Locals prize the Provençal-decorated spot both for its location—with views of the boat-filled Old Port and of the city’s skyline—and for its hearty food: peasant bread served with frozen olive oil, home-cured meats, oven-roasted pigeon, and an exceptional cheese tray.
With its large population of North African immigrants, Marseilles has developed as a center of Maghreb cuisine. Located in the Arab Quarter, the cheery Sur le Pouce serves some of the best couscous in town, as well as tasty tagines and sweet, flaky pastries.
Bouillabaisse is such serious business that waiters display each of its main ingredients to diners before they order. The nautical-themed exterior may seem touristy, but the cuisine is considered the most authentic in the city.
In the fishing port of Vallon des Auffes, the idyllic L’Épuisette serves a proper Provençal bouillabaisse that’s oceans away from all others—brash and intense, rich with saffron and garlic and tasting unmistakably of the sea.
Locals gather here for crusty pizza and bottle of Chateau Plonk.