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Things to do in Marseille

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Marseille. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Marseille attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Marseille to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Marseille.

  • Chateau d'If

    Never mind the fancy name, the "château" is actually a former prison—the Mediterranean equivalent of Alcatraz. Built in the 16th century, the islan... More
  • Chocolatière du Panier

    The family-run shop produces handmade chocolates spiked with such unlikely ingredients as fennel, onion, and lavender, as well as pralines and trad... More
  • Compagnie de Provence

    Established by a pair of local fashion-industry refugees, this cult bath and body-care store elevates the basic Provençal soap to a supremely chic ... More
  • Jardin des Vestiges

    You'll get a glimpse of Marseilles's ancient Greco-Roman past at this garden, where, during the 1967 construction of the Centre Bourse (the Stock E... More
  • Le Café de la Plage

    The beachfront bar near the Plage du Prado is where young surfers and their admirers flirt over fruity cocktails. Created by the editors of T+L fo... More
  • Le Four des Navettes

    Navettes are crisp, orange-flavored pastries shaped like boats (commemorating a party of seafaring saints). Le Four des Navettes—the oldest bakery ... More
  • Le Manureva

    Join the fabulous people for a glass of bubbly or a plate of crepes on Manureva's terrace. Inside, a pale-wood bar gives the feel of the interior o... More
  • Le Trolleybus

    A high-octane dance club in a renovated bunker, Le Trolleybus's roster of musical genres ranges from techno to salsa over three dance floors. Cr... More
  • Marianne Cat

    Local designer Marianne Cat has created a gallery and boutique in an 18th-century town house. She stocks her own silky, ephemeral dresses and blous... More
  • Notre-Dame de la Garde

    Take the quaint Petit Train de la Bonne Mère from the Old Port. You'll chug more than 500 feet above the harbor to the towering neo-Byzantine cathe... More
  • Vilebrequin

    A luxe men's bathing-suit brand founded in nearby St. Tropez, Vilebrequin has been creating well-cut trunks for more than three decades. Its tradem... More
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