Restaurants in Marseilles
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.
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.
Locals gather here for crusty pizza and bottle of Chateau Plonk.
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.
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.