The charm of the countryside in the heart of Marseille? Bohemian style? Possible at La Passarelle. This Meditteranean restaurant serves healthy and tasty dishes all made with organic products. Vegetable and fruit salad, grilled fish or Kefta in a big garden near a Pétanque playgroung… Here it is.
ASK : If they’re open as they close in October when it starts getting too cold. And if they’re not, you can try tapas at their bar L’Alimentation Générale.
This former butcher shop revamped as a concept store is one of a kind in Marseille. Tastefully designed, co-founded by Olivier Amsellem (photographer) and Charlotte Brunet, it curates fashion items and lifestyle products not to be found anywhere else in town. Aesop, Olympia Le Tan, Christophe Lemaire, Opening Ceremony, Adieu Paris…
Plus, there’s a hidden charming little garden hosting events at the back.
ASK : Olivier for some tips, where to eat, where to be. He knows the city like the back of his hands.
This is too good to be true. Old fashioned but modern. Chic but affordable. The oldest hardware store in France hasn’t aged a day in two centuries. From “savon de Marseille” (soap) to “Pierrot Gourmand lollipops”, here’s where you’ll find everything. Lifestyle paradise.
ASK : How to go to “Manufactures françaises” If you’re looking for made in France products only. Part of Maison Empereur, this little shop tucked in Le panier (one of Marseille’s loveliest neighborhoods) offers what’s best.
Friendly Christian Qui, former landscape architect has trained 6 months in California and learned cutting techniques in order to become the fish master he is today. So there he goes, working all by himself behind a little bar and transforming the morning’s small-scale fishing products into delicious and creative sashimis from Marseille. Enjoy them in an intimate and relax atmosphere between some Miso soup and oysters. 12 table settings here and dinner only.
ASK : To have a look at Christian’s vinyle collection. And let the music play.
A visit to Le Corbusier’s “Cité radieuse” is not limited to architecture lovers. Besides the MaMo (art center), the hotel, the restaurant and a bakery, you’ll find another gem at number 318 of this incredible building people of Marseille used to call “la Maison du fada” (the crazy man’s house). In cosy “SEMIS boutique expresso” you can enjoy a cup of coffee, fresh orange juices, cookies and muffins from Coogie coffee shop and buy traditionally knitted pieces from the cool brand “Atelier Semis”. A sweet treat while shopping.
ASK : For the home made ice cream… in Marseille.
The road that leads to Sormiou is incredible, as you can see Marseille City on one side and the calanque on the other side. This vertigo feeling has a price. In order to go by car (and avoid walking an hour), you need to book a table in one of the two restaurants. Le Château (that I recommend) or Le Lunch (on the beach but not so good). Until October.
Les Goudes has an easy access by car. The best way to enjoy this calanque is to rent a sunbed at the restaurant La Baie des Singes (until October). Magical.