Somewhere to eat, drink and relax in Marseille

By Jo Le Borgne, Chris Millyard, Marietta Nettl and Anne Roumieu June 2008

LUNCHTIME RECOMMENDATIONS

*tested or recommended by AAGP members or used for group lunches

*CESAR PLACE 21 Place des Huiles 13001 tel.04-91-33-25-22 Conveniently placed close to the old Port and car park. Set lunch with choice of excellent starter and main course plus a glass of wine approx.16.50€ Terrace Evening menu rather expensive, especially the wine. French food.

*LE CANARD BOITEUX 38 rue Saint Saens 13001 tel.04-91-33-05-82 it is just off the Vieux Port behind Quai de Rive Neuve, within the pedestrian area. Good food, prices very from day to day! Small terrace, French food.

*PAIN & CIE 18 Place aux Huiles 13001 tel.04-91-33-55-00 Formerly called Le Pain Quodtidien still good food and well priced and vegetarian friendly ! Terrace. Decor rustic, wholesome food.

L’OLIVERAIE on the Place des Huiles 13001. Good for lunch and dinner. Sit on the terrace and watch the world go by!

*BAR DE LA MARINE (15, Quai de Rive Neuve)! This café/bar overlooking the Vieux Port was the setting for some of Marcel Pagnol's books which were later immortalised into films, also the used for one of the romantic scenes in the film“Love Actually”

*LAURACEE 96 rue Grignan 13001 tel. 04-91-33-63-36 , not too far from the Old Port, lunch time meals cost between 16 and 26 euros. Good food and fun place. No terrace, French food.

*LA VIRGULE 27 rue de la Loge.13002 tel. 04-91-90-91-11 near the Hotel de Ville, weather permitting, eat outside and look upwards and across the harbour to Notre Dame de la Garde, quality good, but expensive for size of portions!

CAFE DES EPICES 4. rue Lacydon 13001 tel.04 91 91 22 69 Small restaurant with a terrace, behind the Hotel de Ville. Food very elegant but no price guarantee, reliable and good value.

*LINA’S 11 La Canabière: This is an appetising sandwich/salad café on the lower floor of the Musée de la Mode. Sandwiches with a difference - toasted ciabatta bread with fillings of salad plus curried turkey or tuna or ham. Yummy desserts: brownies, fromage frais, cheesecake and good French coffee to finish. No terrace

TOINOU 3 cours Saint Louis tel.0491540879 - just off the Canebière This is a very popular lunch venue especially for lovers of seafood. Matched by good service, food and prices. Small terrace. An added option is a take away menu available 7 days a week!

*VINONEO 6 place Daviel 13002 tel.04 91 90 40 26 A great restaurant/wine bar opened by the ex vinter of Saint Ser in Puyloubier. A delightful terrace in the centre of the city. Good food and a fun wine experience (several different menus proposed to discover different wines). Cleverly adjacent to the restaurant one can purchase the wine at Vinoneo Boutique 17 rue caisserie 13002 tel.04 91 52 40 17

*HOSTERIA. Palais des pates farcies 44 bd Philppon 13004 tel.04 91 64 66 28 close to Palais Longchamps. As we discovered this little restaurant was not particularly suited for large groups, despite rather slow service it still proved to be a fun place for lunch. Speciality pasta. Italian wines.

LA CANTINETTA 24 Cours Julien 13006 tel.04-91-48-10-48 Excellent Italian food, delightful back garden reservations recommended. Prices reasonable, pasta

LE GRILLE O’THYM 19 cours Julien 13006 tel.04 91 92 83 46 Recommend by friends, yet to be tried by AAGP members.

L’ASSIETTE LYONNAIS 102 cours Julien 13006 tel.04 91 42 37 21 excellent Lyonnaise fare which can be fairly substantial!

*l'AROMAT 4 rue d'Italie 13006 tel.04-91-47-57-50 close to the Prefecture and rue de Rome. This intimate restaurant is a delight with subtle decor and lighting. Excellent service and quality cuisine.The first time I had nems filled with lobster meat (not a large portion, but super!), and on another occasion a filet mignon, smoked. (!) The meat came enclosed in a glass jar, still smoking, surrounded with aromatic herbs. I was enviously eyeing my four friends devouring all the different desserts. Three course midday menu plus café approx. 17€. Open lunchtimes and Fri & Sat evenings. No terrace, French food (Marietta recommended)

*AXIS 8 rue Sainte Victoire.13006 tel. 04-91-57-14-70, just off Place Castellane and rue de Rome, a reasonably, elegant restaurant with English speaking waiters, reservation recommended. Good lunch menu. No terrace, French food.

*LEYEN Japanese restaurant, 60. Ave du Prado, 13006 tel.04 91 53 00 09 This was one of the AAGP’s most successful lunchtime outings. The service and cuisine were excellent. Reservations strongly recommended as this was a very busy restaurant. Wide choice of food plus helpful waiters to make suggestions. Choice of different rice or noodles, varied choice for vegetarians. Set menus well priced from approx. 13 - 18€ depending on how many courses one wanted. Terrace on Prado.

LE JULIEN 114. rue Paradis 13006 tel.04 91 37 06 22 good food but again quite substantial.

ALCHIMIE, 26 rue Edmond Rostand 13006 tel.04 91 47 31 78 This tiny restaurant is tucked in the middle of a row of antique shops close to the Prefecture Not expensive and good food and service. French food

LES TROTTOIRS MARSEILLAI 5 place Joseph Vidal, near le Pointe Rouge. Tel.04 91 73 00 81 Groups can be catered for, reasonable quality and prices.

TEA SHOPS

*LES COULEURS DES THES 24 rue Paradis on the first floor. Close to the Vieux Port. Choice of 50 different teas and indulge in a selection of pastries, tempting.! Also available to purchase loose tea and Saturday brunch.

* “CUP OF TEA” 1 rue de la Caisserie, at the entrance of the Panier. It is not only a great place to have a tea and a cake but the terrace is wonderful in the sun while inside though small is a book shop! Worth a visit and is close to the Hotel de Cabre, built in 1535 and turned 90° in 1945!

*LES ARCENAUX cours d’Estienne d’Orves This really is a chic place for tea with an excellent choice of cakes and pastries. Wide choice of teas and coffees which are also available to buy. Further details of this shop with the adjoining bookshop and restaurant can be found on the SHOPS section of this Marseille supplement.

*UN TOUT PETIT MONDE 10 bd Garibaldi 13001 Open Mon-Sat. 9.30hr to 18.00hr A relaxing haven in the heart of this very busy area of town. Imposing entrance lobby leads through to a Victorian type conservatory area with a glass roof. Assortment of black and green teas from China, India and Sri Lanka. Expect to pay approx 4-6 euros for tea and 2 mini cakes. Chocolate brownies are a speciality. Sit either at a table or in relax on a soft settee, or armchair with magazines/books to read.

APERO & EVENING DRINKS

*BODEGA Casa Miguelito, 7 rue Moliere, near the Opera, sangria and tapas (6 € sangria & tapas or Happy Hour, 18h to 20h, 2 sangrias for the price of one!) small terrace

*NEW HOTEL of Marseille near the Pharo has a very nice cocktail bar and in the summer a very agreeable terrace upstairs. The hotel has its own parking. A relaxing environment.

*PELLE MELE 8 place aux Huiles, just off the Vieux Port. This late night jazz club serves aperitifs. Relax on the terrace with your friends.Drinks are accompanied with a yummy tray of snacks.

*THE SHAMROCK Irish pub Quai de Rive Neuve, pleasant drink on the terrace in the sun overlooking the Vieux Port, a classic, popular with the student population.

*BAR DE LA MARINE (15, Quai de Rive Neuve)! This café/bar overlooking the Vieux Port was the setting for some of Marcel Pagnol's books and also the used for one of the romantic scenes in “Love Actually”

LA CARAVELLE A very crowded place but great fun for drinks (fashionable among the younger set) 34 quai du port 13002 Early arrival recommended you want to sit on the small balcony! Tapas tel.04 91 90 36 64

L’EXIT Quai de Rive Neuve – young and trendy, good happy hour, big terrace, open until late!

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