Fresh fish, local ingredients and a secret family recipe: these Marseille dining spots are the crème de la crème of what the city has to offer.
Le Petit Nice
With a stunning panoramic view of the Mediterranean, this is the epitome of fine seaside dining. The three Michelin-starred seasonally-driven restaurant, headed by the acclaimed chef Gérald Passedat and situated in the Passedat family’s posh seaside inn, focuses on fish — over 65 varieties of freshly caught fish, to be exact. From anemones to rock lobster, Passedat’s artful creations are sure to tickle the taste buds.
Chef Lionel Levy brings his experience and craft to his Michelin-starred restaurant named after the daughter of Aeolus, the Greek god of wind. Located in the opulent Intercontinental Hotel, the restaurant has a committed focus to fresh fish from the neighbouring Vieux Port and local, in-season produce — Levy and his team craft up an enticing menu featuring a Marseille must-try: bouillabaisse.
This upscale Michelin-starred brasserie perched on a rock reef peninsula at the Vallon des Auffes fishing port has perfected the art of seafood. Chef Guillaume Sourrieu — who once trained with the renowned Bernard Loiseau — uses the catch of the day to serve up everything from the traditional bouillabaisse to a mouth-watering grilled lobster.
After his time at the Saint-James Hotel near Bordeaux, the Marseille-born two Michelin-starred chef Michel Portos returned to his hometown to open up this low-key brasserie in 2012. But unlike his past work, here Portos offers hearty comfort food along with his own creations in a rustic setting only a couple blocks away from the Old Port.
Four des Navettes
As the oldest bakery in Marseille, the family-owned Four des Navettes has been serving its sweet-tasting breadsticks since 1781 from its central location near the city’s Old Port. Everything from the secret family recipe to the vaulted 18th century oven has become a part of Marseille’s tradition.