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Restaurants in Marseille

Marseille has an abundance of good dining options, from traditional Provençal plates to authentic international dishes. Local specialities include the rich fish soup bouillabaisse, but also ratatouille, piedsetpaquets (sheep and tripe stew), soupe au pistou (vegetable soup), bourride (fish stew with aioli), aioli and tapenade.

The Marseille restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over €60)
Moderate (€20 to €60)
Cheap (up to €20)

These Marseille restaurant prices are for an average three-course meal for one and for a bottle of house wine or cheapest equivalent. All French restaurant bills automatically include a 15% service charge.

Expensive

Chez Fonfon

Cuisine: French

This legendary Marseille restaurant is in the Vallon des Auffes, a picturesque creek tucked away underneath the Corniche. The area is still home to fishermen and their families, so the focus of Chez Fonfon is very much on seafood dishes. It's one of the best places in town to try bouillabaisse.

Address: 7e, 140 rue Vallon des Auffes, Marseille,
Telephone: +33 4 9152 1438.
Website: http://www.chez-fonfon.com

Francesca

Cuisine: French and Mediterranean

You can tell Francesca is a chain by its clinical cream walls and an interior that has all the originality of an IKEA furniture store, but its nippy pasta dishes are ideal for those short on time. From fusilli to farfalle, customers pick their pasta and then their sauce (devour the salsa alla vodka), before deciding to eat in or take away. We recommend staying put on upstairs terrace.

Address: 7e, 192 rue de Rome, Marseille, 13006
Telephone: +33 4 9142 8128.
Website: http://www.francesca.com

L'Epuisette

Cuisine: French

Michelin star? Tick. Idyllic coastal setting? Tick. Hefty prices? Tick. This upmarket restaurant unquestionably serves some of the best seafood and fish dishes in Marseille. Head chef Guillaume Sourrieu has cemented a phenomenal reputation since he took over in 1999. Closed Sundays, Mondays and throughout August.

Address: 7e, 156 rue du Vallon des Auffes, Marseille,
Telephone: +33 4 9152 1782.
Website: http://www.l-epuisette.com

Le Miramar

Cuisine: Provençal

Le Miramar offers what is simply one of the best culinary experiences in Marseille. Since the mid-1960s, aficionados of bouillabaisse have been flocking here for a taste of the flavourful fish soup. The restaurant is a founding member of the bouillabaisse charter – a sure sign of quality and authenticity.

Address: 2e, 12 quai du Port, Marseille,
Telephone: +33 4 9191 1040.
Website: http://lemiramar.fr

Moderate

Kim-Do

Cuisine: Japanese

This spotless Japanese restaurant is tucked away behind the Palais Longchamp, offering friendly service and an intimate atmosphere. The sushi, sashimi and other dishes are all excellent, and there is an open-plan kitchen so you can watch the chef rolling your sushi before you eat them. It's tiny, so booking is essential.

Address: 4e, 4 rue Capazza, Marseille,
Telephone: +33 4 9134 0008.
Website: http://www.kim-do.fr

La Boîte à Sardine

Cuisine: Seafood

Part fishmonger, part restaurant, this busy and noisy temple to seafood is well away from the Vieux Port yet offers some of Marseille's best fish. It's open only at lunchtime, and among the excellent fish dishes are some of the more unusual marine offerings, such as sea anemones and sea urchins.

Address: 1e, 2 boulevard de la Libération, Marseille,
Telephone: +33 4 9150 9595.
Website: http://www.laboiteasardine.com

Cheap

La Kahena

Cuisine: North African

A well-established Tunisian restaurant near the Vieux Port, La Kahena packs diners in every night, despite severe local competition. It specialises in couscous, of which it offers 10 different varieties, including merguez (spicy beef and/or lamb sausage), fish, lamb, chicken and 'royal', with a bit of everything in it.

Address: 2e, 2 rue de la République, Marseille,
Telephone: +33 4 9190 6193.

La Table Ronde – Taverne Bretonne

Cuisine: Breton

The owner of this crêperie is from Brittany, and his home region provides the inspiration behind the menu. Try some delicious pancakes and savoury galettes washed down with Breton cider. Event the decor will transport you to another part of France – the owners use Breton furniture and table linen.

Address: 6e, 24 rue Sylvabelle, Marseille,
Telephone: +33 4 9104 6883.
Website: http://www.latableronde.fr

Les Arcenaulx

Cuisine: French

Located in grand surroundings in Louis XIV's arsenal, this restaurant, owned by local publisher Jeanne Lafitte, is part of a complex that also houses two bookshops. The restaurant specialises in traditional local dishes such as piedsetpaquets (sheep and tripe stew) and daube (beef stew). Several reception rooms are also available. Closed Sundays.

Address: 1e, 25 cours d'Estienne d'Orves, Marseille,
Telephone: +33 4 9159 8030.
Website: http://www.les-arcenaulx.com

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Hotel Lutetia

Conveniently located in a quiet street close to La Canebière, only 200m (656ft) from the railway station, this is a charming, comfortable hotel in the heart of Marseille, with easy metro access. Many of the rooms are more stylish than you would expect from a budget hotel.

Hipark Residences

With a choice of 114 smart apartments available for short, medium-term and longer stays, the Hipark Residences are a good alternative to the usual city-hotel options. They're in the southeast of Marseille and place an emphasis on spacious, modern design. Given the levels of comfort, they're good value.

Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port

Between the rocky headland of the Pharo and Fort St Nicolas, the indulgent Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port offers a near-unbeatable panoramic view of Marseille. The hotel has a swimming pool, eight meeting rooms (the largest of which can accommodate up to 130 people), a cocktail bar, a gastronomic restaurant and a spa.

InterContinental Marseille Hotel Dieu

Sitting imperiously over the Vieux Port from its perch near Le Panier, this 18th-century former Hotel Dieu is one of Marseille's most luxurious hotels. Most of the sleek, comfortable rooms have views of the Vieux Port, and many have balconies. There's also a renowned restaurant and a Clarins spa with an indoor pool.

Hotel Pullman Marseille Palm Beach

Located by the sea between the Vieux Port and the Convention Centre, the Hotel Pullman Marseille Palm Beach offers a unique view of the Prado Bay. It has stylish, contemporary rooms and suites, all with sea views. There's also a swimming pool, sauna, hot tub, jogging course and landing stage.

Le Petit Nice Passédat

This exquisite 19th-century villa in Hellenic style is set in lush gardens on a rocky promontory overlooking the Mediterranean. There is no denying that it's pricey, but the rooms are exceedingly comfortable and beautifully decorated, the service top notch, and the restaurant one of the best in town. The views are fabulous too.