The 10 Best Bars In Old Port, Marseille

© Gilles Paire /
© Gilles Paire /
Marseille‘s Old Port has been a hub of activity in France‘s second largest city for thousands of years. From Ancient Greek antiquity to the Middle Ages, the Vieux Port was often the first stop off on French soil after the Mediterranean sea. Today, the area is just as bustling as ever and is filled with bars, restaurants and shopping opportunities. Here, we count down the top 10 bars to grab a drink once the sun has set.

La Caravelle

Bar, Restaurant, Wine Bar, French, $$$
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La Caravelle is a bar and restaurant which offers one of the best views of Marseille’s Vieux Port. The huge window which stretches across the width of the restaurant allows spectacular views of the port, which is particularly beautiful as the sun is setting. The friendly first floor bar is open from early in the morning until late at night and welcomes tourists and locals of all ages and from all walks of life. One of the oldest bars in Marseille, La Caravelle has been entertaining the people of Marseille for generations and today is known for its hugely popular jazz nights.
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Le Vieux Port

Bar, Market, Restaurant, French, Seafood, $$$
Just behind the Quai des Belges, famous for its early morning fish market, you’ll find the bar and restaurant Le Vieux Port. The central location of this Marseille bar means that here you’ll always find a lively atmosphere in which to enjoy a pre-meal apéro of Pastis, Marseille’s famous (and divisive) aniseed-flavored drink. The location is also great thanks to its proximity to the Old Port itself. From the tables and chairs of Le Vieux Port you’ll be able to spot the old fishing boats and high-end yachts that come to dock in Marseille’s picturesque harbor.
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Longchamp Palace

Longchamp Palace is located a couple of streets away from the Old Port itself, but the lively, upbeat atmosphere of this art-deco inspired bar makes the visit definitely worth the diversion. Sample the restaurant’s food menu, which is made up of seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, and stay for a drink (or two) in the stylish bar afterwards. Throughout the summer months, Longchamp Palace’s adjoining patio makes a great spot to enjoy a refreshing drink with loved ones. Come back during the day for a relaxing coffee or at the weekend when Longchamp Palace’s delicious brunch attracts hordes of Marseille locals.
Address & telephone number: 22, boulevard Longchamp, 13001 Marseille, France, +33 4 91 50 76 13

La Part Des Anges

Wine Bar, Bar, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Pub Grub, French, $$$
This wine bar is a must visit for any budding wine connoisseurs. The three friends who own and run La Part des Anges select each of their wines themselves and have a great respect for the whole process of wine making, from vineyard to bottle to bar. They believe everyone should have access to high quality wine. La Part des Anges also has a small selection of dishes available, which change from one month to the next. The wines, which come from vineyards all over France including the regions around Marseille, go superbly alongside the mains.
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