For such a small area of the Southern French city of Marseille, Old Port has a lot to offer when it comes to eating out. Read on to discover the top 10 restaurants.
This Marseille institution always draws a crowd thanks to its great location, warm and friendly welcome and the sumptuous gourmet dishes. Restaurant Chez Michel’s decor is simple but effective. The quality of the meals speak for themselves. The local dishes in particular, including Chez Michel’s bourride, a seafood dish which originated in the Provence and Languedoc regions of France, warrant the (sometimes high) price tag. The warm welcome by the always-friendly owner is the icing on top of the cake.
Overlooking Marseille’s Old Port, Chez Fonfon is the regional and seafood restaurant with a view. Here, you can expect some of the finest seafood in the area. Given its close proximity to both the port and the Quai des Belges fish market, shouldn’t be too surprising. Of note is the bouillabaisse – the local seafood delicacy made up of a fish soup starter. This is followed by a main course of the fish itself – which is particularly good at Chez Fonfon. To top it off, Chez Fonfon has a warm, relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy your generously sized portions.
Another of Marseille’s superb seafood establishments, Restaurant Miramar can be found wedged in the north-eastern corner of the Old Port. Views over the port and of the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde in the distance are spectacular. These are complemented by the mainly seafood-inspired menu whose good sized portions are made of fresh, seasonal produce. Restaurant Miramar is particularly popular for its signature Bouillabaisse. Its other main courses, as well as its starters and the dessert selection, are worth a try.
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