One of Marseille’s best bar à vins is tucked away a few blocks from the Vieux Port. Les Buvards – the city’s first natural wine bar – pours French bottles, with a number of Italian and other European gems rounding out the selection. At this intimate, unintimidating spot, owners Fred and Laetitia say they “know many of the winemakers personally”, meaning they’re well placed to help you choose. Dig into Fred’s comfort fare, including homemade pâtés, succulent boudin noir (blood sausage) terrine and the tastiest puréed potatoes. In one of the city’s tiniest kitchens, he also makes homestyle slow-cooked stews, like sausages simmered in grape must (juice with the skin, seeds and stems) given to him by beaujolais vigneron Marcel Lapierre. As is the case in many wine bars, Les Buvards is perfect for solo dining. You can also grab a bottle to go from this caviste (wine shop).