With the rolling waves of the Mediterranean Sea and the fertile vineyards of Provence within easy reach, Marseille is a foodie’s haven. The typical order of the day: ultra-fresh seafood paired with a chilled glass of pastis. See below for our top picks of flavors to savor in Marseille.
Bouillabaisse is a traditional fish stew delicately flavored with a mix of herbs and spices that originated in Marseille. Key ingredients are usually European conger, gurnard, and red rascasse, but bream, hake, monkfish, and turbot also feature. The dish is best enjoyed in Marseille's Old Port or along La Canebière, accompanied by a bottle of local white wine. On a sunny summer's day, nothing beats a glass of pastis—an anise-flavored aperitif that symbolizes the south of France. Though perhaps not as famous as Champagne or Bordeaux wine, pastis is the best way to beat the hot Mediterranean heat.
- Explore the medieval village of Aix-en-Provence and browse the bustling open-air market, where locals pick up fresh produce for their kitchens.
- Take a wine tour—perhaps to the Châteauneuf-du-Pape wineries—and sample some of the delicate white, renowned rosé, and bold red wines for which Provence is famous.
- Admire sweeping views over the Bay of Cassis from a vantage point at Cap Canaille—one of the highest clifftops in Europe.
- Try your hand at pétanque, a traditional French game of bowls, and follow it up with a refreshing glass of pastis.