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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
History Museum
“The Museum of the Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean (Mucem) is a national museum located in Marseille. It opened on 7 June 2013, when Marseille was the European Capital of Culture. It has a total surface area of 45,000 square metres, including 4,900 square metres of exhibition space and 7,000 square metres of storerooms containing the museum's 350,000 or so references. A museum of society, the Mucem is devoted to the civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean. The exhibitions are based on various scientific advances: anthropology, archaeology, history, art history and contemporary art. The museum offers information on the ancient foundations of this basin of civilization, as well as the tensions that run through it up to the present day. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)”
  • 538 locals recommend
Church
“If you come in Marseille you have to get there ! Notre dame de la Garde is a church dedicated to Marie which is on the top of a higher mount in Marseille. From a Christian site, it has become for all Marseille inhabitants, a kind of symbol of the city whatever religion they follow, if ever they follow one. Most important, from its foot you can see a panorama of all the city, it is really wonderful. You can get there by car, bus, touristic train, taxi , but remember that the last hundred meters have to be walked on foot and to make a wish once up there ! ”
  • 446 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“With more than 170 shops, restaurants and services, Les Terrasses Du Port offers you a multitude of choices. Small or big hunger, there's something for everyone in the restaurants of Les Terrasses Du Port. ”
  • 265 locals recommend
Harbor / Marina
“Nice to stroll down the pier and watch all of the luxury yacht's that lies there.”
  • 153 locals recommend
Park
“From the Réformé church (up the Canebière) you can follow the Boulevard Longchamp where you can see nice example of old upper-class buildings to arrive to Palais Longchamp. The palais is worth visiting though it won't take you long. You can visit the "musee des beaux arts" as well as the natural history museum.”
  • 227 locals recommend
Museum
“The location (Panier neighbourhood) and the structure themselves are nice for a casual stroll. La Vieille Charité has consistently exceptional exhibits. ”
  • 167 locals recommend
Cultural Center
“theaters, concerts, events, skate park, roof top... restaurant may suggestions for the industrial factory transformed in cultural place”
  • 196 locals recommend
Plaza
“The Cours Julien is the perfect place for a morning coffee or lunch. Walk around the side streets and check out the Street Art. In the evening, stay for some exotic dinner and maybe a late drink with some live music.”
  • 177 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Part of the calanques national park. It is both a beach option and a hiking trail. You can access it by bus very easily. It's breathtaking. Don't hesitate to take a walk on the path going through the mountains. I love it also for mountain climbing and swimming.”
  • 142 locals recommend
Park
“This is the most spectacular view you will ever have of the sea and mountains.”
  • 123 locals recommend
Harbor / Marina
“There are many beaches in Marseille, but the best beaches to swim are definitely the ones on Frioul Island, at 45 minutes by the ferry from Vieux Port (the roundtrip ticket costs 11,10 euros). On this beautiful island, you will find many little creeks with a wonderful view over Marseille.”
  • 131 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“Fun and good atmosphere. Ideal both for a drink or some food. Check out the terrace on the back. ”
  • 134 locals recommend
Bay
“Extraordinary scenes. You can walk around an hour and you get to the beach. You deserve it ! Do not forget your water because it can be hot.”
  • 105 locals recommend
Park
“A large and great park, 300 meters from the sea. After a siesta in the park go have a drink at Escale Borely (a place with numerous restaurants and bars on the beach) to see the sunset.”
  • 124 locals recommend
National Park
“The breathtaking Calanques National Park is near Marseille, another worthy day trip. It extendes over 520 km2 and includes parts of the famous Massif des Calanques, between Marseille, Cassis and La Ciotat.”
  • 76 locals recommend
Athletics & Sports
“Football stadium Access by metro: line M2 / Stop at Sainte Marguerite - Dromel”
  • 115 locals recommend

Top restaurants

French Restaurant
“Fun and good atmosphere. Ideal both for a drink or some food. Check out the terrace on the back. ”
  • 134 locals recommend
Bar
“old traditionnal pub with nice view on Notre Dame de la Garde, jazz programm ”
  • 138 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Really good Italian food. Always full so make sure you book in advance. Make sure you book a table on the the terrace at the back, it is just perfect on a warm summer night in Marseille. ”
  • 134 locals recommend
Provençal Restaurant
“or a boat trip followed by bouillabaisse in the beautiful Vallon des Auffes”
  • 105 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Small quiet Harbour, Great Sunset Views, FANTASTIC pizza and great for a romantic night out.”
  • 81 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“cuisine d'inspiration italienne, produits frais et finement travaillés, cadre chaleureux et dépaysant, accueil décontracté et souriant. Ce restaurant au bon rapport qualité prix, est notre cantine!”
  • 55 locals recommend
Lounge
“Le quartier le plus typique et le plus ancien de marseille. Magnifique. Visiter le site Web "lepanierdemarseille". ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“Bar branché derrière le vieux port, ambiance décontractée ! Trendy bar behind the old harbor, relaxed atmosphere ! 128 Rue Sainte +33 4 91 21 62 03”
  • 38 locals recommend

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