Marseille is one of the most interesting cities in France since it is a multicultural crossroad opened on the world. It may be for its heritage, its harbor or it’s sun, it is very hard not to fall in love with this town. MAMA let herself caught by the happiness that reigns in Marseille to deliver you the best tips to a perfect stay.
MAMA says let’s eat
Marseille is full of good places to eat. Around the Corniche, the Vieux-Port, the Panier or the great Canebière, we have nothing to complain about... So if you want to try another restaurant than our, no problem! Just try La Cantinetta, La Tasca, Le Marengo, Le Rajasthan, Le Bobolivo, Chez Toinou...
MAMA says go out
Trying to escape from a Pastaga and a pétanque party ? Want to party, dance, drink great cocktails and just enjoy the night in Marseille? Discover the best bars and clubs in town as the Trolley Bus, La Dame noir, the Baby...
MAMA says educate yourself
Don’t quit Marseille without taking a bath of culture! Don't stay in your room all day, even if the design by Starck and the comfort is worth to lay in your bed and just enjoy. Except the must-see Mucem that highlights all the Mediterranean history, you can appreciate great cultural experiences at the fine arts Museum, the MAC, the Mediterranean Villa or the Town Hall.
MAMA says let’s shop
Trying to bring back home something more original than a soap of Marseille? Our shop is waiting for you with its treasures. But we also picked you up a list of shops that will make you spend the afternoon looking around for awesome stuff: Oggie’s Lifestore, the Vidéodrome, Galette Records, Soffee shop, the atelier mobile des fées Bizart, Peter Pan, Autour de l’Enfant...
MAMA says don’t miss
In Marseille, it is really easy to get amazed by so many things to see. The stairs of the Cours Julien, the Boulodrome, the Estaque harbor, the Diamond house. Feeling like taking a bath in a turquoise
sea ? Just take a walk to the Calanques.
- By subway (Castellane)
- By subway (Notre Dame du Mont Cours Julien)
- By subway (Baille)
- By tramway (stop Eugene Pierre)
- By bus (stop Baille - Vertus)
- By bus (stop Metro Castellane)
- By bus (stop Metro Notre Dame du Mont)
- Mama Marseille Parking
- Le Marengo
- Le Jardin d'à Côté
- Le Pavillon Thaï
- Le Rajasthan
- La Boite à Sardine
- Le Dernier Métro
- La Cantinetta
- La Tasca
- Chez Toinou
- Le Comptoir Dugommier
- La Tarraillette
- Le Casa No Name
- Le Cours en Vert
- Le Bar des Maraîchers
- La Baie du Dragon
- Les 3 Louches
- Le Baraki
- La Dame Noir
- Les Foulards Rouges
- Le Café Vian
- Chez Sauveur
- Le Carthage
- Les Pieds Dans le Plat
- Le Bobolivo
- Le Duke
- L'Equitable Café
- La Caravelle
- Le bistrot de l’horloge
- Le Café des Epices
- Le Chalet du Pharo
- Le Malthazar
- Le Baron Perché
- Les Buvards
- Le goût des choses
- Rue Terrusse
- Place du Chien Saucisse
- Les rues du Cours Julien
- Les escaliers du Cours Julien
- Maison Castel
- Boulodrome Les trois Mages
- 72 Boulevard Chave
- Le Pétrin de Provence
- La Cigogne d'Alsace
- Mina Kouk
- Epicerie l’Univers Alimentaire
- Patrice's Bagel Store
- Pick Me Up
- Fietje – Cave à Bières
- One Dollar Sandwich
- La Pause
- Vins, etc...
- Galerie Seize
- Paroisse Notre-Dame-du-Mont
- Eglise des Réformés
- Palais des Arts
- Le Daki-Ling
- L’atelier de Franck Garam
- Palais Longchamp
- L’Espace Julien
- Le Baby
- Trolley Bus
- Le Musée d'Art Contemporain
- Galette Records
- Maison Empereur
- Le Père Blaize
- Au Tour de l'Enfant
- Peter Pan
- Fifty Balloons
- Soffee shop
- L’atelier mobile des fées bizart
- Il y a de l’eau sur mars
- Vegetal Factory
Mama Shelter Marseille is ideally located right in the city centre at the 64, rue de la Loubière 13006 Marseille, near the Cours Julien district, an epicentre for urban art, a mix of concert halls, young designers and sunny terraces.
Easily accessed by the metro (Baille, Castellane and Notre Dame-du-Mont stations), Mama Shelter is only 25km from Marseille Provence airport (Shuttle service. By car, take the Autoroute du Soleil, exit Gare Saint Charles), and is only 10 minutes from the train station Gare Saint Charles by taxi. By far the most entertaining way to discover (or rediscover) the city of Marseille, European Capital of Culture 2013.
MAMA SHELTER MARSEILLE
64, rue de la Loubière
T +33 (0)4 84 35 20 00
F +33 (0)4 84 35 20 01
Marseille, the city which beats at the rhythm of cicadas singing will boggle you by the choice you will have, and the program isn’t limited to pétanque ball parties and the MIA dance!
The MAMA compiled a great guide for you to avoid buying expensive soaps and eating bouillabaisse in box! Find the best addresses in Cours Julien district and its surroundings. Follow our suggestions, Marseille won’t have any secret for you!
By subway (Castellane)
Blue line 1 (from la Rose to La Fouragère) & Red line 2 (from Bougainville to Sainte Marguerite - Dromel)
By subway (Notre Dame du Mont Cours Julien)
Red line 2 (from Bougainville to Sainte Marguerite - Dromel)
By subway (Baille)
Blue line 1 (from la Rose to La Fouragère)
By tramway (stop Eugene Pierre)
Tramway line n°1 (from Noailles to Les Caillols)
By bus (stop Baille - Vertus)
Line n°54 (from Les Catalans to Metro La Timone)
By bus (stop Metro Castellane)
Line n°50 (from Metro Castellane to Les Escourtines)
Line n°19 (from Metro Castellane to La Madrague de Montredon)
Line n°21, 21B and 21S (from Canebière Bourse to Luminy or Valmante)
Line n°41S (from Canebière Bourse to Metro Rond Point du Prado)
Line n°54 (from Metro La Timone to Les Catalans)
Line n°73 (from Metro Sainte Marguerite Dromel to Vallon de l'Oriol)
Line n°74 (from Thiers Réformés to Vallon de Montebello)
By bus (stop Metro Notre Dame du Mont)
Line n°74 (from Thiers Réformés to Vallon de Montebello)
Mama Marseille Parking
No need to look for somewhere to park between the Corniche and the Vieux Port, Mama Shelter has a 54 spaces parking. Height: 6.2 feet.
Our parking is located in front of 55 rue Château Payan. The entrance is strictly reserved to our residents. To access the parking please take a ticket from the automatic booth.
Because we love the childhood theme, with Grendizer, the Famous Five and the Delorean, because we can eat out outside in the sun, because we’d kill for their Babybel cheese with its breadcrumb coating, the homemade cordon bleu and the Schokobon milky bite flavoured cake,
and also because there’s a telly in the toilets! While you’re there have a look at the superb mosaic which was found hidden behind a wall during renovation work!
Lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday. Brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
1 rue Marengo, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 09 64 47 32 40
A concept store where you can eat, drink, visit the hairdresser’s, buy books, clothes, CDs, lots of cute articles and even party on a Thursday evening!
Open from Monday to Saturday.
55 Cours Julien, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 53 10 70
Le Jardin d'à Côté
It’s always a pleasure to be able to sit comfortably in the sun while eating a big plate of homemade French fries (yes homemade they are as the staff spends all morning peeling their potatoes!).
A nice lunchtime restaurant where you can feed bread crumbs to the plump sparrows.
Open from Monday to Saturday, from 12.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.
65 Cours Julien, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 94 15 51
Le Pavillon Thaï
The food is really very good! It’s like going on a journey to Thailand: we love the green curry (which really tastes like green curry)
and the green Thai pancake starter which really fills you up! Closed on Sunday and Monday.
28 Rue des 3 Frères Barthélémy, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 96 12 46 19
Indian and Pakistani specialities: choose this restaurant if you want a pleasant evening out with friends as you share the Thalis (small dishes) or if you want to eat generous, good and reasonably priced dishes.
It is difficult to resist the temptation to order something else with the rice and you’re quite right too as everything is good here but bear in mind you won’t finish your plate!
Don’t forget to order the Cheese Naan bread with its three sauces: sweet red raspberry sauce, the green mint sauce and the spicy yellow sauce which is not for the faint of heart!
Open every day from 11.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. and from 7.00 p.m. to midnight
34 place Notre Dame du Mont, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 42 77 03
La Boite à Sardine
This is not a place you are used to go to: it’s a fishmonger/restaurant with extremely pleasant staff and delicious dishes which are not too expensive. The products are always fresh and of a good quality accompanied by a good chilled white wine! Friday is aïoli day.
You can even enjoy an excellent evening dancing next to sea urchins, soles and other sea products during their Du son du poisson (Fish sounds) events.
If you’re lucky enough to be there when they are organised, they are well worth the detour! Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
2 boulevard de la Libération, 13001 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 50 95 95
Le Dernier Métro
You can eat simple but good dishes here at lunchtime for a few euro and drink your coffee in the sun on the terrace which is always full. Don’t be surprised if you tend to linger and end up ordering a bottle of rosé for your aperitif.
It’s a well-known neighbourhood bistro/bar/tobacconist and is open every day.
Open every day from 5.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.
68 boulevard Eugène Pierre, 13005 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 47 32 11
It’s best to come here in the evening but remember to book in advance as this restaurant with its Italian specialties is always full (despite the fact that it’s not small at all!).
It’s renowned for its delightful dishes, homemade fresh pasta, pleasant waiters who always give a good explanation of the menu, selection of wines and also for its large pretty courtyard where you should always try and book your table.
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 12.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. and from 8.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.
24 Cours Julien, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 48 10 48
For the “theatre” atmosphere of this tapas restaurant: it has a large courtyard with enormous wax-covered candelabras (you can even picture an 18th-century writer writing poems with a quill next to you),
velvet curtains, a fountain, soft red light – we feel so good here that we often stay longer than expected. Both festive and romantic, it’s perfect for couples or with friends.
A unique setting which serves late, very late and which is very popular: don’t forget to book if you don’t want to wait too long.
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 7.00 p.m. to 1.00 a.m.
102 rue Ferrari, 13005 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 42 26 02
Renowned throughout the area. It’s THE seafood restaurant in Marseille. Open every day throughout the year, it is always full which does not prevent the waiters from providing a quick service and produce that is exquisitely fresh.
Open for more than 50 years, you can go there with your eyes closed! If you don’t fancy dining in the restaurant, they even deliver to your home!
3 Cours Saint-Louis, 13001 Marseille
Tel: 08 11 45 45 45
A cultural location, a bar which organizes events in the evening from time to time and a restaurant at lunchtime and in the evening… There is a lot going on at Waaw!
We can recommend the generous dishes at lunchtime. You can also visit their website to be informed of the cultural events organised in the city and why not become a waami!
Open from Tuesday to Saturday.
17 rue Pastoret, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 42 16 33
An electro wine bar! A dark room, complete with a dance floor, laser lights, a DJ and great sound we just love! If you are looking for a more relaxed atmosphere, move up to the first floor!
A good selection of wines and really nice owners!
94 Cours Julien, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 96 12 08 47
Le Comptoir Dugommier
Well worth the visit: the food is good and they serve late. An old-fashioned bistro atmosphere with a great decoration, part of the wall has been painted in green, there are paintings, an open-plan kitchen with the chef who shouts “HELLO” all the time, in other words a genuine bistro…
You can eat dishes that are both Provencal and surprising, with a menu starter/main course/dessert/glass of wine at €20. A delight!
Open from 8.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. (1.00 a.m. on Thursday and Friday). Closed on Saturday and Sunday
14 boulevard Dugommier, 13001 Marseille
Tel: 09 50 12 32 62
Quality traditional French cuisine. You’ll always leave with a full stomach and a smile on your face. Not to be missed: their wine cellar and fireplace.
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 12.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. and from 8.00 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. They are closed on Saturday lunchtime.
59 boulevard Eugène Pierre, 13005 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 48 91 48
Christian is in charge of this somewhat hidden takeaway restaurant. He only works with fresh, seasonal products as respecting nature is essential for him.
He learnt all his techniques while training in Los Angeles with Japanese chefs and apparently is a model pupil! We recommend the chirashi which is delivered by the chef himself on his blue bicycle!
Deliveries from 11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m., orders by telephone or by email the day before on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
31 rue Goudard, 13005 Marseille
Tel: 06 80 92 98 65
Le Casa No Name
A very small restaurant well known by their enthusiastic fans. The menu changes with every season but it is very creative. Furthermore, the wine is very good!
7 rue André Poggioli, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 47 75 82
Le Cours en Vert
For lovers of organic food and for those who want “to eat a healthy and balanced meal today”.
There are two areas: a delicatessen where you can order the Cours en Vert baskets two days in advance which are full of organic vegetables from local producers; and a salad bar (and also a choice of gourmet platters)
so that you can make up your own meal throughout the day. It’s very ingenious; it’s good for health and the staff are very welcoming (please note that credit/debit cards are not accepted!).
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
102 Cours Julien, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 86 77 41 69 - 06 75 06 97 90
Le Bar des Maraîchers
An old-fashioned neighbourhood bistro with its own regulars. It’s good because it’s friendly and genuine. There’s a piano for customers who want to play music and there are lots of photographs of Léo Férré (the former owner was a fan).
Open from Monday to Friday, from 3.00 p.m. to 2.00 a.m.
101 rue Curiol, 13001 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 48 44 89
La Baie du Dragon
A Vietnamese restaurant: the manager is always telling jokes and the Dim Sums are very good! Open from Monday to Saturday from 12.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. and from 7.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m.
8 place Notre Dame du Mont, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 92 74 78
Les 3 Louches
Local, organic, seasonal products and lots of vegetarian dishes. You can’t miss the red and yellow façade which seems to pull you like a magnet! It’s very cosy inside with exhibitions, concerts, shows and you can eat large-sized salads, soups which change with the seasons,
tartines (open-faced sandwiches), soy steak burgers or other carefully prepared dishes.
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 7.00 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. and from Wednesday to Saturday from 12.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.
5 rue Crudère, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 09 51 63 30 39 - 06 69 43 19 04
Neighbourhood bar which organises concerts at weekends, ideal if you want to play baby foot with friends while you drink your beer or a game of belotte (card game). A pleasant, relaxing bar.
1 rue Tilsit, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 06 82 37 27 09
La Dame Noir
(yes it would normally be La Dame Noire but there’s no spelling mistake). We recommend you order an "au revoir Shoshana" in this mini bar with its trendy clientele from Marseille and well-established musical selection (electro / minimal).
You’ll be able to choose from sipping their raspberry mojito on the terrace, tasting their Japanese cuisine in their “canteen” at the back of the bar (with genuine Japanese dishes prepared by a genuine Japanese chef who has just arrived from genuine Japan) or shimmy in a romantic dance…
Don’t get there too early – around 10.30 p.m. … Open from Monday to Saturday from 6.00 p.m. to 2.00 a.m.
30 place Notre Dame du Mont, 13006 Marseille
Les Foulards Rouges
Are you looking for Basque dishes? Then get dressed up for a date at Le Foulard Rouge. Do not miss: the Bob’s beer with “Piment d’Espelette” ( which comes from a small village in the French Basque region) and crispy duck burgers.
7 rue des Trois Rois, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 09 50 07 00 71
Le Café Vian
Gastronomic specialties of the region and a good selection of wine. This a perfect combinationto spend a pleasant and romantic evening. During the summer time you can sit outside on the terrace.
12 rue Vian, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 06 64 15 41 34
A pizzeria which has been open for generations (since 1943!), it’s renowned throughout Marseille. Everything is good, the pizzas, the pasta, the desserts…
A lot of Marseillais will tell you that they have the best "pitsss" (pizzas in Marseille slang) of the town.
The waiter is also very friendly and has huuuuuugggggeeee moustaches!
From Tuesday to Saturday: 7.00 p.m. - midnight
10 rue d'Aubagne, 13001 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 54 33 96
A delicious Oriental cake shop / tearoom! If you want to eat a whole load of calories and enjoy yourself at the same time, we recommend the following combination: zlabias (Libyan piped doughnuts),
gazelle horns, a few makrouds (small semolina cakes) and finish with a good slice of Halva cake!
You can buy to take away or drink a cup of tea in the tearoom (there are only 2 or three tables).
11 rue Rouvière, 13001 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 33 48 50
Les Pieds Dans le Plat
A good wine list, products from the market and a menu at €10 at lunchtime, what more could you ask for?
From Tuesday to Saturday: 12.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.
10 rue Vian, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 48 74 15
Authentic bagels, a good atmosphere, the charming Panier neighborhood. It will delight your day in town!
4 rue Saint-Thomé, 13002 Marseille
Tel: 09 53 79 45 20
You have an overwhelming desire to eat meat after your visit at the Mucem. Just stop at the Bobolivo. With its original rotunda look, you won’t miss it. Argentinian barbecue and bistro atmosphere. During sunny days, you can sit down on the terrace and just enjoy the show offered by the Panier.
29 rue Caisserie, 13002 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 31 38 21
A real aperitif with real persons from Marseille, real rock’n’roll, real friends. This is Endoume at 59...
59 rue d'Endoume, 13007 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 90 74 21
The perfect bar for an aperitif, a debate or a screening between friends drinking a local organic beer or glass of wine.
54 Cours Julien, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 47 34 48
Small restaurant with marine decoration, La Caravelle offers dishes from Marseille for lunch and concerts in the evening (only on Wednesday and Friday). You have to look after the entrance, but as soon as you’ll be upstairs you will enjoy the place with the view on the port and the cathedral.
34 quai du Port, 13002 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 90 36 64
Le bistrot de l’horloge
Bistro style restaurant in the tradition of Parisian cafés. John and Antoine will welcome you with a simple but sophisticated menu, and small prices. The view on the Vieux-Port and cours Estienne d’Orves, but also the interior decoration and the perfect service will make you love this place.
11 Cours d’Estienne d’Orves, 13001 Marseille
Tel: 06 03 58 26 34
Le Café des Epices
Take a sunbath on this square. Rosé and fresh dishes, you will almost forget that you’re in the middle of the town.
4 rue du Lacydon, 13002 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 91 22 69
Le Chalet du Pharo
Just below the wonderful palace, you’ll have an amazing view on the Vieux-Port and the Mucem. A perfect place for a break surrounded by trees and a nice lunch.
58 boulevard Charles Livon, 13007 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 52 80 11
The gastronomic brasserie by the two stars chef Michel Portos. Dinner menu starter / main course / dessert at 31€.
Mama's tip: ask for a table in the back room …
19 rue Fortia, 13001 Marseille
Tel: 04 11 92 00 69
Le Baron Perché
Aperitif, dinner, or both. Guarrigue, olive trees and Mediterranean atmosphere.
45 rue Châteaubriand, 13007 Marseille
Tel: 09 51 24 89 52
To eat here or to go, original and cheap wines are guaranteed. A traditional cuisine and a warm welcome.
34 Grand Rue, 13002 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 90 69 98
Le goût des choses
A high class cuisine, a perfect service. Without a doubt, a safe bet for a quality meal.
4 place Notre Dame du Mont, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 48 70 62
We hope you appreciate the play on words [the uterus] (it still makes for a great photo souvenir though) and you’ll be able to visit number 51 where Marcel Pagnol lived from 1908 to 1911!
Rue Terrusse, 13005 Marseille
Place du Chien Saucisse
The dachshund is Serge Scotto, the writer’s mascot and the hero of a number of his detective novels. There are T-shirts, bottles of wine, posters with a picture of a dachshund… he really has become a star here. The square was inaugurated on 14 September 2000.
Place du Chien Saucisse, 13006 Marseille
Les rues du Cours Julien
The roads of the Cours Julien are the canvasses of street art, graffs and tags of all kinds. You’ll enjoy sitting comfortably on a terrace in the sun and watch this bustling neighbourhood come to life with its bobos, punks, artists, rebels and musicians. It’s the place to be.
Cours Julien, 13006 Marseille
Les escaliers du Cours Julien
After having crossed the refreshing pools (that’s what people say in the summer, but it’s better not to try…) of the Cours Julien, you’ll find yourself at the top of a huge flight of stairs that crosses the Cours Lieutaud.
Better to walk down it though as opposed to walk up it! Despite the constant noise, it offers a unique view over Marseille. It’s even more breathtaking at sunset.
Cours Julien, 13006 Marseille
At the end of the Cours Franklin Roosevelt, you’ll find a building which had an unusual and visionary architectural style at the time it was built in 1923 by Gaston Castel, a one-eyed architect!
2 impasse Croix de Régnier, 13004 Marseille
Boulodrome Les trois Mages
Tu tires ou tu pointes? (Are you going to shoot or point?) If you’re still not sure you can always try out your game of boules here… or just watch the more experienced players play!
A bottle of rosé, the sun and a view over the Palais des Arts (the Palace of the Arts): what more could you ask for?
1 rue des Trois Mages, 13001 Marseille
72 Boulevard Chave
Fernandel was born here! You can take THE photo here in front of the building with your two thumbs up.
72 boulevard Chave, 13005 Marseille
Le Pétrin de Provence
If you’re looking for a little snack at 5.00 a.m. on your way back to your hotel, this is THE bakery in Marseille. It is open 24/7 and has a wide variety of bread, delicious cakes and their chicken curry sandwich is quite something else.
68 boulevard Baille, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 78 22 54
La Cigogne d'Alsace
If you are a sauerkraut lover, there’s La Cigogne d'Alsace! An Alsatian butcher’s and delicatessen where you can find lots of good things like fresh pretzels, gingerbread, sausages etc. The place takes you on a delicious journey far from the south!
5 rue de Lodi, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 06 28 82 45 33
Garabet, Krikor, Rafi and Agop, four Lebanese brothers of Armenian origin, have opened this small (but very complete) Oriental delicatessen where you can come and enjoy homemade specialties which are made at the back of the shop (spinach beureuks, stuffed vine leaves, tomato cream
… it’s hard to choose). You never get tired of their food which is a pure delight for the taste buds…
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 8.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 2.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
26 rue Saint-Michel, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 33 07 11
A gourmet delicatessen – it is full of what dreams are made of… Everything is beautiful, everything is good – it’s the kind of place that dazzles your eyes and taste buds…
You’ll only find carefully selected products here: cheese, caviar, champagne, marvellous desserts… You can also eat here at lunchtime.
Open from Monday to Saturday, from 8.30 a.m. to 8.00 p.m., food is served between 12.00 p.m. and 2.30 p.m.
25 place Notre Dame du Mont, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 47 06 23
For a nice couscous at lunchtime or a tea in the afternoon with a pyramid of oriental sugar cakes – this is the place to go and only a few minutes away from Mama Shelter. Open until 7 pm.
21 rue Fontange, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 53 54 55
Epicerie l’Univers Alimentaire
Ali is the owner of this fabulous delicatessen (we wanted to avoid the play on words but here we go anyway… here it’s Ali Baba’s cavern!). You’ll find EVERYTHING you need:
spices (curry and unlikely spices!), dried fruit, rice, nuts, saffron, verbena, but also natural sponges, Turkish delights, ladles… It smells wonderful when you step inside and it’s hard to know which way to look.
34 rue d'Aubagne, 13001 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 33 77 49
Confectioner – tearoom – cake shop – ice cream shop – biscuit shop – chocolate shop, in a baroque decor which has been there since 1820! Here you walk into another world and feel really good! With a bit of luck you might even bump into Michel Galabru!
168 La Canebière, 13001 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 48 06 67
Patrice's Bagel Store
Welcome to New York! One of the rare places in Marseille where the Bagel is king and where it is especially good! You choose your bread, its ingredients, and then take a seat and enjoy.
For the gourmets, Patrice also has cheesecakes (mmmm..), muffins and other delicacies that are full of calories but make people feel so happy.
Open from Monday to Saturday, from 10.00 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.
113 rue de Lodi, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 25 44 16
Pick Me Up
A soup and vegetarian / organic yoghurt bar! In an area which is more focused on spices and good couscouses it was a bold thing to do! Fantastic homemade yoghurts where you can choose your toppings and the choice is difficult: mango cream, pistachio, praline, violet purée, mulberry jam…
And then there are soups, quiches – all in all only good things that are good for the body and the mind.
Open from Monday to Saturday from 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
5 rue de la Palud, 13001 Marseille
Tel: 06 11 56 77 07
Fietje – Cave à Bières
“Fietje” – this is the sound a beer bottle makes when you open it. Here you can find more than 200 different types of beer and it’s not far away from MAMA.
36 rue des 3 Frères Barthélémy, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 58 81 62
One Dollar Sandwich
From Monday to Saturday, only for lunch. A selection of fresh sandwiches served with a smile by Olivier and his bow tie. And you can also ask for a delivery.
24 rue Saint-Sébastien, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 06 51 46 51 78
Prepare your passport for a sandwiches world tour. Enjoy the quotations, proverbs and ideas written everywhere on the walls waiting for your sandwich to be made. Pakistan, Morocco, India… You just have to choose the destination.
7 rue des 3 Mages, 13001 Marseille
Enjoy the wines with the great tips that you’ll be given.
78 boulevard Eugène Pierre, 13005 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 53 33 19
Anglo-saxon coffee break half-way between Central Perk and Covent Garden. Yoann will serve you a cappuccino, macchiato or Americano and a hot muffin.
100 boulevard Baille, 13005 Marseille
Tel: 06 86 57 52 22
La Réserve à Bulles
A comic book paradise. Run by a couple who are mad about books, you can come here to read, buy, discover or even meet guest authors.
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 2.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
58 rue des 3 Frères Barthélémy, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 09 73 62 11 47
A small bookshop which is specialised in foreign language books. It has existed for more than 30 years.
Open from Monday to Friday: 9.30 a.m. – 12.15 p.m. / 2.00 p.m. - 6.45 p.m.
Saturday: 9.30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. / 3.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.
95 rue de Lodi, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 42 63 44
L’histoire de l’œil
A bookshop – exhibition venue which is specialised in art (and also detective novels, poetry, theatre, children’s literature, etc.) where you can find rare and quite specific books.
You can also drink a good hot (or cold) drink while you read in the conservatory in the winter or in the interior courtyard in the summer.
25 rue Fontange, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 48 29 92
A gallery which is run by graphic artists, DJs, illustrators… people in the groove in other words! They exhibit a new artist every month: photos, graffiti, painting… Go check them out!
16 rue de fontanges, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 33 61 02
Rebuilt at the beginning of the 19th century, its architecture and paintings are remarkable. In 1839 Chopin also played the organ here – would you believe it!
1 rue de Lodi, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 48 36 96
Eglise des Réformés
An example of gothic architecture which houses splendid mosaics.
8 Cours Franklin Roosevelt, 13001 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 48 57 45
Palais des Arts
The cultural high point: the building was built by the architect, Espérandieu, between 1864 and 1874 to house the School of Fine Arts and the town’s library. It is today the conservatory and houses the Regards de Provence foundation (with exhibitions on Provence obviously…).
1 place Auguste et François Carli, 13001 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 42 51 50
Dance, theatre, circus arts, screenings, exhibitions, shows, this cultural site was built on the vestiges of a former monastery which dated back to 1248. Its vaulted room can still be seen today.
Programmes at: www.dakiling.com.
45A rue d'Aubagne, 13001 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 33 45 14
L’atelier de Franck Garam
We should normally have created a category apart for this one entitled “unusual”. There’s an extraordinary workshop, hidden behind a gate, in a courtyard where Franck,
an unbelievable collector, transforms recycling into an art. It’s hard to know which way to look there. The workshop is closed the majority of the time. If you’re lucky you’ll bump into the artist but it’s best to call before…
30 boulevard de la Libération, 13001 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 42 86 94
You cannot make a choice between a beautiful garden, and an interesting museum. The Palais Longchamps offers you all of that, and more...
Boulevard du Jardin Zoologique, 13004 Marseille
A concert hall for electronic music and concerts. An unforgetable nightclub in Marseille.
39 Cours Julien, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 24 34 10
This nightclub is open until 5 am. Come here to end your amazing night by dancing to electronic music.
2 rue André Poggioli, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 07 63 76 25 25 - 06 10 51 77 81
Bob just switched the lights on and turned the music down. Too soon to go to sleep? Why not continue the party at the Trolley Bus! One of the most famous club of the city, located on the Vieux-Port. 3 rooms, 3 ambiences. You'll come back to Mama tired, but happy.
24 Quai de Rive Neuve, 13007 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 54 30 45
The Mucem is the place you absolutely have to see in Marseille : To learn about the Mediterranean civilizations, to admire the great
architecture of the building, and to be amazed by the view on the sea. Superb!
1 esplanade du J4, 13002 Marseille
Tel: 04 84 35 13 13
Le Musée d'Art Contemporain
Le Musée d'Art Contemporain est doté d'une collection d'œuvres contemporaines hallucinantes, à découvrir absolument !
69 avenue de Haïfa, 13008 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 25 01 07
The Ali Baba cavern of art-house video where you will not only find the film of the same name by David Cronenberg but also walls packed with auteur films, documentaries, Japanese films, from all countries, all types and in particular treasures that cannot be found elsewhere.
There is also a video library where enthusiasts linger and where a piece of advice is transformed into a thesis on the film industry. You can even watch VHS tapes or DVDs here for only €2. Open every day from 3.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.
8 rue Vian, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 84 26 76 42
You can’t miss it - you only have to follow the big yellow armchair… A second-hand / stock-clearance boutique of new or vintage clothing with brands like:
Dedikate, Maje, Paul & Joe etc… All in all, a pretty shop for ladies where you can talk trainers with Damien or about Liberty with Christina.
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
16 rue Pastoret, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 88 08 04 08
A vinyl records shop which specializes in soul and black music. If you want to meet the owner, he’s hiding behind the counter! Feel free to ask him for advice and hunt in the stock of 45’s.
Open from Monday to Saturday from 11.00 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.
31 rue des Trois Rois, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 09 77 76 05 07
Ironmonger’s, kitchen-ware shop (which specializes in cutlery), kitchen and cake-making utensils… you can find absolutely EVERYTHING at the Empereur!
The shop has been open since 1845 which accounts for its title of “the oldest ironmonger’s in France and beyond”. Everything you need and cannot find elsewhere is at Maison Empereur (and to top it all it rhymes!)
Open from Monday to Saturday from 9.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
4 rue des Récolettes, 13001 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 54 02 29
A shop for collectors which is run by a collector… of TOYS! There are no wooden toys here, everything is 100% plastic and most importantly vintage. The owner is a fan of Grendizer – everything you need to relive your childhood memories…
53 Cours Lieutaud, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 67 42 71
“Darling, I would like to listen to some Hard Rock”: that can happen to anybody, at any time in the day, and in particular if you have forgotten your player at the Mama…
Don’t worry, we have a solution for you! Head for Sabre-Tooth, a vinyl store which is specialised in Hard rock / Hardcore, etc… and what’s more the manager is a fan of Motörhead – you can tell by the photographs on the walls!
19 rue des 3 Mages, 13001 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 48 39 29
A vintage and second-hand boutique where Aurélia and William display articles for both men and women who are looking for that “special little thing”. And as they are really sweet they’ve even thought about dressmakers with their pieces at €2.
15 rue des 3 Mages, 13001 Marseille
Professional or amateur – here you are going to find what you are looking for, digital cameras, SLR, Lomo or Polaroid.
70 boulevard Chave, 13005 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 47 08 83
Le Père Blaize
A herbalist’s which has been opened since 1815, full of jars of plants of all kinds, good advice, a gold mine for alternative medication. If you use this type of medication this is the place to go! (Don’t forget to bring cash as they do not accept debit/credit cards).
Open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
4-6 rue Méolan, 13001 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 54 04 01
Au Tour de l'Enfant
One of the rare shops today which sells traditional toys: pedal cars, wooden toys, puppets, educational toys – you’ll love everything!
Open from Tuesday to Friday from 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.
110 Cours Julien, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 47 36 20
Situated in the middle of motorbike dealers, it is one of the oldest toy shops in Marseille. For the young and the old alike, it is a genuine Ali Baba cavern.
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
33 Cours Lieutaud, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 42 55 07
The ideal store for buying gorgeous jewelry. It’s not expensive and unique because all of them are limited edition pieces. You can find creative handbags and clothes as well.
30A rue des Trois Rois, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 37 23 29
Between a store and a gallery, Charivani is a mix of creative people: photographers, painters, sculptors, furniture manufacturers and jewelry designers. Their pieces are unique and limited.
7 rue Fontange, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 88 64 36 19
Lamps, pottery, customized espadrilles. Everything is here to offer the best Marseille souvenirs.
132 rue d'Aubagne, 13001 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 47 82 97
L’atelier mobile des fées bizart
You’ll find their unique and original creations, and it’s not even expensive. It will make you dream.
8 rue des Trois Rois, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 37 63 27
Il y a de l’eau sur mars
From Tuesday to Saturday 11am – 7pm. According to Julie, you will be amazed by the work of the young design artists she found.
14 boulevard Salvator, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 06 84 17 15 88 - 04 91 41 10 37
Sandrine floral creations are just amazing, so do not miss it!
91 boulevard Baille, 13005 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 48 61 06
Travel, baize, pearls and thimble atmosphere. Original clothes, jewels and accessories for everyone.
20 rue Bussy l’Indien, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 47 69 20
Marché Paysan du Cours Julien
In a word (or a few) you’ll find organic products from small producers: everything that’s good and seasonal.
Cours Julien, 13006 Marseille
Marché de Noailles / Capucins
A very popular market where you’ll find fish, vegetables, fruit, African products… Don’t come too dressed up. This is a typical Marseille market where you’ll often hear people yell “oh fada” (“oh you idiot”). The prices here are unbeatable.
Rue du Marché des Capucins, 13001 Marseille
Marché aux Livres
On the Cours Julien, every 2nd Saturday of the month.
Cours Julien, 13006 Marseille
Let’s get your sense of smell working! Here they make custom-designed fragrances - so for those of you who are sick and tired of smelling like your neighbour (we are exaggerating a little bit here…) here’s your chance to put an essence of your personality into a pretty bottle.
44 rue de la Palud, 13001 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 55 70 28
If you want to be pampered and relax, here’s the place to come for some shiatsu and also moxibustion: heat is applied to the same acupuncture points!
12 rue Poggioli, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 06 99 87 69 18
Copper shampoo trays, vintage armchairs and works of art. To combine haircut, relaxation and culture.
66 rue des 3 Frères Barthélémy, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 63 20 43
Les Bains de Lanka
From Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 07:30pm. Reservation only. A real travel in Orient which is perfect for relaxation and exoticism.
55 boulevard Baille, 13006 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 48 67 63
LA PLAGE IS NOW CLOSED BUT WILL RE-OPEN IN SUMMER 2015
A few miles away from MAMA, 10 meters from the Skate Park Borély, you will be able to relax on the Beach where 40 beach chairs are specially booked for the MAMA guests.
But please note, you will need to book your chair in advance. Reservations need to be done at MAMA’s reception.
Avenue Pierre Mendes France