The friendly atmosphere is the main flavour of meals here in Marseille where the typical daily fare includes olive oil and garlic.
At the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Marseille is no stranger to foreign cuisine and has even adopted some recipes as its own.
The result? Spicy dishes with a sunny touch, not to mention fish, shellfish and other seafood delicacies that make up the local fare...
There are many restaurants in Marseille, ranging from traditional cuisine to world food, not to mention oriental fare and Mediterranean food with a strong Italian influence, and of course the seafood specialties.
Establishments tend to be well decorated and the popular "city" style is a sign of these contemporary times.
The stars of Marseille...
Gérald Passédat, was awarded 3 Michelin stars in the 2008 edition. He has thus joined the exclusive ranks of only 26 French restaurants to have earned the three-star distinction, and is the only one in the South-East of France. A prominent family for 3 generations, the Passédats have been around since 1917 when Little Nice was nothing more than a dive on the Corniche! www.passedat.fr
L’Epuisette (1 Michelin star)
Located in the heart of the Vallon des Auffes below the Corniche, the Epuisette boasts panoramic sea views with the Frioul islands in the background. Chef Guillaume Sourrieu draws on Provençal and Mediterranean cuisine.
Une Table au sud (1 Michelin star)
Original cuisine with a strong Mediterranean flavour where citrus and olive oil are dominant. Rather unusual for a chef from the South West! www.unetableausud.com
The Tourist Office and Convention Bureau has been organizing "Bouillabaisse classes"in partnership with the Miramar restaurant. Chef Christian Buffa will reveal his secret recipe for this unique Marseille specialty.