1. Le Panier – 2nd borough
Marseille’s oldest district having inspired the producers of the series Plus belle la vie, Le Panier generally attracts visitors with its colorful, vegetated alleys that lead you to lively, bustling squares. To discover an authentic Marseille, this is definitely the district to see on your trip to Provence. For a morning or an afternoon, stroll through its picturesque alleyways to meet artisans’ shops who will share their love of their craft.
In the heart of the 2nd arrondissement, Le Panier is a true open-air museum, witness its frescoes that invite admiration and its cultural venues (the Maison Diamantée, the Pavillon Daviel, the Hôtel de Cabre, the Vieille Charité…). At aperitif time, you can enjoy a good rosé or a glass of pastis in one of the neighborhood’s small bars. In the evening, sit down at one of the traditional restaurants for a Marseille speciality such as the traditional bouillabaisse. In summer, different animations are offered in the evening by associations, creating a nightlife where festivity, music and good humor are essential.