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La Rose district

A historically agricultural district, Marseille’s ‘La Rose’ is easily accessible by tram and metro. Find out what’s on and where to go in this district in the north of Marseille.

A district of the 13th arrondissement

To the north of Marseille is the La Rose district, located in the heart of the city’s 13th arrondissement. During research in 1820, ancient brick coffins were discovered, attesting to a human presence in the Gallo-Roman era.

Thanks to the presence of the Jarret stream and several water sources, agriculture was one of the main activities in the district during the 20th century. At the same time, a number of agri-food businesses, including a biscuit factory, a semolina factory and a flour mill, set up in the La Rose district. For many years, La Rose remained primarily an agricultural area, like Les Olivesand La Croix-Rouge, due to its location, with no access to the sea and no means of communication to the outside world.

From the beginning of the 20th century, the electric tramway served the La Rose district, which even became the terminus of the line until 1914, when the network was extended and no longer served the district. In 1978, the district also became the terminus of the La Rose-Castellane metro line. Today, the district has a population of around 14,000.

What to do in Marseille’s La Rose district?

While you’re in the Rose district of Marseille, we invite you to discover the Église Évangélique de la Rose, a cosmopolitan and lively place of worship that welcomes anyone wishing to take part in one of the meetings organised around the Gospel. The church also broadcasts its services live for those who wish to take part.

The 21-kilometre-long Jarret river, which rises in the eastern part of the Étoile massif and flows into the Huveaune river in the Sainte-Marguerite district of Marseille, is located in the heart of the Rose district. Along the Jarret, you can follow a hiking trail that mixes urban and rural areas.

If you want to cool off, you can visit the Frais Vallon municipal swimming pool. This Tournesol-type indoor pool is open all year round. It has a large 25-metre swimming pool with four lanes and a waterslide, ideal for children. It offers swimming lessons for children and adults, as well as aquafitnessclasses.

Where to eat in Marseille’s Rose district?

Les Jardins du Cloître in Marseille

With a view of Notre-Dame de la Garde and the urban farm from the leafy courtyard or the Salle du Cloître, the restaurant Les Jardins du Cloître de Marseille welcomes you on the terrace or inside to savour seasonal dishes carefully prepared by head chef Jérémie Fennetaux, under the supervision of two-starred chef Michel Portos. The cuisine is simple and refined, with fresh, organic and local produce selected from the region’s best suppliers and small local producers. The restaurant has been awarded the Ecotable, Maître Restaurateur and Michelin Guide labels. An address not to be missed in the Rose district!

Address: 20 boulevard Madeleine Rémusat – 13013 Marseille

La Bolognaise

Located in the La Rose district, La Bolognaise serves family-style southern cuisine made with quality produce. Specialising in pizzas, the restaurant plunges you into the flavours of Italy through your plate. For lunch or dinner, a varied range of pizzas with tomato sauce or crème fraîche ( fresh cream) awaits you, all generously prepared by the artisan pizza maker. Your pizza can be delivered, taken away or eaten in. The restaurateur is at your disposal to adapt to your special requests. On request, he can prepare dishes with halal meat.

Address : 31 avenue François Mignet – 13013 Marseille 

Les Terrasses du Métro La Rose

In the heart of the Rose district, Les Terrasses du Métro La Rose serves Mediterranean dishes prepared with fresh produce. This friendly fast-food restaurant welcomes you for a lunch with colleagues or an evening out with family, couples or friends to enjoy specialities from the South of France and the Orient.Vegetarian and halal meals are also available at this Marseille snack bar to satisfy every taste.

Address: 18 boulevard du Métro – 13013 Marseille