An aperitif in Marseille
The aperitif is above all a moment of sharing which takes place around a drink, often some Pastis (that we call “fly” here) or a glass of rosé. Around a drink which can of course be a non-alcoholic, are offered small olives, pistachios, and peanuts (sometimes called “caouettes” in Marseille). The aperitif is an entire lifestyle. The particularity of the aperitif in Marseille is that it can last hours, the locals especially like making the good moments last! “plus c’est long, plus c’est bon” “the longer it goes on, the better it is”.
It makes life easier, allows you to forget your worries of everyday life, and promotes social ties and community life. From the youngest to the oldest, everyone has a particular pleasure in having an aperitif with their colleagues*.
Where and when to have an aperitif in Marseille?
There is no particular day to take an aperitif, which is a real institution in Marseille. The aperitif can take place in the evening after work, on Sunday lunchtime or during the holidays. The aperitif can be taken alone, with your family, colleagues*, with your wife or husband, between neighbors… in Marseille, there are many bars (sometimes only open in the summertime) to drink the aperitif, but a lot of locals like to enjoy this tradition in front of the sunset at the seaside. Hand in hand, eyes glued to the sea, it is much more romantic!