Our adresses for a beachside aperetif in Marseille

An integral part of Marseille’s customs and traditions, the aperitif is a convivial moment of exchange, good humour and tasting. It is a real moment of sharing that takes place around an alcoholic drink – such as Pastis or a glass of rosé – or a non-alcoholic cocktail. There are many places in the city of Marseille that are perfect for a beachside aperitif. Classified from the north to the south of the city, these places allow you to simply have an aperitif or to taste good food during lunch or dinner, while enjoying a marvellous view of the Grande Bleue.




The Noctilio , the bar by the sea at Fort Saint-Jean

An original place to enjoy an aperitif by the beach, the Noctilio is a baltic trader built in 1930 which moored at the foot of Fort Saint Jean in Marseille. The largest sailing ship in the Old Port, it offers a dockside bar and a quality catering between april and october. It  offers  a breathtaking panoramic view of la ‘Bonne mère’, le Pharo and all the boats entering and leaving the port. Weather permitting, the boat unfurls its sails for  a private cruise to  the Frioul islands where you can enjoy a  swim in a secluded cove before sitting down to enjoy refined, generous cuisine based on seafood.


‘Le Petit Pavillon’, on the Corniche Kennedy

Located by the seaside in the  7th district, le Petit Pavillon is ideally located to  enjoy landscape and a direct view on the  sea. It offers a  relaxing moment at  any  time of the  day with your feet in the  water. Relax on a deckchair and sip  a drink, enjoy a Mediterranean dish or  an ice  cream. As  weel as  being a bar restaurant, le petit  pavillon also  organised themed evenings throughout the  summer in a separate part of the  establishment.

Festive and gourmet  aperetif in Escale  Borely

Just in front of Borely beach, close to the  hypodrome is a multifunctional complex including  bars and restaurants ,ice cream shops and stores but  also private  beaches and seasonal activities (bicycle, roller, windsurfing) Among all these must see places to enjoy an aperetif  by the seaside, you will be  able to  find (since the Escale borely’screation) emblamatic establishments such as  : SportBeach, l’Equinoxe, the Greenwich or  Indigo Café. Since then, many  establishments  have  opened.

All of them offer a varied drinks and  cocktails menu to satisfy all desires at  apero time. Depending on the bar  you  choose, you  will be  able to  relax with a  seasise view or  a festive athmosphere with music throughout the  evening.


Huts and restaurants

Along the pointe rouge in  Marseille, you will be able to find many bars to have a drink on terasses or to eat a culinary speciality of the phocean city.You will be spoilt for choice while enjoying an exceptional view of the mediterranean.

 Paulette’s hut, in the cove des Sablettes

To have an apero by the seaside, feet in the  water, a simply way, ‘ le cabanon de Paulette’ is the ideal place, with a bit  of music, you cannot  only  share tapas with your friends or family but also have  an  original  dish with fresh product. The establishment is located on  the  abri-cotier beach, between the  ‘Bain des Dames et l’Anse des Sablettes.’

‘Le 20 000 lieues’, at the  entrance  of les Goudes

In front  of  an  idyllic  place, the 20 000 lieues –  a bar restaurant on Jules Verne’s theme is made up of panoramic terasse where the  guests can  drink a draught, a  cocktail or  a glass of  wine. In this typical  pub with its wooden  windows and interior, there is something  for everyone! For those who wants to admire the  sunset, the  catering is continuous and  mixes pizzas , salads and others  traditionnal dishes.