• Italian Food

    La Bonne Mère

    Italian, Pizza - € - 1.9 km from Mama

    We love this kind of success story! Maheva Angelmann and Jérémy Piazza set themselves up in this old bar in the shadow of Notre Dame de la Garde in 2015 and have already made it one of Marseille’s most popular venues.
    16 rue Fort-du-Sanctuaire, 13006 Marseille - +33 (0)4 91 58 22 05

    The pizzas here are given names like Fanny, Marius or Bonne Mère and are enjoyed in a small room filled with old photographs that pay tribute to the Vieux Port and La Cannebière.

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    Mediterranean Style

    La Cantinetta

    Italian, Mediterranean - €€-€€€ - 1 km from Mama

    Featuring one of the city's coolest terraces, this simple trattoria is where foodies meet to enjoy ultra-fresh transalpine cuisine.
    24 Cours Julien, 13006 Marseille - +33 (0)4 91 48 10 48

    The grilled vegetables are enhanced with wonderfully creamy burrata from Puglia, the risotto is moreish and the fish, fresh from the market, impeccably grilled. Desserts here are an absolute must – try the sumptuous Piedmontese ice cream with hazelnuts or the legendary French toast prepared with airy panettone.

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    French Food

    La Mercerie

    French, Mediterranean - €€-€€€ - 1.1 km from Mama

    After delighting the world with their pop-up restaurants in New York, Kyoto and Barcelona, English chef Harry Cummins, sommelier Laura Vidal and manager Julia Mitton (both Canadians), have recently set up their pots and pans in a former haberdashery shop on Cours Saint-Louis.
    9 cours Saint Louis, 13001 Marseille - +33 (0)4 91 06 18 44

    Nearly everything here is sourced in the neighborhood, meaning that you’ll be treated to some real foodie highlights.

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    Coffee Lover

    Deep Coffee Roaster

    Coffee - € - 1.4 km from Mama

    This coffee shop, which opened last April a stone's throw from the Vieux-Port, is the first in the city to offer specialty coffees.
    15 rue Glandeves, 13001 Marseille - +33 (0)9 72 65 80 24

    Headed up by Tom Balerin – voted France’s best barista in 2019 and an unparalleled roaster – the team treats fans of African and Latin American beans to real finds, like El Bosque from Argentina, with its delicate floral and honey notes, or Yirgacheffe from Ethiopia, with peach, plum and jasmine flavors. To sample them, choose a cappuccino, macchiato, filter coffee, coffee cocktail or the famous Cold Brew – infused for 20 hours – and head for the terrace or charming interior with its beautiful decor and soul music. And there are vegetarian and gluten-free pastries too…

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    French, Vegetarian - €€-€€€ - 1.1 km from Mama

    This deli-cum-wine cellar-cum-eatery is already a Marseille institution. The brainchild of Julia Sammut (daughter of Michelin-starred chef Reine Sammut of Lourmarin’s Auberge Fenière), L’Idéal is an ode to the Mediterranean whose colors, scents and flavors are a guiding theme.
    11 rue d’Aubagne, 13001 Marseille - +33 (0)9 80 39 99 41

    Delicacies include Kalamata and Maussane olives, lemonade made from Portofino organic lemons, durum wheat semolina pasta from southern Italy, Menton lemons, homemade jams from Sospel and Brousse du Rove goat’s cheese from a small herd free to roam just outside Marseille. This gourmet selection is available to take away or enjoy on the premises. Among its growing band of regulars is Harry Cummins of La Mercerie who, like Julia, is one of a group of epicureans determined to revive Marseille’s gastronomy.

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  • Must See

    The MuCEM

    A living tribute to the sea - 2.8 km from Mama

    It was designed to explore the civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean, but this museum's greatest treasure is actually its architecture. Enclosed in its concrete net, this extraordinary black cube appears - as if miraculously - to have been set down on the sea.
    Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, 1 Esplanade J4, 13002 Marseille - +33 (0)4 84 35 13 13

    This feeling increases as the visit continues, revealing ropes and passageways ready to be engulfed by the waves. Mucem is architect Rudy Ricciotti’s greatest work and a must-see by both day and night, when a new incarnation appears thanks to the thousands of LEDs installed by artist Yann de Kersalé. Extend your visit by discovering one of the city’s best eateries founded by Gérald Passedat, the famous chef at Petit-Nice, who’s set up his second gastronomic venue here.

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    Architecture Lover

    Cité Radieuse

    Bijou architecture - 3.7 km from Mama

    For many, this post-war Brutalist housing block, designed by architect Le Corbusier, represents the soul of Marseille and the symbol of utopia. Although visiting it is now a little complicated (by prior arrangement only, as most homes are inhabited and therefore off-limits), discovering the building’s roof terrace remains a Marseille highlight.
    Centre d’Art de la Cité Radieuse, 280 Boulevard Michelet, 13008 Marseille - marseille.info@mamo.fr

    It reveals a breathtaking view of the city and is also home to Mamo, a contemporary art center conceived in 2014 by designer Ora Ito. The space has already hosted some of the greatest names in the art world, including: Xavier Veilhan, Daniel Buren, Felice Varini and, this year, the Californian artist Alex Israel.

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    Concept-store – 1 km from Mama

    This former butcher's shop converted into a concept store really is a local design mecca and a self-appointed talent incubator: fashion, art, photography, architecture, gastronomy collide here.
    103 rue Paradis, 13006 Marseille - +33 (0)4 91 81 44 94

    Discover its monumental plaster sculptures, the charm of its gardens and its walls covered with period photos.

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    Watch & Eat

    La Baleine

    Ciné-bistro – 700 m from Mama

    In the era of the digital revolution, we can only applaud the recent opening of this experimental art house cinema-bistro, a place to exchange and share ideas.
    59 Cours julien, 13006 Marseille - +33 (0)4 13 25 17 17

    Settle down in the cozy room (featuring just 90 seats) to discover the latest offering from Almodovar, short films or retrospectives from the 70s or 80s, as well as participate in conferences and meet directors. After the screening, you can extend your visit by moving on to the restaurant, which is open for lunch and dinner.

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    Art is everything

    Bea-Ba Gallery

    Contemporary art – 2 km from Mama

    This new art gallery is a welcome addition to a vibrant city. Opened in 2014 by Béatrice Le Tirilly (collector) and Barbara Satre (art historian and critic), Béa-Ba is committed to promoting contemporary works by presenting a perfect mix of emerging artists and recognized talents such as Bernard Pages or Claude Viallat.
    122 rue Sainte, 13007 Marseille - +33 (0)9 67 25 68 89

    What’s more, the curators are also forging several fruitful collaborations between visual artists.

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  • Place to be

    Catalan Beach

    The most popular – 3 km from Mama

    Marseille is a beach town first and foremost, like Lisbon, Tel Aviv and Rio. To enjoy this (rare) privilege, you really must discover the beaches at the heart of the city, especially Catalans, close to the Vieux Port.
    Hôtel-restaurant les Bords de Mer, 52 Corniche Président John Fitzgeral Kennedy, 13007 Marseille - +33 (0)4 13 94 34 00

    It does get overcrowded in summer but nevertheless, it also has a more secluded area above the chic Bords de Mer hotel. Here, a little nook with deckchairs and a small snack bar has recently been set up. Still a well-kept secret.

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    Paradise on earth

    Sormiou Calanque

    A taste of paradise - 7.8 km from Mama

    If there’s one thing Marseille folk can’t agree on, it’s their choice of preferred calanque (hidden coastal inlets).
    Nautic Bar - +33 (0)4 01 40 06 37

    Our favorite is Sormiou: an indented cliff revealing a succession of azure coves, dazzling white limestone, umbrella pines and garrigue, where a steep path tumbles down to the crystal-clear waters. Access is normally forbidden, but we have the answer: make a reservation at the Nautic-bar opposite the port giving your car registration number to access the car park.

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  • Families only


    Family store - 2.7 km from Mama

    Let's talk design with this store, you won't be disappointed.
    9 Rue Châteaubriand, 13007 Marseille - +33 (0)4 91 31 29 47

    Two friends have just opened this 250 m2 family-store in the Catalans district, with an exclusive selection of furniture and chic accessories to discover.

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    L'herboristerie du Père Blaize

    Since 1815 - 1.1 km from Mama

    When in doubt, go back to your roots with this herbalist store.
    4 Rue Meolan et du Père Blaize, 13001 Marseille - +33 (0)4 91 54 04 01

    This is the oldest herbalist store in France; those in the know come here to seek out restorative medicinal herbs.

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    Four des Navettes

    A family business - 2.1 km from Mama

    A must try, you can't go to Marseille without tasting a "Navette".
    136 Rue Sainte, 13007 Marseille - +33 (0)4 91 33 32 12

    An institution. As soon as you enter this popular bakery, your nostrils twitch at the smell of orange blossom and warm pastries…

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    Historic Spot

    Maison Empereur

    Oldest hardware store in France - 1.2 km from Mama

    If you want the Made In France label, go to Maison Empereur.
    4 Rue des Récolettes, 13001 Marseille - +33 (0)4 91 54 02 29

    A mythical hardware store with an extraordinary collection of kitchen utensils and objects of all kinds.

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