How to spend 24 hours in Marseille, France

Marseille was somewhere that was never really on my list and only really came to my attention because it's about an hour from my friend Elodie's hometown. We flew into there for the day before making our way down to the coast to where she lives. Now I've been? I absolutely loved it and would love to venture back to explore some more. We managed to squeeze a lot into our 24 hours there and here is how you can too.

10am: If you catch the early morning flight from London Stansted you'll land in the city just before ten. Catch the airport bus into the centre, jump off at the train station and make your way towards the beautiful old town - La Panier.

11am: Take your time getting lost down the windy, cobbled streets and browsing the many unique and independent shops to buy some souvenirs to take home. I'd recommend a quick pitstop to La Grande Savonnerie, home of the city's famous soap Savon de Marseille, and UndARTground, a cool concept shop where I treated myself to a cool wall print as seen on my Instagram.  Make sure you make a quick detour to the gorgeous Centre de la Vielle Charité. Once a charity shelter, this beautiful neo-classical building with pretty olive trees is the perfect place for a wander and take shelter from the sun.

1pm: You'll want to take full advantage of those harbour views so make sure you book a meal at La Poulpe in advance. We went for their great value lunchtime deal of a starter, main, dessert, glass of wine and cup of coffee for 28 euros. I enjoyed perfectly cooked squid to start, meatballs on a bed of wild rice smothered in a tomato sauce for my main and a banana and chocolate hybrid cake for dessert. Washed down with a generous glass of rosé, it was a great meal to kickstart my French adventure. After lunch head to Glacier Vanille Noir to try the infamous black ice-cream made from squid ink. No need to screw your nose up as it tastes just like vanilla ice cream. What's a holiday if you don't have two desserts eh?

2.30pm: After that big lunch you'll want to walk it off. So take a stroll along the beautiful harbour in Vieux Port and laugh at the mad selfies you can take in the Pavilion, a huge mirror. Once you begin to get bored, prepare yourself for a trek up a hill to the MuCEM, a cool building that looks like it's made from lace. Here you'll have a cracking view of the city, enjoy a quick drink pitstop in the cafe before continuing your sightseeing.

4.30pm: For somewhere a little different, take a stroll through the French African quarter of Noailles. An Aladdin's cave of interesting shops selling beautiful African-inspired crockery, on-trend straw baskets for a fraction of the price of those in high street shops, delicious looking food and various knick knacks you didn't think you needed until you spot them. It's full of hustle and bustle making a great alternative view to the city.

8pm: Now it's time to grab dinner. Au Bout Du Quai is a cool, instagrammable place that wouldn't look out of place in Miami. I adored the vibe, the staff were friendly and accommodating and the food was absolutely delicious. Once again you'll be rewarded with views of the harbour. I fully recommend the local clam spaghetti. The pasta was cooked perfectly and the clams tasted so fresh and delicious. I didn't want the dish to end!

10pm: We never got the chance to take advantage as we had to catch the last train home to the coast but make sure you take advantage of the cool cocktail bars for a few drinks before retiring to your hotel room or apartment.

Bon voyage!

Some pictures taken from Michelle as my camera ran out of battery half way through the day!


  1. Marseille looks so beautiful! Like you, I've never really considered it as a travel destination before, but I definitely am not - all the food looks so tasty and the harbour so pretty. x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  2. I love Marseille. There are so many squares full of laid-back cafés, and warrens of interesting shopping streets. The food is great--the home of bouillabaisse!

  3. Waaaah take me back! xxxx

  4. Looks like a beautiful place to visit and practically on our doorstep.


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