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Feb 3, 2013 03:11 AM

Marseille late February

We will be staying 3 nights in Marseille before flying home, after having spent 5 weeks in The Luberon.

We arrive early afternoon on a Sunday and fly out on Wednesday at noon.
We love fish and seafood and will want to have Bouillabaisse and Bourride for one meal.

I know that winter and Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays can be a tricky mix.

We would welcome suggestions for places to have lunch and dinner. We are staying at The Grand Tonic and will not have a car. We prefer local places, not necessarily touristy one and if we had to pick, food over ambience would always be our style. We can do a bigger lunch and smaller dinner or vice versa.


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  1. Chez Etienne (43 rue de Lorette) for Provençal pizza. No reservations; closed SUN.
    Café des Epices (4 rue Lacydon); closed SUN/MON.
    Chez Michel (6 rue des Catalans) for bouillabaisse; open every day according to their website.
    If you're a fan of "Love Actually", be sure to stop for a drink at the Bar de la Marine (15 Quai Rive Neuve), to see where Jamie proposed to Aurélia. (It's also the setting for a Pagnol film or two.)

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    1. I live in the south of France but don't know Marseille very well, my husband organized my birthday this January and for my birthday lunch we ate bouillabaisse at Le Rhul. I've had it before (including at Le Bacon in Antibes) and I have to say this stuff was the best I've ever had. Not cheap but excellent! Also the resto is very nice and the view quite lovely, and you can get there by municipal bus, even on a Sunday (which is what we did).

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        1. I agree about Fonfon (which I really prefer to Chez Michel) but they are closed SUN/MON off season...Friends of ours prefer Chez Michel, so I thought to suggest it as an option for SUN/MON. Those days are tough, certainly without a car.

        2. Thank you all for your suggestions. We will be there in 10 days and will take your suggestions with us.

          I made reservations for lunch on Sunday at Une Table au Sud and then we can have a light meal for supper.

          1. If you like crustaceans, you have to pass an afternoon at Chez Toinou. The platters of fruits de mer are incredible and well-priced.

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            1. re: murray6789

              Oh yes! I am thinking not enough days in Marseille !