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Marseille Trip Report (spelt correctly)

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Londonlinda May 2, 2013 09:35 AM

I hope the moderator can remove the mis-spelt one!

Hi Chowhounders, having browsed the boards before our recent trip to Marseille, thought I'd report back. Stayed for a week, had a great time, lovely city, and exciting this year with it being the City of Culture.

Staying a week in what is effectively out of season (end April) had one consequence - many of the recommended restaurants don't open Sunday-Tuesday, and in at least one case, Wednesday, evenings. Having a big meal for lunch gets in the way of hiking, biking, sightseeing so several of the places we wanted to go were not an option.

However, with that small negative, here are the positives:
La Caravelle - great breakfast, especially of you can snag one of the tables overlooking the harbour.
La Passarelle - seasonal food, menu devised based on what's good in the market (or their garden), and written out in an exercise book, and all delicious. My salad of stuffed courgette flowers and shaved root vegetables was wonderful. Very reasonably priced too. If we had a restaurant like this 5 minutes walk from home, I'd be there all the time.
Ambassade de Bretagne - yes, it may seem strange going to a Breton restaurant in the south of France, but this is a very good one, and open on Sunday evenings. Also, creperies have not yet got to London so it's good to get our fix. The pudding/dessert of a small piece of kouign amman (possibly my favourite thing ever!) and ice cream with coffee was just perfect.
Nul Part Allieurs - overlooking the front, nice pizzas, desserts and charming service
Sylvain Depuichaffray - one of those patisseries you want to wrap up and take home. Lovely croissants, sandwiches for picnics, and on our last day, we shared an exquisite millefeuille.

So these were the highlights. If you are going to Marseille, enjoy!

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    INDIANRIVERFL May 2, 2013 12:18 PM

    You should be ashamed of yourself. Nobody goes touring this time of year. Which is why May and October are my favorite months in Europe.

    Thanks for the report.

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    1. re: INDIANRIVERFL
      ChefJune May 2, 2013 12:22 PM

      Personally I prefer to travel during the "off-season." Generally lower prices and less crowds.

      Thanks, Linda for your lovely report. That bakery sounds SO good.

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