Quality Hotel Marseille Vieux Port
16, cours Belsunce
Phone: (33) 4 91190485
Fax: (33) 4 91193980
Just like Paris's renowned Café de Flore, this well-known bar - situated on the corner of the Vieux-Port at the lower end of Rue de la République - has managed to hold onto its old-fashioned charm. And it's easy to see why, with its 1930s-style décor, deliciously light, traditional cuisine, piano bar and fabulous terrace looking out over the boats moored in the harbor making it the perfect rendezvous, no matter what time of day. The bar closes at 8:30p throughout the year, but is open until midnight during the summer months.
This club, with its 600 square metres of pure pleasure, spread over several different floor levels, is aimed mainly at a gay clientele. It is a private club with an absolutely fabulous conception. It is advisable to be presented by someone who is already a member in order to gain entrance. Volume on maximum and wacky lights makes it one of the hottest scenes in town.
An atmosphere of frenzied excitement fills this tiny little bar that looks more like a student's bed-sit with a mezzanine! Lots of people crowd in here to enjoy the festivities and the delightful cocktails. The customers are mainly girls and students, who meet here to organize the rest of their evening's entertainment. Lively atmosphere guaranteed.
This place attracts revelers from all over the city who are seeking a soul mate, as long as they are not of the opposite sex. The explosive party atmosphere attracts a colorful, outspoken clientèle. Expect a warm welcome and a good selection of beers and spirits. The evening shows are not to be missed. Check website for the list of events and exact timings.
The Maxi Club is one of the many nightspots that one finds en route to the Old Port. It is extremely well located, thus frequently visited by nearby students, giving it a decidedly youthful vibe. The music selection varies nightly, ranging from R&B to techno. Cover is 10 euro for students, and free for girls before midnight.
This bar, down on the quayside at the Vieux Port, organizes get-togethers over a few glasses of beer. The proprietors have opted for a cultural "note" and the non-stop activities until 2am include jazz concerts and jam sessions with local musicians who have a tendency towards more classical music. The bar gets rather crowded at the end of the week but the choice of beers is tremendous. A beer costs EUR2.43.
The Café Julien, adjoining the well-known cultural center of the same name, invites bands of varying musical tendencies, from the most basic of reggaes to the heaviest rock. This mish-mash is however the explanation for the venue's undeniable and ever-growing popularity amongst the young crowds of Marseilles. A fun place to kick back and relax in the heart of the city.
La Route du Rhum is a Caribbean restaurant on the Cours Julien plaza. The appetizers are pretty much typical: boudin sausages, samosas--some very good specialties. As for the main course, although the menu mentions specialty dishes they are fairly basic and not too elaborated. But people come here especially for the lengthy list of rum. From Ti punch to Daiquiri to Planters Rum: any rum cocktail is available, and if it's not on the menu, the waitress will be happy to mix it for you. The lunch menu is very interesting, but it is a bit more expensive in the evening. Once a week on Thursdays, Route du Rhum becomes a dance floor where the whole neighborhood comes to get their groove on! - P.Wicki
This brasserie, located at the top of the Canebière, is only open during the day. The menu offers excellent luncheon dishes and the desserts are delicious. A highly professional staff provides rapid service, either in the dining area, or outside on the pleasant terrace. This is truly a nice and affordable establishment in the city center.
Dancing animates the rhythm of these places. When you're overcome by salsa fever, it is good to know where to go. There are concerts once a week, either on Thursdays or Saturdays. It is advisable to phone to know the times of the shows.
In this trendy sector of La Plaine, week ends are reserved for concerts at the Montana Blues. The staff are friendly and the clientele either connoisseurs or regulars who make you feel at home. A great way of finding out more about the true spirit of this part of town.
Enjoy a wild night of partying at the Le Baby club in Marseille. This place has tons of entertainment with wicked DJs and a host of live bands squeezing onto the tiny stage. Young, hip and with a lots of French style, this is one place you don't want to miss in the city. Call ahead to know more.