A Catalog of Europe's Highlights - June 2017 - 45
A bustling port since ancient Roman times, France's second-largest city shines with
a revitalized shopping scene and multicultural sensibility. New museums and
restored townhouses have been gaining attention since its 2013 turn as a European
Capital of Culture, and artsy districts reveal traditional ateliers and fresh designers.
8 am Wake up with orangescented navette biscuits,
baked according to a secret recipe at
Four des Navettes (136 Rue Sainte)
since 1781. Of course, the boulangerie has croissants too.
9 am Take a short stroll to
Basilique Notre-Dame de
la Garde (Rue Fort du Sanctuaire).
"She is a must-stop - I cannot
imagine going to Marseille without
paying her a visit," says Virtuoso
travel advisor Geraldine Hasting,
who was born and raised in France.
The neo-Byzantine landmark is said
to watch over fishermen, sailors, and
the city at large.
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11 am Explore the graffitibrightened streets of Le
Cours Julien, a square that serves
as a living outdoor gallery, flanked
by cool boutiques and cafés. Stop at
Le Wishes (16 Rue Pastoret) for
women's wear reflecting the "bo-bo"
1 pm Head to the hilly district
of Le Panier for lunch at
homey Au Coeur du Panier (18 Rue
du Panier); consult the chalkboard
menu for specials such as burrata
salad or a rich burger with foie gras.
Before or after, treat yourself to a
local beer at Bière de la Plaine
(16 Rue Saint-Pierre), the city's
4 pm Near the Vieux Port (Old
Port), find shopping streets
lined with international labels and
carefully curated local boutiques.
Visit Marianne Cat (53 Rue Grignan)
in a statuesque townhouse near the
Opéra de Marseille; the veteran
designer sources goods from
up-and-coming local creators.
Indulge in shoes at Marseille's
capital of luxury footwear, Richelieu
Chausseur (43 Rue Saint-Ferréol).
Clockwise from top: Delectably buttery croissants,
bouillabaisse, the Port
Vieux Pavilion, and a cozy
7 pm Hop over to the tidy port
of Vallon des Auffes to catch
the sunset and a bowl of traditional
bouillabaisse at Chez Fonfon
(140 Rue du Vallon des Auffes),
made with six types of local fish
and bright with saffron.