Under $100: Marseille

by Bridey Heing

Feb 10, 2015

Sunset on Fort St. Jean, Marseille, France © Olezzo | Dreamstime

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Le Charite in Marseille, France © Kemaltaner | Dreamstime 43771932

Le Charite in Marseille, France © Kemaltaner | Dreamstime

Start your day with a caffeine fix and some delicious pastries at La Fournée d’Inès with coffee and a croissant. Budget €10 ($15) for breakfast. Hop on theMetro at nearby Cinq Avenue Longchamp, where it’s worth it to pick up a one-day pass for €5 ($7.50). Take the train to the Colbert stop, and get ready to marvel.

 

Spend the morning walking through the historic and beautiful Panier neighborhood, the oldest part of the city. With tight streets that wind up the hill and views of the port below, you’ll have plenty to take in just walking around. Many streets are closed to cars after 11:30 a.m., so feel free to gawk without fear of impatient drivers.

 

Ready for lunch? Head to , located near the port. Although it’s a simple place, it has a gorgeous terrace and prices that won’t leave you hurting. Grab a sandwich or some pasta, and budget around €15 ($22).

 

Street art on Rue Sainte, Marseille, France © Sweetsofa | Flickr

Street art on Rue Sainte, Marseille, France © Sweetsofa | Flickr

Marseille offers plenty of fun regardless of how you’d prefer spending your afternoon. Looking to shop? Head to Rue Sainte or cours Julien for some local boutiques and souvenirs. Rather get in a bit of history? Musée des Docks romains or Musée d’Archéologie méditerranéenne will give you plenty to think about. Museum admission is around €5 ($7.50).

 

For a free afternoon, make the hike from Le Charité Café to one of the many beaches that make Marseilles such a perfect place to relax.

 

When dinner starts calling your name, head to Toinou Les Fruits de Mer, where you can get some of the best (and most reasonably priced) seafood in the city. This self-serve restaurant is perfect if you’d like to dig into a main dish or split a sampler with friends. Budget €25 ($37).

 

With your remaining euro, grab a drink! Marseille has a wide range of amazing bars, where €2 will get you a glass of wine or €1.50 a glass of pernod.

 

 

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