If you are staying at the Intercontinental Hotel Dieu, it will be particularly easy to access Le Panier, the oldest district in the city.
Dating back to the 17th century, it’s set back a short distance from the Vieux Port. Wander its quiet, narrow streets and floral squares, up shaded steps and past greenshuttered houses, and you will stumble across all manner of curiosities.
Having gone through a process of gentrification over the past quarter of a century, the neighborhood is now home to rustic cafés with pavement seating, artisan workshops and ateliers selling trendy antiques, handmade ceramics and Marseille’s La Cagole beer.
You may also spot some unusual street art – from papier-mâché sculptures on Rue de Petit Puits, to peeling walls plastered with the pages of 1940s magazines.