Le Panier

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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.

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