Sample the Mediterranean flavours of Marseille’s food and drink
CHEESE L’art de la Fromagerie
20 Rue Saint-michel 13006 Marseille Tel: (Fr) 4 91 48 45 14 lartdelafromagerie.com In operation since 1952, this venerable cheese specialist sells more than 250 artisan varieties sourced directly from producers. Recently refurbished, the little shop also offers seasonal cheeseboards and hosts tasting evenings.
PASTRIES Four des Navettes
136 Rue Sainte 13007 Marseille Tel: (Fr) 4 91 33 32 12 fourdesnavettes.com A stone’s throw from the Abbaye Saint-victor lies Marseille’s oldest bakery, which opened in 1781. Its ancient oven is used to bake the city’s speciality: the boat-shaped navette biscuit, perfumed with orange blossom.
PASTIS La Maison du Pastis
108 Quai du Port 13002 Marseille Tel: (Fr) 4 91 90 86 77 www.lamaisondupastis.com This port-side shop stocks both well-known and artisan brands of Provence’s aniseed aperitif, as well as the deliriously alcoholic absinthe. Staff offer tastings and explanations of the subtle differences between each blend.
WINE Le Coq Gourmand
39 Rue Fort Notre-dame 13001 Marseille Tel: (Fr) 4 91 33 39 64 cave-a-vin-et-whisky.fr This eclectic wine and whisky merchant stashes its vintages in an astonishing network of cellars dating from Louis XIV’S time that were originally used to store olive oil for Marseille’s soap production. Shelves hold everything from small, organic wine producers to celebrity labels.