Gourmet stop in Marseille’s old port

Cours d’Estienne-d’Orves, a major pedestrian street in Marseille’s hypercentre, had lost some of its luster over the years, connoisseurs preferring to visit the bars and restaurants of the nearby rue Sainte, which goes up to the Abbey of Saint -Victor. But three “children” The Marseilles, as they call themselves, had the idea of ​​gourmet halls where the taste buds tingle, instead of the old Buffalo Grill, which was empty for six years. “Marseille had no covered market, except perhaps Arnavaux, kind of local Rungis, emphasizes Julien Fabre. For our ideal halls, we called on artisans we love, and we put together an offer with delicacies from all over the Mediterranean. »

Over 2,000 square meters, twelve stalls have offered catering at the counter or on the large outdoor terrace since this summer. Decorator Olympe Zographos, inspired by the traditional pestle of Mediterranean cuisine, decorated the place with Sardinian stone and olive or oak woodwork. In the morning you can sip an espresso at the Central Bar, then have lunch with hummus, tabbouleh or a plate of shawarma at La Vallée du Liban, which also operates on the Corniche Kennedy. La Serre, a gourmet vegetarian, uses focaccias, sun-dried tomato pesto, ricotta with basil… The pizzeria 500 Degrés is very successful with its huge faceted oven made in Naples. Les Grandes Halles also offers tapas, grill, Italian trattoria, wine bar… “We even have a scalerwelcomes the entrepreneur. He opens oysters from the Camargue or Etang de Thau. You can also order sea urchin or razor clams. »

And if the flavors of the Grandes Halles make you want to cook at home, just cross rue Euthymènes, which overlooks the old port, to enter the market. “In this former rope factory with stone walls and frames from the 17th centurye century we welcome excellent producers: Coquillettes & Fusilli for fresh pasta, the Corsican merchant Ribella or Raphael Chiappero, until then a butcher in Aix-en-Provence. These young traders have a love for the industry. » To eat well in Marseille, just head towards the old port.

Grandes Halles du Vieux-Port is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to midnight (Fridays and Saturdays until 2:00 a.m.). The market is open from Tuesday morning to Sunday afternoon, from 9:30 to 14:00 and from 16:30 to 20:30 30A, cours Honoré-d’Estienne-d’Orves, Marseille 1eh.

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