A classic stop in a classic part of town, it's a must stop during a day of touring.

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La Samaritaine

A café with more than 150 years of history.

You'll easily recognise this institution in Marseille's Vieux Port with its collection of sidewalk tables that almost always seem full to bursting. The locals don't seem to mind that the service is, shall we say, somewhat leisurely, so don't let it faze you, either - just go armed with a spot of patience and enjoy the passing parade while waiting for the waiter. For this is a spot with more than a century and a half of history; the building dates from 1860 and the café from 1910 (it had to be rebuilt after German bombing during World War II). It's got a fairly typical brasserie menu, with a "menu of the day" for 11 euros.

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