Guns & Butter: Marseille Travel Guide


TPOL’s Guns & Butter Travel Guide is the best way to see as much as you can in as little time as possible. Here’s how it works: A trip is composed of two factors: Labor And Lazy. The opportunity cost (what is given up) for relaxing and being Lazy is gained by being adventurous in the form of Labor and vice versa. The guide includes inefficient activities i.e., tourist traps that should be avoided and aspirational activities that are worth doing but may be impossible to see given the constraints of time and resources.

The Marseille France Travel Guide is part of the Round the Atlantic Trip Report.

Bienvenue a Marseille, a city overlooked by many. After a short stay in Paris, I came here to celebrate my all important 35th birthday. There was plenty to do and with only two nights, not enough to do it.

What Not To Do

Unless you like to spend money to feel good about yourself, do not go to fancy restaurants for bouillabaisse.

Peron Restaurant (see below)

What I Wanted to Do

I do not do research before I go on trips. I go and hope that the improv gods are smiling upon me. If I had more time, I would’ve visited Cassis, a picturesque town that produces lovely white wine.


There are plenty of food options in Marseille ranging from street to chique. For the latter, go to Peron for the aforementioned bouillabaisse. For street, head to the neighborhood situated around 22 Cours Belsunce for pizza and kebab.

Cassis wine


What’s a trip without a drink? There are countless bars along Vieux Port. My favorite is the Queen Victoria which had many Leffe beers on draft, among other notables.

If champagne and cigars are more to your liking, consider spending an afternoon on the IC Marseille’s terrace. 


Travel and sport go hand in hand like TPOL and [insert word]. I went to the Orange Vélodrome football stadium to see Olympique de Marseille take on SC Bastia. It’s a beautiful stadium and the atmosphere is electrifying. 


Fancy a haircut in Marseille? TPOL has you covered. Along the way to my favorite barber, I explored Vieux Port and even took a ride on the ferris wheel. No tour guide is necessary for a casual stroll around Marseille.


Looking to burn your IHG points at a beautiful 18th century creation? Stay at the IC MarseilleOverall 

Marseille is not a top tourist attraction like Paris. It’s a bit grimy, has some dodgy areas, and is not as uptight as the rest of France. That’s why I enjoyed it. If you’re a cool dude like me, you will too.


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