Where to stay in Marseille


Marseille, the vibrant port city on the Mediterranean coast of France, is renowned for its rich history, multicultural vibe, and stunning seaside scenery. As the second-largest city in France and the heart of the Provence region, it is a tapestry of colorful neighborhoods each offering a unique experience to visitors. From the narrow, bustling streets of the old Vieux Port to the serene heights of Notre-Dame de la Garde, Marseille is a city of contrasts. Deciding where to stay can greatly shape your experience, as each quartier boasts its own character and charm. Whether you're looking for nightlife, culture, or just a quiet place to soak in the local life, our guide delves into the diverse pockets of the city to help you find the perfect base for your Marseille adventure.

  • 7th Arrondissement

    • ๐Ÿฅ‚ upscale
    • ๐ŸŒ… scenic
    • ๐Ÿง˜ quiet
    • beaches

    The 7th Arrondissement is upscale and picturesque, featuring stunning coastlines, including beaches near the Prado. It's perfect for travelers seeking a more refined stay with opportunities to enjoy the sea. The area is generally quiet and safe but comes at a higher cost due to its desirability and amenities. Views of the Mediterranean Sea from this area are often unmatched.

    Endoume is located within 7th Arrondissement.
  • Endoume

    • ๐Ÿ˜๏ธ residential
    • ๐ŸŒ… scenic
    • ๐Ÿง˜ quiet
    • authentic
    • local

    Endoume is a residential district in Marseille known for its charming atmosphere and proximity to the sea. With its quaint streets and local shops, it offers a more authentic Marseillais experience. Here, you can find traditional bouillabaisse restaurants and small boutiques. Endoume is ideal for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of touristy areas while still enjoying easy access to nearby attractions such as the Vallon des Auffes, a picturesque fishing port. However, the tranquility comes with less nightlife and fewer hotel options. Some parts of Endoume face issues with cleanliness and could feel less secure at night, which is worth considering when planning where to stay.

    Endoume is a part of 7th Arrondissement.
  • 1st Arrondissement

    • ๐Ÿ“ธ touristy
    • ๐Ÿ™๏ธ central
    • ๐Ÿ›๏ธ shopping
    • ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ dining

    The 1st Arrondissement of Marseille is vibrant and central, home to the iconic Old Port and a plethora of dining and shopping options. While it offers a convenient base for exploration, it's also known for being noisy and tourist-heavy. Security is generally good but varies by street, and the bustling nature means it won't be the quietest choice.

    Opรฉra is located within 1st Arrondissement.
  • Opรฉra

    • ๐ŸŽญ culture
    • ๐Ÿ•บ lively
    • ๐Ÿ›๏ธ shopping
    • ๐Ÿฅ‚ upscale
    • ๐Ÿท nightlife

    Opรฉra is the pulsing heart of Marseille's cultural scene, boasting grandiose architecture and hosting numerous performances. Close to the port, it's an excellent choice for those seeking urban excitement, though it can get crowded. Nighttime entertainment abounds, but this can come with a measure of noise that some travelers might find disruptive. Opรฉra's central location makes it ideal for those eager to explore the city's core on foot.

    Opรฉra is a part of 1st Arrondissement.
  • 6th Arrondissement

    • ๐Ÿฅ‚ upscale
    • ๐Ÿ›๏ธ shopping
    • ๐Ÿ food
    • ๐Ÿ’… trendy

    The 6th Arrondissement combines chic boutiques, charming cafes, and elegant avenues. This area is one of Marseille's more affluent, offering comfortable and stylish accommodation options. It serves as a great base for exploring the city, with easy access to major sites. It's generally safe, though at night, like in many city areas, it's wise to stay aware of your surroundings.

  • Notre-Dame du Mont

    • ๐Ÿ•ถ๏ธ hipster
    • ๐Ÿท nightlife
    • ๐ŸŽจ bohemian
    • music

    Notre-Dame du Mont is known for its bohemian ambiance and is popular with younger crowds. The area features trendy bars and is a good choice for those looking to socialize. While it offers a lively street atmosphere, some may find it a bit too bustling late at night. The area is also well-known for street art and interesting boutiques.

  • La Joliette

    • ๐Ÿ™๏ธ modern
    • ๐Ÿ’ผ business
    • ๐Ÿ›๏ธ shopping
    • ๐Ÿบ museums

    La Joliette is an area undergoing transformation, evolving from a historic port district to a modern, business and cultural hub with new museums and shopping centers like Les Terrasses du Port. It's a blend of old and new, with gentrification bringing both positive changes and a loss of some authentic charm. The neighborhood can be less atmospheric at night once workers head home.

    La Joliette is a part of 2nd Arrondissement.
  • 2nd Arrondissement

    • ๐Ÿ›๏ธ historic
    • ๐ŸŽญ cultural
    • ๐Ÿ’ƒ vibrant
    • mixed

    The 2nd Arrondissement is a dynamic mix of the new and old, with the historic Panier district offering quaint streets and artisanal shops. The new Euromรฉditerranรฉe area presents a sharp contrast with contemporary architecture and businesses. Tourists should be aware that some parts of the district still feel gritty, and caution is advised at night despite ongoing revitalization efforts.

    La Joliette is located within 2nd Arrondissement.
  • Les Cinq-Avenues

    • ๐Ÿ˜๏ธ residential
    • ๐Ÿง˜ quiet
    • ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ family-friendly
    • local

    Les Cinq-Avenues is a residential district that offers a peaceful retreat from the bustling city center, featuring ample green spaces such as the Longchamp Park. This neighborhood is ideal for families or those looking for a calm and authentic Marseille experience. It can, however, feel somewhat removed from the main attractions if you're looking to be in the heart of the action.

    Les Cinq-Avenues is a part of 4th Arrondissement.
  • 5th Arrondissement

    • local
    • ๐Ÿ˜๏ธ residential
    • ๐Ÿง˜ quiet

    The 5th Arrondissement is a mostly residential area with a relaxed pace. Itโ€™s home to several hospitals and medical schools, which means it's frequented by students and healthcare professionals. This neighborhood offers fewer attractions for tourists but is a good choice for visitors seeking a quiet stay with a sense of day-to-day life in Marseille.

  • 4th Arrondissement

    • ๐Ÿ˜๏ธ residential
    • local
    • ๐Ÿง˜ quiet
    • non-touristy

    The 4th Arrondissement is a residential area that offers a subdued Marseille experience. It is not a typical tourist destination, ensuring a quiet atmosphere, but also means that attractions and nightlife are further away. The area is great for those seeking a restful stay and interested in exploring daily local life in the city's markets and small shops.

    Les Cinq-Avenues is located within 4th Arrondissement.
  • 3rd Arrondissement

    • ๐ŸŒ multicultural
    • affordable
    • off-beat
    • urban

    The 3e Arrondissement is less traveled by tourists, providing a more genuine local experience. It's often overlooked, which means you can find good value accommodation here. That being said, some parts of the area are experiencing regeneration and can feel a bit rough around the edges. It's a good base for those wanting to escape the tourist trail and don't mind using public transport to access main sights.

    La Belle de Mai is located within 3rd Arrondissement.
  • La Belle de Mai

    • ๐ŸŽจ artistic
    • local
    • affordable
    • ๐Ÿšฌ gritty

    La Belle de Mai is an authentic, working-class neighborhood that's growing in popularity due to the presence of artistic spaces like La Friche. It's a mixed bag in terms of upkeep and safety, with some areas appearing run-down, but it offers a true slice of Marseille life. The affordability of accommodations here makes it attractive to budget travelers, though it's wise to keep an eye on personal belongings.

    La Belle de Mai is a part of 3rd Arrondissement.