Marseille, France
Nicolas, 35
Travel and sustainability professional
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What are the Marseille spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Notre Dame de la Garde, the old harbor, la Canebiere (main avenue leading to the old harbor), La Licorne or Le Serail (soap makers), le Vallon des Auffes, Orange Velodrome stadium during a game (or if not possible, a 'boutique de 'OM'), la Goude, Chateau d'If, le Panier neighborhood.

Do’s and don’ts in Marseille: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

Don't wear a Paris St Germain jersey or scarf. Do

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

Le Panier during the day and le Cours Julien at night.

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Find a cosy cafe and order some wine.

Which local creators do you admire?

Dimitri Payet

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

Sugiton calanques (accessible by bus and then a walk from the city center)

You’re meeting the mayor of Marseille - what constructive criticism would you give them?

Train connection to and from the airport.

photos by

Jean-Baptiste Falzon