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Five-star Marseille

Fine living – and fine dining – in the European Capital of Culture

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Five-star Marseille

Image: Christophe Billet

June 02 2013
Sophy Roberts

Less bejewelled and more bouillabaisse than some glitzier counterparts on the Côte d’Azur is the new InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu (second picture; www.ichotelsgroup.com; from £250), which recently reopened along this same Mediterranean strip, in Marseille’s oldest quarter. This is the five-star the city has been waiting for. As to the fish soup that’s so indivisible from this port city, one can still find a tasty and authentic bowl at Chez Fonfon (first picture; www.chez-fonfon.com) or Une Table au Sud (www.unetableausud.com), where chef Lionel Levy secured his name with his “milkshake of bouillabaisse”. Levy will be heading up Alcyone, the fine-dining restaurant at Hotel Dieu, opening September, and brasserie Les Fenêtres.