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View from church Notre-Dame de la Garde towards Old Port

Marseille (Latin: Massilia) is the second most populated city of France (and third urban area) the biggest mediterranean port and the economic center of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. In 2013 the city (with its region) was the European Capital of Culture, a large series of cultural events took place, and several new infrastructures were inaugurated.

Islam in Marseille

Marseille, located in the south of France, is a city with a rich cultural history and a diverse population. Among the various religions and cultures present in Marseille, Islam holds a significant place. Islam has been present in Marseille since the early 20th century when North African workers arrived to work in the city's port.

Today, Islam is the second-largest religion in Marseille, with an estimated 250,000 Muslims living in the city. Marseille has a significant Muslim population, and as such, the city has a large number of mosques, halal restaurants, and other Muslim-friendly amenities.

One of the most notable mosques in Marseille is the Grand Mosque of Marseille. Built-in 1985, it is the largest mosque in France, with a capacity of up to 7,000 worshippers. The mosque is located in the 15th arrondissement of Marseille and is a significant landmark in the city. It has a stunning architecture with a minaret that rises to 25 meters.

Apart from the Grand Mosque, there are other significant mosques in Marseille, such as the Mosque of La Rose and the Mosque of La Belle de Mai. These mosques have played a vital role in the religious and cultural life of Marseille's Muslim community.

Islam has also influenced the city's culinary scene, with many halal restaurants and cafes serving delicious traditional dishes. Halal meat is widely available in Marseille, and many restaurants and fast-food outlets serve halal food, catering to the city's large Muslim population.

In addition to religious and culinary contributions, Islam has also played a significant role in Marseille's social and economic fabric. Marseille's Muslim population has contributed to the city's workforce, with many working in industries such as transportation, hospitality, and construction.

However, Marseille's Muslim population has also faced challenges, such as discrimination and marginalization. In recent years, there have been incidents of Islamophobia and attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned businesses. These incidents have led to concerns among Marseille's Muslim community and calls for greater social and political inclusivity.

Mosques in Marseille

The Grande Mosquée de Malaval, located on 24 Rue Malaval in the 2nd arrondissement of Marseille, is one of the city's largest and most well-known mosques. This mosque is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, making it a convenient place for Muslims to come and pray at any time of the day or night. The mosque has a beautiful prayer hall with a high ceiling and a large chandelier hanging in the center. The walls are decorated with intricate patterns and Arabic calligraphy. There is also a large courtyard outside the mosque where people can gather and socialize.

Bilal Mosque, located on 2 Rue Philippe de Girard in the 1st arrondissement of Marseille, is another important mosque in the city. This mosque opens at 6am every day and is a popular destination for Muslims who want to start their day with prayer. The mosque has a simple but elegant design, with a white exterior and a small dome. Inside, the prayer hall is decorated with blue and white tiles, and there is a beautiful mihrab (a niche in the wall indicating the direction of Mecca) at the front of the room.

Finally, the Massjid Mosquée El-Islah is located on 130 Chem. de la Madrague-Ville in the 15th arrondissement of Marseille. This mosque is open from 4:30am to 11:30pm, providing ample opportunity for Muslims to come and pray throughout the day. The mosque is relatively new, having been built in the 1990s, but it has quickly become an important gathering place for the local Muslim community. The mosque has a modern design, with a striking green dome and a minaret. Inside, the prayer hall is spacious and well-lit, with a large chandelier hanging from the ceiling.

In conclusion, Marseille is home to a rich and diverse Muslim community, and the city's mosques reflect this diversity. From the elegant simplicity of Bilal Mosque to the modern design of Massjid Mosquée El-Islah to the grandeur of the Grande Mosquée de Malaval, these mosques provide a place for Muslims to come together and worship, socialize, and strengthen their community.

Marseille Halal Explorer

Notre Dame de la Garde

Marseille has a complex history. It was established by the Phoceans (from the Greek city of Phocea) in 600 B.C. and is one of the oldest cities in Europe. The town is a far cry from the Cézanne paintings and Provençal clichés of sleepy villages, "pétanque" players and Marcel Pagnol novels. With around one million inhabitants, Marseille is the second largest city in France in terms of population and the largest in terms of area. Its population is a real melting pot of different cultures. It is also said that there are more Comorian people in Marseille than in Comoros! Indeed, the people of Marseille have varying ethnic backgrounds, with a lot of Italians and Spaniards having immigrated to the area after the Second World War.

For people not afraid to discover a real place with real people, Marseille is the place. From colourful markets (like Noailles market) that will make you feel like you are in Africa, to the Calanques (a natural area of big cliffs falling into the sea - Calanque means fjord), from the Panier area (the oldest place of the town and historically the place where newcomers installed) to the Vieux-Port (old harbor) and the Corniche (a road along the sea) Marseille has definitely a lot to offer.

Forget the Canebière, forget the "savon de Marseille" (Marseille soap), forget the clichés, and just have a ride from l'Estaque to Les Goudes. You will not forget it.

  • Office de Tourisme et des Congrès de Marseille - Main Tourist Office - 11, la Canebière 43.2960349, 5.3761071 Phone +33 826 500 500 Opening from Monday to Saturday 09:00 - 07:00, Sunday and holidays 10:00 - 05:00

Travel as a Muslim to Marseille

Buy a Flight ticket to and from Marseille

  • Marseille-Provence International Airport IATA Code: MRS about 30 km from Marseille - Marseille Provence Airport Aéroport de Marseille Provence 20080929 - Buses, taxis and now train connect in less than 30 minutes. Shuttle services from other European cities have made more places available from Marseille.
  • La Navette Aéroport - An easy way to get to Marseille's city centre. The shuttle leaves approximately every 15-20 minutes, taking 25 minutes and goes directly to the St. Charles bus/train station where you can take the metro or walk to your hotel. As of May 2018, the price is €8.30 for a one-way or €13.40 for a round-trip.

Muslim Friendly Rail Holidays in Marseille

Marseille sees TGV trains from Paris (3 hours) via Lyon (1hr 45min), Nice (2 hours) and from Brussels (5 hours). Slower Intercités trains connects with cities not on the TGV network. All trains within France are run by SNCF. Additionally, Eurostar now offers an all year round direct service from London (6½ hours) with up to five weekly departures during summer season and one to two during winter.

For travel from Spain, there an are daily AVE service operated by a joint venture of the French and Spanish railway companies from Barcelona (4½ hours), and Madrid (8 hours). Alternatively, there are frequent connections to Cerbère and onwards to Barcelona by means of a series of regional trains. There is also a daily Thello train from Milan, in Italy (4hr 45min). This train also stops in Monaco.

Regional TER are frequent and connects with several nearby cities and can be a cheaper alternative then using TGV trains for shorter journeys.

The main station of Marseille is Gare Saint-Charles GPS 43.302587,5.380436, at Square Narvik a few hundred metres north of the absolute city centre. It's a short walk rom the Canebière and the Old Port, but the station is slightly uphill which might be inconvenient if you have heavy luggage. The station is open between 04:30 to around 01:00, information on departures and arrivals as well as practical information can be found at Gares SNFC webpage.

By bus

Eurolines has many connections all over Europe. From Marseille there are at least direct connections to Barcelona, Prague and Tangier.

There is also a Eurolines office on the 3 Allée Léon Gambetta; If you walk down the big stairs on the southside of the station, follow the road until you come to a squarelike intersection. The office is on your left hand.

  • Gare Routière St Charles bus station - next to the main train station St. Charles; access through Platform N Phone +33 4 91 08 16 40 Opening Hours: Monday Tuesday Thursday F 07:30-19:00; W Saturday Sunday holidays: 08:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 19:00

The tickets of all those companies can be purchased on Sobus.

By car

Marseille is very well connected to most French cities through numerous highways. As always in France those highways are expensive but practical, comfortable and fast. Marseille is around 8 hours from Paris by car, 2 hours from Nice, 1hr 30min from Montpellier, 4 hours from Toulouse and 3 hours from Lyon. However, be aware that driving in the city centre is a nightmare - park your car somewhere safe and stick to public transport when ever you can.

Book a Halal Cruise or Boat Tour in Marseille

Marseille has a big harbour. There are direct daily services to Marseille from Ajaccio, Bastia, Porto Torres, Porto-Vecchio, and Propriano as well as ferries traversing the Mediterranean from Oran and Algiers in Algeria, usually with one or two crossings per week.

There are several piers at the harbour, so it is advisable to check well in advance from which pier you are departing.

How to travel around Marseille on a bicycle ?

If traveling by bicycle, you should arrive early in the day to avoid getting lost in this vast metropolis. Maps from the tourist office focus on the city center, so you should come with your own map to navigate the suburbs.

How to get around in Marseille

The entrance to the Old Port, flanked by Fort Saint-Jean and Fort Saint-Nicolas

By bus, tramway, subway

Marseille is served by a transit system, the Régie des Transports de Marseille] (RTM) comprising 2 subway lines, 2 tram lines and 74 bus lines. If you have any mobility problems, are in a wheel chair or have a child in a push chair, you should be aware that almost every métro station has steps in it somewhere and some will have several flights of stairs - stick to the trams and buses which are a better option.

The tickets for bus/métro can be bought in the cafes, at the subway stations, or on the bus; it is advised to buy a multi journey ticket (carte libertés) at €14 (10 voyages), which are not sold in the buses. The number of transfers is unlimited (including the return journeys) within the one-hour limit between the first boarding and last transfer on all the network (you must validate with each entry to the bus). The subway runs between 05:00 and 00:30. The tram system operates until 00:30 7 days a week. Most bus routes do not operate after 21:00 or so, although a limited network of night buses (Fluobus) operates with infrequent service (only about every 45–60 minutes or so) until about 00:30 or so. Using a taxi is recommended if you need to travel after 21:00. There is no service at all on 1 May.

Airport transfers are available for €8.30 each way to/from Gare St Charles. Tickets may be bought at the cabin between Hall 1 and Hall 3/4 of the main terminal and at a separate kiosk in the new Gare Routière, after Voie N in the Gare St Charles. The bus runs every 20 minutes on 10, 30, and 50 minutes past the hour. The ride is about 30 minutes. The bus says Navette Aeroport Gare St Charles on it. From Gare St Charles, the metro can get you to most hotels.

Metro tickets allow unlimited transfers onto bus or tram within 1 hour of initial use for the base €2.92 fare but does not include re-entry (1 hour limit) to the metro. A daily ticket (carte journée) costs €5.20.

By boat

A Ferry Boat crosses the Old Harbour (Vieux Port). It is a tourist attraction in itself known as the shortest commercial boat ride in Europe. Several other ferries propose connexions with L'Estaque, Les Goudes, La Pointe-Rouge and Le Frioul. They cost €10 return trip but a 1 week RTM transportation pass (€14.50; passport and color photo needed) comprises them (except Frioul island) which is very interesting. Also there are several companies proposing boat tours of the Calanque, like mini-cruises.

Rent a Car or Limousine in Marseille

Avoid taking your car if you possibly can. Marseille, at least the centre, has narrow streets, one-way streets, random lane changes and so on which can drive both locals and non-locals crazy. The local drivers have a well deserved reputation for fearlessness - particularly if they are on two wheels. In addition, Marseille has some of the lowest parking fines in France - parking fines are rarely enforced and consequently you will find cars parked (and sometimes double parked) everywhere.

Due to the new tunnel that is being built to try to alleviate some of Marseille's traffic problems, satellite navigational systems such as the Tom Tom are likely to be out of date and dangerous if followed. For instance, following a Tom Tom in the centre of Marseille could take you across newly installed pedestrian areas or Tram lines. The one-way system has also completely changed.

By taxi

Be careful of rogue taxi drivers. While there aren't many, there are a few and a €20 ride can quickly become a €40 ride. If you think you've been cheated get the taxi driver's number (in the rear of the car, often on the window) and go to the Tourist's Office at 4, La Canebière (near Le Vieux Port) and speak to a representative, they can and will get your money back if you've been ripped off. They will also get the taxi driver in significant trouble.

What to see in Marseille

Vieux Port

  • Vieux Port - old harbour - 43.29472, 5.37083 - Old Port of Marseille Marseille Old Port - Watching fishermen selling their stock by auction is a must. Arriving into Marseille in the Vieux-Port on a summer evening is something you will never forget. You can watch this show by going to Frioul islands or Chateau d'If and going back late in the afternoon. there is also a nice view on the harbour from the Palais du Pharo (Pharo Palace). The famous Canebière avenue goes straight down the harbour. However the Canebière is not that interesting despite its reputation.
  • Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde - Rue Fort du Sanctuaire 43.284028, 5.371111 Bus 60 goes from the Vieux Port to N-D de La Garde. Free Parking at the entrance of the church. Opening Hours: 07:00 - 18:15 in winter, 07:00 - 19:15 in summer Notre-Dame de la Garde Notre-damedelagarde - The big church which overlooks the city. Old fishermen used to have their boats blessed in this church. You can still see many boat models hanging around in the church. From there it is one of the nicest view of the city. You can use the tourist train from the Vieux Port to reach the church - you can get off the train, look around and board a later train back to the port.
  • Abbey of Saint Victor - 3 Rue de l'Abbaye 43.290278, 5.365556 - Abbey of Saint-Victor de Marseille Marseille Saint-Victor
  • L'Hotel de Ville 43.29611, 5.37 - Hôtel de Ville - Marseille - Marseille City Hall
  • Le Panier - Marseille’s old town - 43.29806, 5.36778 The old town can be easily accessed from the Vieux Port. It is not recommended to drive there. Le Panier (which means basket in French) is the historical centre of the city. This district is characterized by many narrow and steep streets. The tourist office organises a guided tour in english of the Old town every saturday at 14:00. You can begin your tour from the Vieux-Port and finish at the Mucem of vice versa. A recommended trail of this district is also proposed by the tourist office.
  • Marseille Cathedral - Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure de Marseille or Cathédrale de la Major - Place de la Major 43.299444, 5.364722 Walk from the Mucem or take the less frequent bus 82 or 49 (Stop at La Major) Opening Hours: 10:00 -19:00 Marseille Cathedral Cathédrale de la Major de Marseille A Byzantine-Roman cathedral at the western side of Le Panier quarter.
  • La Vieille Charité 2 Rue de la Charité 43.300205, 5.367774 at the Northern side of Le Panier quarter - La Vieille Charité La Vieille Charité is a wonderful old monument, a former charitable housing for poor, now hosting museums and exhibitions.
  • Cours Belsunce 43.298733, 5.376358 - Cours Belsunce
  • Place Castellane 43.2859, 5.38372 - Place Castellane Place Castellane - With a grand fountain/column/sculpture in the center, with excellent cinemas and cafés surrounding. There is another place called La Castellane: it is a poor suburb of Marseille where famous footballer Zinedine Zidane was born.
  • Cours Julien 43.294, 5.38302 metro stop Cours Julien/Notre Dame du Mont - A hangout area with bookstores, cafés, fountains, and a playground for the small ones. It is a trendy area of Marseille.
  • Place Jean Jaurès 43.295, 5.3865 - Place Jean-Jaurès - La Plaine is the local name for Place Jean Jaurès close to Cours Julien. Every Thursday and Saturday morning the Plaine market is the place to shop. If you are there early enough you can make very good deals, even if what you'll find there is sometimes "tombé du camion" (fallen off the truck) as one says in Marseille.
  • Noailles quarter 43.295137, 5.379646 metro Noailles - Marseille - Métro & Tramway - Noailles (7537853682) - Lined with Arabic and Indo-Chinese shops some of the streets could be part of a bazzaar in Algeria. A fascinating area.

Palais Longchamp

  • Palais Longchamp 43.3043, 5.3945 Cinq Avenues Longchamp|1}}; tram #2, stops "Longchamp" or "Cinq Avenues" - Palais Longchamp Marseille Palais Longchamp 03 20061231 - It houses the city's Musée des beaux-arts and Natural history museum. The surrounding park (the Parc Longchamp) is listed by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Notable Gardens of France. The Boulevard Longchamp connects it with the city centre.
  • Fort Saint-Jean - Parvis Saint Laurent 43.29472, 5.3625 Walk West on the Northern quay of the Old Port until you hit the Fort Opening Hours: Open until 19:00 free entrance Fort Saint-Jean (Marseille) Marseille-Fort Saint-Jean Fort Saint-Jean is a fortification at the North-Western end of the Old Port, built in 1660 by Louis XIV. The fort also hosts the Museum "Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée", but the fortification itself is accessible to the public free of cost, and worth a visit. You can walk through the old fortifications, stroll through a small park, enjoy the view on the Old Port or on the sea, or walk over the free-hanging bridges to the museum or the Church Saint-Laurent. The Fort also offers a 10-min video show about the history of Marseille and the Fort.
  • Vallon des Auffes 43.28538, 5.350932 Bus 83, Stop at Vallon des Auffes and take the stairs. Vallon des Auffes Pont du Vallon des Auffes de nuit - Small and out of time traditional fishing port, just near the city centre.

Museums and places of interest

  • Musée des civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée - MuCEM - 43.296937, 5.361139 - Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations - The first French national museum outside of Paris. It has large permanent and temporary exhibitions. Its architecture mixes a very contemporary structure (a dark box) with an old castle, with footbridges linking the two parts of the museum.
  • Musée des Docks Romains - 10 Place Vivaux 43.2968, 5.36832 Phone +33 4 91 91 24 62 - Musée des docks romains vue générale Built to preserve the archeological finds at the former warehouses of the old harbour from Phoenician and Roman times
  • Musée d'Archéologie méditerranéenne (Archéologie-Graffiti-Lapidaire), Centre de la Vieille Charité, 2 Rue de la Charité, 13002 Marseille. Phone: 04 91 14 58 59, Fax : 04 91 14 58 76
  • Mazargues War Cemetery - On the way to Luminy - A war cemetery dedicated to World War I and World War II martyrs from the Allies, especially the Indian and Chinese gunners and runners. A very serene place, it is the perfect place to spend sometime thinking about the people who laid down their lives to give us the freedom we enjoy today.
  • la Corniche: a walkway and a road by the sea that provides lovely views of the sea, the Chateau d'If to the south, and les Calanques to the east.
  • Parc Borély (Borely park). A large and great park, 300 meters from the sea. After a siesta in the park go have a drink at Escale Borely (a place with numerous restaurants on the beach) to see the sunset.
  • Unité d'Habitation 43.2612, 5.3964 - Designed by Le Corbusier, and one of 17 of his buildings to be listed as a World Heritage Site. The building is called "la maison du fada" (the house of the foolish) by indegenous people. The building contains a shopping street, a church, a children's school and housing. You can access the roof and enjoy the breathtaking view of Marseille between hills and sea (10:00-18:00).

Outside of town

Callelongue port

  • The Calanques. The Calanques are a series of miniature fjords to the south of Marseille near Cassis. From Marseille these are best accessed from the University campus at Luminy which can be reached by bus #21 departing from Rond Point du Prado opposite the Stade Velodrome or from Vieux Port (the bus fee is €2.90). The 'fjords' are amazing with wonderful blue sea and spectacular lime stone cliffs. The walk along the coast from Cassis to Marseille is spectacular, it can be done in one day at a fast pace. The trail (GR) is clearly marked (red and white strips). From Luminy, you can turn left to Cassis or right to Callelongue (a bus connects you to bus #19, which takes you back to Place Castellane in the center, or you can use also bus #21, 20, 23). From June to September some of the Calanques can be closed due to high risk of fire.
  • The Château d'If The Château d'If is built small island off the city, initially as a defensive structure and was later used a prison. It is most famous for its place in the novel The Count of Monte-Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Tourist boats leave from the Vieux Port.
  • Allauch and Plan de Cuques are communes on the outskirts of Marseille, both blessed with beautiful countryside. You can take the metro to La Rose|1 and then a bus #142, #144. Take a picnic and go for a walk in the hills, the views of Marseille and the Mediterranean are stunning.
  • L'Estaque and côte bleue L'Estaque is fishing port that is just starting to exploit its tourist potential through its connections to Cézanne. You can get there on the #35 bus from Joliette|2.

Top Muslim Travel Tips for Marseille

Calanque d'En Vau

You can visit the fabulous restaurants and cafes. You can go and do many adventurous things such as diving and hiring boats! The calanques (fjords) between Marseille and La Ciotat are a very popular sports climbing area. And of course, if the weather is fine, you can simply go to the beach!

  • Watch football at the Vélodrome, home to Olympique de Marseille. They play in Ligue 1, the top tier of French football, and often qualify for European tournaments. The stadium, capacity 67,394, is in St Giniez district 2 km south of the city centre, use Metro station Rond-Point du Prado. Buy match tickets on-line or from the L'OM shop in Vieux Port.

Local events in Marseille

Marseille was European Capital of Culture in 2013.

  • The festival Avec le Temps that occurs every spring at the Espace Julien (one of the main concerts halls in town) consists in many concerts of French artists, in many genre (Pop, Chanson, Rock, Folk.)
  • La Fête Bleue, "the Blue Festival" at the end of June. A lot of shows (concerts, movie projections, exhibits) occur in many places in the city, and the theme is the colour blue.
  • La Fête du Panier, at the end of June. During two days, you will be able to see shows, concerts and markets in the oldest area of the town.
  • Le FDAmM or Festival de Danse et des Arts Multiples de Marseille, is the main dance festival in Marseille and lasts all summer.
  • Le festival du Plateau, at the Cours Julien, in September.
  • The music festival Marsatac occurs in the end of September and was created 10 years ago. Artists who performed there were for example Public Enemy, Nouvelle Vague, dEUS, Mogwai, Peaches, Amon Tobin, De La Soul, Laurent Garnier, Aphex Twin....
  • La Fiesta Des Suds, at the Dock des Suds, in October is a famous festival dedicated to World music. You can attend concerts of artists such as Asian Dub Foundation, Buena Vista Social Club, Cesaria Evora.
  • La Foire aux Santons is a very picturesque Christmas market held from late November near the Canebière and Vieux Port. Provence is the home of santons, terracotta figurines used in nativity scènes known as crèches. Some merchants and many churches display impressive crèches of their own.


Le Pointe Rouge beach

Let's be honest, beaches in Marseille are not always great. Moreover depending on the weather, they can be rather polluted.

However the small beaches south of the city centre between La Pointe Rouge harbour and La Madrague harbour are cleaner, nicer and usually slightly less crowded.

There are also good sandy beaches at L'Estaque - take bus #35 from Joliette metro/tram stop to the end of the line (20–25 minutes).

Study as a Muslim in Marseille


Marseille is home to many universities and has a reputation for great education. The universities have a wide array of focuses from art to business.

  • École d’Architecture de Marseille - Marseille School of Architecture - 184, avenue de Luminy Phone +33 4 91 82 71 00 +33 4-91-82-71-80
  • Main focus on Architecture
  • Institut de Mathématiques de Luminy - Luminy Institute of Mathematics - 163, avenue de Luminy Phone +33 4 91 26 96 30 - Main focus on Mathematics.
  • Euromed École de Management - Euromed School of Management - 65, Boulevard Balthazar Blanc Phone +33 491 827 800 +33 491 827 821
  • Main focus on Business (Business Management and International Business)
  • Université Aix-Marseille III - Aix-Marseille University III - 3, avenue Robert-Schuman Phone +33 4 42 17 28 00
  • General studies university
  • Faculté de Médecine de Marseille - Marseille Faculty of Medicine - 27 Boulevard Jean Moulin Phone +33 4 91 32 43 00

Halal Supermarkets in Marseille

In Marseille, there are many halal supermarkets and butchers that cater to the needs of the Muslim community. These stores offer a wide range of halal products, including meat, vegetables, and groceries, all of which are prepared in accordance with Islamic dietary laws.

One of the most popular halal supermarkets in Marseille is Vitamins, located at 398 Av. de Saint-Antoine, 13015. This store offers a range of halal products, including meats, vegetables, and everyday groceries. In addition, they also offer a selection of oriental grocery products and Turkish specialties, making it a one-stop-shop for all your halal needs. With a focus on quality and freshness, Vitamins has become a go-to destination for many Muslims in Marseille.

Another popular halal supermarket in Marseille is Mevlana Market, located at 43 Av. de la Viste, 13015. This spacious and well-lit supermarket offers a wide range of 100% halal products, including spices, teas, chickpeas, and other ingredients. In addition, they also have a well-stocked butcher shop that provides charcuterie for all gourmets, including minced meat, escalope, ribs, and other meat products. Mevlana Market also offers a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as other grocery items, making it a great choice for those who want to do all their halal shopping in one place.

Both of these halal supermarkets in Marseille are committed to providing their customers with high-quality halal products. They have experienced staff who can help you find the products you need and answer any questions you may have about the halal diet. They also offer competitive prices and regular promotions to help you save money on your halal shopping.

Halal Restaurants in Marseille

With a rich cultural history and diverse population, Marseille has become a hub for international cuisine, including halal restaurants. Halal refers to food that is prepared and consumed according to Islamic dietary laws, and there are several halal restaurants in Marseille that cater to both locals and tourists. In this article, we will highlight some of the top halal restaurants in Marseille.

One of the most popular halal restaurants in Marseille is O 70 Restaurant Halal, located at 70 Boulevard Notre Dame. This restaurant serves a variety of halal dishes, including kebabs, shawarmas, and grilled meats. The menu also includes vegetarian options for those who prefer plant-based meals. The restaurant has a cozy atmosphere and friendly staff, making it a great spot for a casual lunch or dinner.

Another must-try halal restaurant in Marseille is Chicken Chicken, located at 14 Rue Bernard du Bois. This restaurant specializes in fried chicken, which is marinated in a variety of spices and served with sides like fries and coleslaw. The portions are generous, and the prices are affordable, making it a popular spot among locals and visitors alike.

For those in the mood for steak, Steak Lounge is a halal restaurant that serves delicious steaks prepared to perfection. Located at 112 Av. Jules Cantini, this restaurant has a chic and modern interior, making it a great spot for a romantic dinner or a night out with friends. In addition to steaks, the menu also includes salads, sandwiches, and desserts.

If you're looking for a more traditional halal dining experience, Chez Lili is a great option. This restaurant, located at 9 Pl. Brossolette, serves classic Middle Eastern dishes like hummus, tabbouleh, and falafel. The portions are generous, and the prices are reasonable, making it a great option for families or groups.

Muslim Friendly Hotels in Marseille

  • Hello Marseille Hostel - 12 rue de Breteuil, 13001 Marseille Phone +33 9 54 80 75 05 - It's in a safe area in the very center of Marseille, the “Vieux Port”. They offer shared rooms accommodating 6 people for the single price of €20 only. 24/7 reception & security. multilingual staff, no curfew; Online booking and reservation; Accommodation in 6 persons large rooms with lockers. Breakfast offered (French baguette, butter & marmalade, fruits, coffee at will); Linens included; Single price €20/person/night. Services: laundry, luggage store, printer, free city bikes spot; free Wi-fi everywhere, skype-ready computer at disposal in the lobby. Sunny balcony, cosy lounge, guest kitchen, large TV screen with international channels.
  • Hotel Lutetia - From €60. Between the St Charles Train Station and the old port +33 491 508 178. A renovated hostel with free internet, great atmosphere, and friendly staff.
  • Auberge de Jeunesse Marseille - Bois Luzy - Allée des Primevères Phone +33 4 91 49 06 18 Opening Hours: reception 09:00 - 10:00, 17:00 - 21:00 The hostel is in a chateau not very close to the city centre, about 15 minutes walk from a Metro station.
  • Adagio Marseille Prado Plage - 46 rue des Mousses Phone +33 4 912 297 00 Completely renovated, the residence is in the heart of the Le Prado quarter, 100 metres from the beach, easy to get to via the Avenue du Prado or the Corniche. It lies in a quiet residential area close to a large number of Halal restaurants and the Palais des Congrès. This site can accommodate people with reduced mobility (minor disabilities, elderly people) with an able-bodied escort and families with young children.
  • Hotel Kyriad Rabatau - Boulevard Rabatau Daniel Matalon 162 Distance from Vieux-Port 3 km Phone +33 4 91 80 31 00 Clean basic hotel. Room includes air-conditioner, bathroom and water boiler. Nearest metro station Sainte-Marguerite Dromel is situated 1.2 km from hotel to south.
  • New Hotel has four different hotels in Marseille tailored to individual needs. For a quiet and greenery stay, the New Hotel Bompard] is particularly suitable, while being close to the city center.
  • Hotel La Résidence du Vieux Port Marseille - Completely renovated in 2010 in a 1950s style with a tribute to Charlotte Perriand and Le Corbusier. The hotel offers beautiful views of Marseille from its balconies and three suites on the top floor have terraces overlooking the Old Harbour and the Church. All the rooms are facing the port.
  • Best Western La Joliette - 49 Avenue Robert Schuman ,13002 Phone +33 1 45 74 76 72 Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 10:00 Clean, cosy hotel in a quiet location near Joliette metro/tram station. Good location for the port and Le Panier.
  • Novotel Marseille Vieux Port - 36 Boulevard Charles Livon 43.292685, 5.360277 Phone +33 4 96 11 42 11 - A four-star resort near the Pharo gardens overlooking the Vieux Port with impressive views. The place to stay for most public figures.
  • Le Petit Nice Passedat - 17 Rue des Braves 43.280202, 5.352057 Phone +33 4 91 59 25 92 - One of the city's most upmarket hotels, this villa by the sea boasts the region's only Michelin 3-star restaurant.

Telecommunications in Marseille

Le Vieux Port has WiFi access, available from many of the restaurants, and in some places in the street (although there are not many places to sit). The ESSID to use is "Marseille sans fil" and the network is not encrypted. When you first connect, your browser will take you to a web page about the service in French: simply click on "Cliquez ici" ("Click here") on that page to use the network freely.

Wi-Fi is pronounced wee-fee or wiffy in French - even by English speakers. Asking for Why-Fye will usually be greeted by a blank look.

Stay safe

For much of its history - and to this day - Marseille has been seen by many people in France as a crime-ridden city, and this is sadly not entirely unwarranted. Nevertheless, Muslim tourists will have a great time by taking the basic precautions, and the city center is very safe.

However, muggings and pickpockets have dramatically increased, so do avoid carrying valuables and watch your surroundings, like in most cities. Most of the northern neighbourhoods (quartiers nord), with the very notable exceptions of L'Estaque and Château-Gombert, are among the most dangerous in France outside the Paris area, and should be avoided by tourists. Thankfully, there is no reason for going there.

Furthermore, Marseille is one of the few cities in France to still have prevalent Mafias and gangs.

The area around Boulevard Michelet teems with prostitutes and should be avoided on soccer nights, as you can meet potentially angry and drunk Olympique de Marseille hooligans.

Cope in Marseille

Consulates in Marseille

China China - 20 Boulevard Carmagnole Phone +33 4-91-32-00-00 +33 4-91-32-00-08

Indonesia Indonesia 25 Boulevard Carmagnole Phone +33 491 230160 +33 491 714032

Explore more Halal Friendly Destinations from Marseille

  • Aix-en-Provence: Easily reached by Cartreize coach or SNCF train. There is a dedicated express coach from St Charles station which takes 30–40 minutes.
  • Cassis: attractive sea resort south-east of Marseille.

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