With ziggurat ramps and a mashrabiya façade that glows by night, architect Rudi Ricciotti's Museum of Civilisations from Europe and the Mediterranean is a wonder to behold. So it's only fitting the restaurant would be directed by chef Gérald Passédat of Le Petit Nice, the only three Michelin Star establishment in Marseilles. The interiors, designed by Passédat himself, are divided into multiple spaces: La Table for fine dining; La Cuisine, with an open kitchen and Ricciotti-designed communal tables; and a café, Mediterranean vegetable garden and cooking school. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow in natural light and views to the Vieux Port. But for the Wallpaper* traveller, the true attractions are the sleek oak furnishings by Basque purveyors Alki and lighting by Artemide.
Organic dishes draw influences from all around the Med. The Café serves Marseillaise classics like beef parmentier and mackerel and goat cheese tart, whereas La Table offers tasting menus by Passédat acolyte Philippe Moreno along with à la carte octopus carpaccio and seared bonito with chermoula and seaweed. We recommend topping it off with a sorbet by artisanal glacier Martine Lambert.