One of the best memories I’ve got from my hometown growing up is going with my mom to the fish market on a Sunday. We would go there quite regularly, not to buy anything but to see what was on. As a kid, fishes used to fascinate me (and to a certain point, they still do). So it was a cheap, easy way for my mom to keep me entertained. Really, I didn’t need much.
Since then, I had the opportunity to visit other fish markets around the world, and I realise now how small that one is. But still, it still holds a certain place in my heart. Every morning, the fishermen come back from the sea straight to the port, set up their spaces and sell whatever they caught during the night. You can’t have any fresher than that! It’s always worth going there quite early in the morning, and sometimes you can discover some surprisingly big catch. Most of the time, it would be small local fishes – used traditionally in Marseille’s most famous dish, the bouillabaisse, or fish soup – but if you’re lucky you might see on the stands thunas, sharks and even a swordfish. I was lucky, they had caught a massive thuna when I came there, and already sold few steaks. Most of the locals come here to shop and prepare today’s dinner.
So although it won’t impress you in size or in choice, Marseille’s fish market is big in authenticity and in charm. It’s there every morning on the Old Port, from 8 to 13.30.