This is a giant and lively place: the Cours Honoré d’Estienne d’Orves is fully pedestrian and an ideal spot to have break in the city’s centre.
Located a stone’s throw from the Vieux-Port, the place is right inside Les Arcenaux quarter. Its full name, Cours Honoré-d’Estienne-d’Orves, originates from a French naval officer, a hero of WW2.
You will find plenty of bars and restaurants on the place. They are crowded as soon as the sun is out. The spot also hosts cultural events or sport lives, and offers a skating rink, a Christmas market and a Santons fair during winter.
Tips & anecdotes
In December 2014, a Hard Rock Café opened on number 35, it is the third world biggest buildings of the chain!
For the “apéro”, try Le Pointu bar and restaurant (on number 18). The restaurant offers local specialities with seafood, fish or meat.
A bit of history: there used to be a canal on the Cours d’Estienne d’Orves. Built in 1707, it was called “l’arsenal de Marseille” (Arsenal des galères). At this time, it represented France most important dockyard with 40 galleys in use. Galleys were boats dedicated to military or trade activities. Colbert (the king minister) launched this project in the second half of 17th Century to welcome and arm Louis XIV galleys.
The canal was then filled and converted in a place that first became a giant car park. But thankfully it is now a very pleasant pedestrian area!
Cours Honoré-d’Estienne-d’Orves, 13001 Marseille
HOW TO GET TO COURS HONORÉ D’ESTIENNE D’ORVES?
- Station Cours Jean Ballard
- Station Place aux Huiles
- Station Vieux-Port (line 1)