View of the Marseille Old Port from the Caravelle barTrue to its name - a 15th century sailing ship - La Caravelle has a nautical theme for its warm wooden interior, decorated with model ships and marine memorabilia.

The entrance to this very hip little first floor bar is easy to miss. Go up the stairs to the Hotel Belle-Vue and it's just by the hotel reception desk. Outside on the tiny terrace, a handful of highly desirable tables allow you to keep tabs on the Old Port (the view from them is pictured, above).

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The music is likely to be jazzy (live music two evenings a week from the autumn) and there's free wi-fi. House speciality: mango mojito. Food: snacks (cheese, saucisson, tapenade, crudités).

Where: 34 quai du Port, 13002 Marseille. Tel: (+33) 4 91 90 36 64.

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