The terrace of Le Charite Cafe, MarseilleIn the courtyard of the Vieille Charité in the Old Town, surrounded by colonnades dotted with olive trees in terracotta pots, this snack bar serves teas, drinks and, at midday, simple meals. It's a lovely, peaceful terrace on a hot day.

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The interior is certainly plain and the café is self-service. But the prices are fair and certainly a good deal lower than the tourist bars on the nearby Place des Pistoles. On the lunch menu: salads, pasta and sandwiches. There's a very well-stocked art-book shop next door to browse before or after lunch.

Where: 2 rue de la Charité, 13002 Marseille. Tel: (+33) 4 91 91 08 41.

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