Épicerie Moutchou (Marseille)

© Lisa Pizzini

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In the neighborhood between La Corniche and Endoume, Lisa Pizzini, a former Parisian architect, ended up achieving her childhood dream: opening an épicerie & café where you can unearth fresh vegetables grown responsibly, Provencal and Mediterranean products, along with organic eggs, craft beers, natural wines from the South of France and bouquets of flowers from Fleur Soleil… along with some caramel Carambar candies! The day we went, chosen from around a hundred products, we grabbed a chestnut-buckwheat loaf from House of Pain, a farm-fresh pélardon cheese and a glass of sunny Minervois wine from Le Clos des Jarres, for a peaceful post-swim break… Meanwhile, her accomplice Alexandra Leclercq, who hails from Brussels, cooks up lovely lunch plates in the tiny kitchen, which you can nibble around the wooden communal table, in the back room with azure blue walls or in the small courtyard: vegetable spring rolls with a delicious peanut dipping sauce, good fennel-asparagus risotto, excellent chocolate-ginger cream pudding sprinkled with granola… And we haven’t even mentioned how kind they are, or how reasonable the prices are! // Gwen Jacquère 

THE HIDDEN GEM: Alex’s lemon cake (€2.50 a slice). 

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