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Le Grand Café Restaurant
in Gémenos near Aubagne

Creative and generous cuisine

Throughout your stay at La Magdeleine, Le Grand Café is the perfect venue in which to enjoy a delicious dining experience, no matter what time of day it is.

With its informal and friendly atmosphere, Le Grand Café consists of two different spaces for summer and winter, each of which serves simple, delicious and generous dishes.

Le Grand Café is also open to those who are not staying at the hotel. Conveniently located, whether you live in Gémenos or Marseille, treat yourself to a gourmet meal here.

In summer - A rôtisserie in the shade of the plane trees

Once the warmer weather arrives, Le Grand Café moves outdoors into the shade of centuries-old plane trees, right next to the swimming pool.

It has the feel of a village square in Provence, with people coming and going throughout the day, meeting up with a view of the water, spending time together and enjoying a freshly prepared meal.

Whatever time of day it is, whether or not you’re staying at the hotel, take a seat at a traditional forged iron table or a more contemporary loom chair for a truly delightful experience. 

This summer restaurant serves beautifully slow-roasted meats – La Magdeleine’s rôtisserie is close by – along with perfectly grilled, flavourful fish, raw and cooked Mediterranean vegetables and colourful fruit. 

Open: from May to October.

In winter - Delicious dishes

When autumn arrives and the Provence countryside turns shades of red, orange and gold, Le Grand Café moves to the large library of La Magdeleine hotel in Gémenos, a beautifully renovated space in what was once the barn.

With exposed beams, large terracotta flagstones and carpets, a large fireplace in the hearth with a crackling fire and delicious dishes served in a cosy atmosphere, it reflects what La Magdeleine is all about. 

It’s time to indulge in some old-fashioned home cooking, including traditional dishes which are made to be shared. Golden gratins made with seasonal vegetables are served, alongside slow-cooked casseroles and the subtle flavours of home-made terrines. With a buffet available at lunch and dinner, you’ll love the friendly feel of the dining experience here.

Open: from November to April.