The Motto of the City of Marseille: Actibus immensis urbs fulget Massiliensis.
"By her great deeds, Marseille shines in the world"
Today I had a delightful lunch that hardly cost me anything at all. All around the Vieux Port in Marseilles there are places to sit - so I sat, and had an outdoor lunch.
I bought olives, half a euro, fresh french bread another half euro, some grapes from a market stall that I chose myself for one euro and a small bottle of red wine - one euro. So for just three euros I dined in the open air very well. Three Euros = Two UK Pounds = Four US Dollars (approximately).
As you walk around Marseille you will see lots of street markets selling olives and fresh fruit. There are also numerous fresh bakeries selling great smelling (and tasting) french bread. Wine shops are a little harder to find - but they are there if you keep your eyes open - alternatively there are many places selling fruit drinks and water.
So this is a very easy thing to do whenever the sun is shining. I recommend you go to the right at the Vieux Port (facing it from La Canebière, as here you will find many traditional benches facing the harbour, and also many big round sculptural benches to sit on and enjoy lunch.
Sitting here, enjoying your rustic french lunch you will be approached by people selling trinkets and souvenirs, which can be annoying, but is really no different if you sit in one of the harbour open air cafes at the Vieux Port as even in the commercial establishments you are continually approached to purchase something. I became very expert at saying no! - good practice for anyone, I think.