The dockside is lined with delicious seafood restaurants. Many are quite pricey, but if you dare to wander down a back street, many wonderful restaurants exist there also and they seem to be frequented more by the locals instead of the tourists.
The magnificence of Cassis is the calanques, long, narrow inlets eroded from the limestone cliffs of the Gardiole. You can walk along the top of the cliffs, several hours round trip, or take the boats, as we did. It was a beautiful tour along the cliffs. The day was perfect...actually, probably the most perfect day we had all trip. Not saying the weather was bad, but some days could have been better.
Because of all the limestone cliffs in the area, there are not many vineyards. However, the wine produced in the Cassis area is highly priced. The light, fruity white wines go beautifully with the seafood and bouillabaisse.
Just by chance, we came upon one of those off the street restaurants for lunch. "Restaurant Le Bonaparte" was a lucky find. Above, I had mussels in wine sauce and The Trout had a salad with bacon.
The special of the day was scallops, sole and red fish in olive oil. Outstanding!! Along with this was ratatouille and roasted potatoes. We also each had a glass of Cassis white wine, which we enjoyed.
Of course...dessert. Strawberry cake with pudding and whipped cream. Oh, yes!! After dinner, the owner treated me to a glass of cassis liqueur and The Trout had a drink of cognac. It happened to be mother's day in France, so as we left, I was presented with a red rose.
We went back a few days later for the bouillabaisse. It was made the traditional way for this area. We enjoyed it, but it was not the best we had ever had. They brought out the fish to show us how they had been marinated overnight in saffron. We then had a bowl of the broth with potatoes as the fish was cooked in the remaining broth in the kitchen. It was not a pretty dish, but it was fulfilling.