The Panier district is like the medieval villages of Beyond. From the Old Port, Le Panier is visible as a hill of tightly-packed old houses behind the north side of the Quai du Port, behind the Hôtel de Ville. Just a few minutes walk takes you up step-streets of brick and stone, to the Place de Moulins at the top. This area certainly isn't the richest of Marseilles, but it has been under gradual renovation for the past few years, and you'll see more refurbished old buildings than completely run-down ones.
This is a "quartier" with both character and pride. There's a large open area beside the Rue Panier, with a view into the domed chapelle of the "Vieille Charité, and on the corner is an Office de Tourisme with information and documentation.
The Old Charity Cultural Center (Vieille Charité) has beautiful three-tiered arched balconies surrounding the lovely domed Chapel in the center. The Mediterranean Archaeology museum is inside here, along with a small café, a good bookstore and a few other small, discrete galleries and shops.
A motif running through this old-village style district of medieval houses and narrow streets is the extensive wall art. The Panier street art has become well known and a popular attraction. It does vary in quality, from narmal grafiti (some), through very good paintings (a lot), to excellent and imaginative works.