Shopping in Marseille
Marseille’s most interesting summer shopping is to be found at the local products and artisan market. The market - Marché des Croisiéristes - is held near the newly pedestrianised Old Port (Vieux Port), on Places Gabriel Péri and Général de Gaulle. You’ll find there all the Provençal stuff you could possibly hope for – edible, wearable, decorative plus lots of items you’ll bring home.
Marseille has few notable products of its own, unless you count the clunky savon-de-Marseille soap and devastatingly overrated navette biscuit. It does, however, have a flourishing fashion design sector, France’s best spice’n’souk area – and all the other shopping you’d expect of a major city.
Most of the key shopping streets are just south of La Canebière. Rue de Rome, Rue Paradise and Rue St Ferréol have the clothes shops, many of them pretty top-end. More general shopping clusters in the streets between the Opera House and the Préfecture. And then there is the brand new, €466 million Terrasses du Port shopping centre, right by the MuCEM, the final element of the rehab of this part of the port. British-built, it opened in May 2014 with 190 shops and services on five floors, plus two panoramic promenades.
But this entire shopping zone is quite compact. It includes Rue de la Tour, where Marseille’s own designers have their outlets, and the Galéries Lafayette department store is also nearby, just across La Canebière on Rue Bir Hakeim, surrounded by the Centre Bourse shopping centre. Antiques and objets d’art are best found in Rue Edmond Rostand.
Bonneveine is above all a charming village located in the southern districts of Marseille, close to the beaches, and rich in green parks. Although very equipped with services, the district has created beautiful green areas such as, for example, the central park of Bonneveine in front of the Bonneveine shopping center. This park revolves around a cultural center, a swimming pool called Sunflower and a school.
Les Docks de Marseille is a historical building in the heart of La Joliette, a business district in Marseille, France. The building is home to 220 companies employing some 3,500 people. Les Docks Marseille is now a new centre open to the city and the sea, a place that’s buzzing with life both day and night. It is the place to be for all the people of Marseille.
Les Terrases du Port is a major part of the new business district in Marseille near Place de la Joliette and is at the centre of the biggest urban renewal project in Southern Europe. Overlooking the sea and providing a wonderful place to relax and socialise, with a combination of shops and cultural and leisure facilities, Les Terrasses du Port offers a whole new way to shop. With a food hall, restaurants, big name stores and cutting-edge designers...