Marseille is an amazing city. Founded 2600 years ago, the oldest city in France combines the richness of a unique heritage, an intense multi-cultural life, and an exceptional location. French second largest city is still known as the “Phocaean city” in memory of the ancient Greeks from Asia Minor who founded the city here.
Centre Bourse is a heaven for shopaholics with more than 200 shops, offering a range of chic or more casual ready-to-wear fashion. Located at the heart of Marseille, near the old Port, it includes Galeries Lafayette, FNAC, Go Sport, Habitat…
Over the last few years the district of Le Panier has become a popular location for artist studios, crafts and galleries. You will find souvenirs and gift shops such as soaps and olive oil there.
The City Center offers a wide range of shops with big brands sitting alongside small arts and crafts boutiques, department stores or shops selling Provencal gifts and souvenirs – something for everyone. Rue Paradis and Rue Grignan are devoted to luxury goods stores and major brands for shopping Marseille.
Cours Julien and Notre Dame du Mont: the designers’ district
A stone’s throw from the Old Port, the district of Cours Julien and Notre Dame du Mont is appreciated for its shaded terraces, its pedestrianized streets, fountains and restaurants. It also offers an alternative retail area of shopping Marseille made up of designer and fashion boutiques, book shops, art galleries, theatre… It is the artists’ quarter as well as a perfect setting in which to stroll and shop.
Les Terrasses du Port is a major part of the new business district in Marseille near Place de la Joliette and is at the center of the biggest urban renewal project in Southern Europe. Discover its 190 shops for shopping Marseille and restaurants and its stunning view promenade with an important modular terrace for events and activities. Very close to les Terrasses, discover Les Voûtes and its unique premises opened in 2014 at the foot of Cathedral La Major: 7.200m² of commercial premises and 39 shops open everyday, even on Sunday. Enjoy a visit at Perfumery Fragonard, that holds a wide range of homewares blending Provençal prints with contemporary designs. You’ll can shop bags, clothes, soaps from its main product stream and of course fragrance.
The famous ‘savon de Marseille’ soap is a very popular item to take back home as a shopping Marseille souvenir. Traditional methods are still used to make this soap (using olive oil for green soap and palm oil for white soap) and it is renowned as an ultra-moisturising soap for sensitive skins.
Marseille soap factory set up in the 16th century just after the crusades took the activity a step beyond the handicraft level. At the beginning of the 17th century, production in Marseille factories was barely sufficient to satisfy demand from the city and the region.Then first world-war blocked supplies coming from Spain, so soap manufacturers in Marseille had to increase their production to be able to supply the north of France and buyers from the Netherlands, Germany and England. Although there were 7 manufacturers in the city in 1660, today only two are still in activity.
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