One of the city's oldest districts, the Panier (literally translated meaning "basket") is where the ancient Phocaeans first settled and founded the city of Massilia. Using the 18th-century Hôtel-Dieu and Notre Dame des Accoules church bell tower (17th-19th century) as reference points, these lead to the foot of Montée des Accoules - a series of steep flights of steps typical of old Marseilles - which lead right to the heart of the district and pedestrians' paradise. Once home to the ancient city's Greek agora (a public open space used for assemblies and markets), Place de Lenche still bustles with life and has its own market, restaurants and theater. At the summit of the old town is Place des Moulins, which in the 16th Century lived up to its name with no less than fifteen flour mills. These days its fountain and school help maintain its village square's tranquility and charm.
This is one of the most peaceful markets in Marseille; no hustling or bustling while trying to make your way around all the different vendors! At the entrance, near Castellane, you will see the fruit and vegetable stalls and further down, there is a fairground. This market is open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8a to 10p. On Fridays, there is also a flower market.
At the heart of the commercial center of "la Valentine" on the outskirts of Marseille, this large shop attracts a certain kind of clientele with its famous, top quality goods. In this Printemps store, you can find all kinds of beautiful things here such as collections from Cacharel to Rene Derhy. There are also dedicated sections to purchase silverware and chinaware. Overall, Printemps is a shop that combines real style with substance.
At the heart of the city center, Centre Bourse spans a multitude of shops that promise absolute retail therapy. It attracts all sorts of people as it has everything from designer stores to small-scale boutiques to hobby and art stores and a lot more. There are of course places to sit, eat or to rest between shops. The regular sales and discount offers running across the mall add to the overall shopping experience. Centre Bourse also has a parking lot that is open 7 days a week.
Everyone knows that you can get anything at FNAC. Take, for example, the book selection: books for kids, foreign literature, comic books, humor, economics, and ethnology. It's perfectly laid out, with a defined area for each category. If you're not much for books, you can check out the movie section, and there is also a place to buy tickets for upcoming events. It's possible to spend hours here, browsing or buying, because prices at FNAC are very reasonable. And in case you change your mind, it's incredibly easy to do an exchange. There's really no need to hesitate.
A massive and newly built center in the Northern district of Marseille, (the view is brilliant!) Grand Littoral attracts all kinds of people, near and far. It has more than 200 shops on only two floors and also the largest "Continent" hypermarket in Europe. Wander around the alleys as you are enchanted by all that's on offer here. If you get lost, follow the maps and signposts of this shopping city. The entire center is open from Mondays to Saturdays, with varying hours within each department.
The Armand Thiery boutique for men, located in the center of the city, offers a simple yet stylish collection of clothes in both the classic and sports ranges. The straight-cut trousers are great for comfort, and the Fair Isle pullovers in either black or grey certainly do the job. In the all-weather range, choose from Italian pinstripe coats, black 4 button suits, ties and an impressive selection of shirts.
This unusual and lovely little shop, with a flavor of the Dark Continent, divides its stock between crafts and jewelry. There are all sorts of wonderful things to buy here: a Tellem rain stick, a Bambara mask, polished bone hair slides and Tuareg sandals, as well as a variety of African pearl jewelry, all providing a rich, authentic framework for the amazing Farafi collection. With a mix of old and new, designs are made from treated natural fibers in a traditional weave with printed patterns in warm, earthy colors.
Hidden in the area around the Palais de Justice, the Marche du Palais de Justice is a flea market that sells antiques and bric-a-bracs. Here one can find vendors offering exquisite handicrafts and curios that will definitely add grace to your living space. Bargain to your heart's content as you shop in the many stalls. The market is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Ideal for fashion-conscious men, Le Showroom is a fantastic store where you can select from a range of garments for casual wear. The patterns are trendy and the cuts and designs flatter all body types. Head here and pick out something that appeals to your taste and rest assured that you would rock the next weekend party.
Come and taste Amadeus, the worthy signature wine of this vineyard, which is located in a small Provençal village situated to the east of Aix-en-Provence, Eguilles. The wines are full of flavour and energy, very pleasant and easy to drink with Provençal country cuisine, which relies on simple Mediterranean flavours. This vineyard near Aix is well worth visiting.
Cothurne is synonymous with trendy shoes and footwear for men and women. The label is popular among locals who enjoy the comfort and the trendy designs. Available in a host of colors and suiting all occasions, the footwear is guaranteed to enhance your look. The store officials are also friendly and helpful in picking out something special for you. The store also specializes in accessories and leather goods, such as handbags and wallets.