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 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.
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.
Standing on the Cours Mirabeau is a temple dedicated to crystallized fruits. Nobody can resist the window display, sparkling with sugary and sun-gorged fruits, pastries, chocolate confections and calissons (marzipan cakes) waiting to be tasted. The chorus of young, helpful waiting staff in black and white uniforms gives the place a traditional air, and contrasts with the colorful delights before your eyes. Well worth a visit!
This large general bookstore in the heart of the city centre attracts our immediate attention with its sidewalk display of racks and bins full of used books ( on cooking, art, foreign civilizations etc. Inside, you'll find three floors which contain a wide range of school and office supplies, along with all kinds of books - even the most specialist - all at bargain prices. It's worth noting that secondhand books, including textbooks, are available here (and these may be sold back to the store for cash, rather than exchanged for credit).
This store, which boasts a prime location on the Canebière, just steps away from Rue de Rome, is continuously packed with satisfied customers from morning until night. It sells a wide variety of goods extending over several floors, including cosmetics, clothes, toys and a food section, throughout the day. It offers unbeatable value for money and the efficient staff are always helpful.
Perched above the Noailles district, this seafood specialist sells an assorted catch of fresh seafood in a 500m2 store. The refrigerated stalls harbour the best selection of fish from the Mediterannean coast, caught by local fishermen. Also on display is an incredible array of strikingly colourful African species at prices that would take some beating.
The mass of blue and white on the Canebière is where genuine football mania and profiteering business collide. No less than 5 television screens show loops of advertisements along with anything related to the city's pride and joy - its football team. There is a wide assortment of clothes and gadgets touching on the obsessional for sale, including cuddly toys, board games, Zippo lighters and even a comic strip biography of Papin, with a preface by Bernard Tapie. Practically a second home to supporters of Olympique Marseille.