Shopping in Make takes as many forms as the city has facets : modernism alongside tradition, high-tech and know-how. Indeed, the main shopping areas in the city centre and in its southern part cater for all tastes : luxury shops department stores, shopping malls, and even tiny eccentric designers boutiques as well as Old Marseille brands in keeping with the local know-how and traditions...
« Le Centre Bourse », one of the most important malls of the town is situated within walking distance of the Vieux-Port. It is the ideal place to shop in a rich and varied way. Indeed, this mall gathers many retailers. Nearby there is the Canebière, which is Marseille’s Champs Elysées. Then the rue St Ferréol, the rue de Rome and the rue Paradis constitute the main commercial zone of the city with local, national and international designers and major brands.
A fantastic shopping place in Marseille, this artery links the Canebière to the place Castellane. There are many clothes shops, beauty products stores, cultural stores as well as department stores (Galeries Lafayette). You’re guaranteed to find what you’re looking for. The rue de Rome is full of any kind of shops, from the travel agency to the videogames stores through clothes shops… It is a must when you’re looking for bargains.
At the heart of the projects of the town center restoration projects, this district awakens thanks to the tramway and to a continuous effort to restore the image of this symbol of Marseille that is the Canebière. From the palais de la Bourse to the Réformés, from Noailles to the porte d’Aix, there is a very local atmosphere for a local shopping. The Centre Bourse is a key place for shopping lovers. 60 shops await you.
Near the Vieux-Port, the district « Estiennes d’Orves » – The Place aux Huiles hosts many art galleries, the « chambre de l’artisanat et des métiers d’art » as well as many ready-made clothes shops. Boosted by the dynamism of local traders, this square is often the place for cultural events.
Parallel to this square, the rue Sainte has become for a few years one of the most fashionable streets of Marseille. It has many concept stores as well as many Marseille famous institutions, like the Carbonel museum of the santons or the “four des navettes” (shuttle oven).
If you look for smaller shops, rendez-vous in the Cours Julien which became a bohemian and alternative place, hot spot for creators.
Le Panier is the oldest district in Marseille. It is the place where regional products can be found : in the rue des Petits Puits and the place des Pistoles there a many workshops of Provençal creations.
Opéra de Marseille - Rue Paradis : Rue commerçante (shopping street)
In the heart of the city, between the Opéra and the prefecture, it is one of the most interesting district for shopping. The rue Davso, the rue Paradis and the rue Grignan attract all Marseille.
This is the ideal place if you want to redecorate your home, to update your wardrobe, to take care of your body or simply to stroll from a shop to another.
There are many markets in Marseille, one of the most famous being the fishmarket which daily takes place on the quai des Belges in the Vieux-Port. It is a real show where the local fishermen compete with each other in Marseille local language.
At the north of the city, chemin de la Madrague, there is the famous flea market of Marseille, this bustling places of the city is daily opened but better bargains are made on the Saturday and Sunday mornings.
You can find everything, mixing the Northern African bazaar and the traditional antique dealer village. There is also a big covered market where many food products, fruits, vegetables, Middle-East spices and specialties are available.
The main shopping areas of Marseille are actually situated outside the city. There are three of them surrounding the town : East, west and North.
The latest, the mall of the Grand Littoral offers a wide choice for shopping fans. Extremely easy to access thanks to the new tunnel of the Major, it is only 5-minutes away from the Vieux-Port. The shops include a large range of ready-made retailers in a modern and spacious setting with fantastic views over Marseille’s bay, the village of l’Estaque and the côte Bleue. (blue coast)
On the east side, the Valentine is very close to the town centre (approximatively 10 mn by car). Situated on both sides on the highway to Aubagne, it offers a very large range of retailers of any kind.
Recently a multiplex « 3 Palmes » has opened on its edge. It is a real movies temple in Marseille with ultramodern rooms and numerous restaurants and gaming rooms.
Finally, the oldest commercial area which is by the way the biggest in Europe is at the north of the city, at 15 km away on the highway to Aix en Provence, it was opened in the 70s by a pioneer, Mr Barneoud.
That’s why today Marseille still love it and don’t hesitate to go there for Sunday outings as it is opens on Sundays for years against all the odds.