Must-see shopping in Bouches-du-Rhône

  • Cave du Félibrige


    Run by committed oenophiles Francois and Vincent, this trove of rare and delightful bottles aims to cover the many French styles and terroirs, paying…

  • Morning Market


    No spot in Aix revs up your taste buds more than the city’s premier food market, where trestle tables groan each morning under the weight of marinated…

  • Maison de la Boule


    Pick up a set of handmade boules (complete with matching carry bag), plus plenty of other souvenirs of France’s iconic game. There’s also an indoor court…

  • Book in Bar


    Bibliophiles rejoice: this brilliant Anglophile bookshop has a huge selection of English-language books for sale (among works in other languages) and a…

  • Joël Durand


    Among France’s top chocolatiers, using Provençal herbs and plants – lavender, rosemary, violet and thyme – with unexpected flavours such as Earl Grey.

  • The cours Julien Farmers' Market sells organic vegetables

    Farmers Market


    Every Wednesday morning the farmers market along cours Julien squawks with life, colour and accordion music as traders flog mounds of organic vegetables,…

  • Maison Emperor exterior

    Maison Empereur


    If you only have time to visit one shop in Marseille, make it this one. Run by the same family since 1827, France’s oldest hardware store remains a one…

  • Four des Navettes


    Opened in 1781, this is the oldest bakery in Marseille; it's been passed down between three families, and it still uses the original 18th-century oven. It…

  • Malt window



    This artisanal beer shop sells a top notch selection of ales, IPAs, lagers, stouts and the like from across France as well as Canada, Italy, the UK, the…

  • The pink hues of et Moi et Moi

    et Moi et Moi


    Quirky and stylish homewares, kids' toys, patisseries, fine chocolate and even a small contemporary art gallery: there's a surprising variety of delights…

  • Unity Concept Store exterior.

    Unity Conceptstore


    Owned by a designer and an architect, Unity has plenty of suitcase-fillers for the modern aesthete. Painted skateboards by Boom-Art, Pantone coffee mugs,…

  • The Cut & Mix concept store

    Cut & Mix


    Not your ordinary hair salon, Cut & Mix multitasks as a record store, bookshop and event space. Sociable owners Floriane and Christophe even host…

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    Another of Marseille’s fine soap sellers, selling unusual perfumes like chocolate, verveine and aniseed.

  • La Grande Savonnerie


    Soap-making in Marseille has been traced by some to the 14th century, but much of the stuff for sale at the city’s markets is made elsewhere. That’s not…

  • L'Epicerie du Calanquet


    A delectable grocery and fine food emporium, made out to resemble a traditional village shop, and owned by the same people who run the Moulin à Huile du…

  • Atelier du Santon


    Head to the boutique of Santons Marcel Carbonel (within the Musée du Santon) for tiny kiln-fired figures – or santons (from santoùn, meaning ‘little saint…

  • Poissonnerie du Golfe


    Aside from other prizes from the day's catch, Poissonnerie du Golfe is the place for clam-like tellines. Buy a kilo or so of the pink nail-sized bivalves,…

  • UndARTground


    As the street-art daubed walls of this concept store and gallery suggest, it showcases the work of local underground artists. As well as posters by eBoy…

  • La Chambre aux Confitures


    This pretty, orderly little shop sells delicious artisanal jams – including unexpected flavours like gooseberry, lavender, strawberries in champagne and…

  • Moulin Jean-Marie Cornille


    This cooperative moulin (mill) in Maussane-les-Alpilles produces 200,000L of silken Vallée des Baux-de-Provence AOC oil per year – usually sold out by mid…

  • Moulin à Huile du Calanquet


    Brother-and-sister-run olive-oil mill located 4.5km southwest of St-Rémy, with tastings and homemade tapenade, fruit juice and jam.

  • Virginie Monroe


    An adopted Marseillaise, Virginie Monroe creates delicate, affordable necklaces, earrings, brooches and bracelets from bronze, gems, enamel and glass.

  • Espace Anikado


    A hybrid boutique-gallery showcases fashion, jewellery, shoes, furniture and more by local designers. It also hosts Provençal art exhibits.

  • Moulin Coopératif de Mouriès


    At Mouriès, 6km southeast of Maussane, pop in for a tasting of exceptional oils milled at Moulin Coopératif.

  • La Cave aux Fromages


    Thrilling cheese shop with a 12th-century ripening cellar and cheese and charcuterie plates.

  • Le Petit Duc


    Biscuits made using ancient Roman, Renaissance, alpine and Arlésien recipes.

  • Flea Market


    Browse quirky vintage items in one of Aix’s squares.

  • L'Atelier de Jeannette, artisan jeweller in the Cours Julien neighborhood of Marseille, France.

    L'Atelier de Jeannette


    From bold, graphic necklaces to dainty leaf-shaped earrings and bracelets, all of the metal and leather creations from this pretty petite boutique are…

  • La Maison du Roy René


    This calissonnier specialises in Aix’s sweetest treat: small, diamond-shaped chewy calissons, made of almond meal, citrus peel and wafer. They were first…

  • La Maison du Pastis


    A bit touristy, perhaps, but if you’re keen to sample some of 75 different varieties of Provence’s favourite aperitif – the aniseed-flavoured firewater…

  • Savonnerie Rampal-Latour

    Pays d’Aix

    Rampal-Latour's century-old factory recalls the time when soap-making was big business in Salon (now the real manufacturing is done elsewhere, on modern…

  • Poissonnerie du Port


    In a prime position just back from the quai, Poissonerie du Port sells plats aux coquillages (shellfish platters), red mullet, racasse or whatever's been…

  • Compagnie de Provence


    For cosmetics and artisanal soap, au naturel or scented with olive oil, fig or wilder Provençal fragrances, hit this iconic savon de Marseille (Marseille…

  • Navette des Accoules


    Baker José Orsoni specialises in making the city’s signature biscuits, the orange-perfumed navettes de Marseille, as well as macarons and canistrelli …

  • Les Docks Village


    This vast mid-19th century complex of shipping warehouses, derelict by the 1990s, has been redeveloped and now includes shops, boutiques and galleries.

  • Marché des Capucins


    Located one block south of La Canebière, this multicultural market has around 30 stalls selling fruit, veggies, fish and dried goods.

  • Librairie de la Bourse


    A true trove of maps – whether it's local plans you need, or something more far-flung.