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Top Choice Wine in Aix-en-Provence

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 particular attention to Provence. Deeper explorations of the cell…
Top Choice Market in Aix-en-Provence

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 olives, goat’s cheese, garlic, lavender, honey, peaches, melons,…
Top Choice Gifts & Souvenirs in Marseille

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 and a little museum exploring the history of the sport, inclu…
Top Choice Books in Aix-en-Provence

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 thoroughly pleasant tearoom to boot. Look out for occasional bo…
Top Choice Chocolate in St-Rémy-de-Provence

Joël Durand

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

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, jars of homemade fruit jam, hand-collected quail eggs and bou…
Food in Marseille

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 is the address to pick up Marseille’s signature biscuits, th…
Homewares in Marseille

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-stop shop for beautifully made homeware items including Opinel …
Cosmetics in Marseille

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 the case at this little soap maker, which specialises in the g…
Food in St-Rémy-de-Provence

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 Calanquet outside town. Their own olive-oil range takes centre…