Where to shop in Marseille's Vieux-Port?

Embodying the heart in action of Marseille at the foot of the Canebière, the Vieux-Port is an ideal place to align tourism and shopping during your vacation. Between temporary markets, souvenir stores and commercial signs, you’ll be spoilt for choice. What will you fall for?

Markets on the Vieux-Port

Every morning, on Marseille’s quai de la Fraternité, a fish market takes place on the Vieux-Port from 8am to 1pm. It’s a chance to discover (and buy) seafood freshly caught overnight. Formerly known as La Criée, this is a direct sale from fishermen to consumers. Thanks to its strategic location, this market is a real attraction for visitors who love to photograph the stalls of fish merchants filled with mackerel, sole and octopus. During your shopping spree on the Old Port, you can’t miss this must-see!

From June to September, the summer market enlivens the north shore of the Old Port, on which sheds unfurl from 10am to 10pm (or 8pm, depending on the days and months during which it takes place). Open all summer long during the day and evening, this market welcomes artisans from the region offering items reflecting the terroir, Marseille’s identity or Provence in general. It’s the perfect place to fill up on flavors and scents, to unearth beautiful colored fabrics, cheap items and accessories for the home or to match with your clothes.

La Canebière

Along La Canebière, Marseille’s most famous avenue, various signs and shops are making resistance. Such is the case of the torréfaction Noailles, open since 1927, which offers a range of coffees much appreciated by connoisseurs, in a retro ambience that appeals to many nostalgics. Such is the case of Maison Empereur, potentially the oldest drugstore in France, which blends tradition and innovation through the products it sells: knives, kitchen accessories, art of living, lighting… For six generations, the family-run chain has seduced anyone shopping around the Old Port.

La rue de la Tour

Renamed in rue de la Mode in 1997, the rue de la Tour is located in the Opéra district. Ideal for your shopping trip to the Vieux-Port, it represents a hot spot for shoppers in Marseille. With its fashion-forward boutiques and designer brands, it appeals to all window-shopping enthusiasts. Among the widespread signs is the maison Casablanca, a women’s ready-to-wear store established since 1985. Every piece in its collection is made in the very heart of the Phocaean city. A historic shopping address not to be missed!

La rue de Rome

Consisting of a large shopping artery with wide sidewalks, the rue de Rome is one of the fashion at low prices districts where young people enjoy unearthing second-hand items at unbeatable prices. Shoes, clothes and accessories, everyone will find the fashionable item that suits them. In one of its adjacent streets, you’ll find a number of historic shops, such as Le Père Blaize, a popular herbal pharmacy established in 1815. The current managers no longer belong to the family of the learned healer, but they continue to share the unique know-how of this genuine Marseillaise institution.

La rue Saint-Ferréol

Commonly called St Fé, the rue Saint-Ferréol links the Canebière to the Place Félix Baret. Many famous brands can be found here, such as Zara, H&M… You can also enter jewelry stores, cosmetics shops and much more. The place to be for shopaholics. Probably the most popular shopping thoroughfare in the Phocaean city, it appeals strongly to the youth who often meet up on weekends.

Le Centre Bourse

If you’re not much for shopping streets, you can head to the Centre Bourse, one of Marseille’s many shopping centers packed with multi-brand names. Located just a stone’s throw from the Old Port, it brings together communities from different backgrounds: local customers, visitors from France and abroad and strollers from the surrounding area. Whatever your tastes and budget, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for among the sixty or so shops and restaurants located here. These include Galeries Lafayette, FNAC, Histoire d’Or, Sephora, Yves Rocher, Columbus, Jeff de Bruges and many others. To round off your shopping spree near the Old Port, you can visit the History Museum of Marseille housed in the mall. A perfect way to combine shopping and culture!