Like the Old Town of Lyon, the Panier district in Marseille is becoming a quite artistic neighborhood. As an example of this, one of the stops on our guided walking tour was at the Atelier Celadon.
According to their website, this is an “artistic place of 200 square metres” which includes “two show-rooms and four workshops in which each artist works and teaches his art in an original and personalized space of creativity.”
This atelier belongs to the Espace Celadon Association,which was created in February 2000 as a “partnership of artists” to organize “courses and artistic sessions for children and adults” and to set up exhibitions to help young artists promote their creations.
Next stop on our guided walking tour: Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure
One of the stops on our walking tour of the Panier district was at a traditional specialty chocolate shop called La Chocolatière du Panier, which has been run by the same family for three generations.
My second photo shows just a few of their three hundred different chocolate variations. They say that 180 of these are based on “ancestral recipes of the Le Ray family”. In addition, the current generation likes to experiment by adding such ingredients as olive oil and onions to their chocolates.
Next stop on our guided walking tour: Atelier Celadon
Prado street market may be the biggest street market in Marseille. You can buy all kind of clothes, kitchen equipments and of course some cheap fresh food including seafood. It is very enjoyable to take a walk around the benches and sellers who are shouting "come here, the best....."
How to reach? By metro, stops Castellane or Perier.
Pier Foucou, Bruno Manant and their helpers make LES MACARONS FONDANTS LEOPOLD and also the very sought after NAVETTES MARSEILLAISES, daily, at their bakery which is connected with the Boutique.
These specialities of this FINEST BAKERY are sooooo delicious that I bought some (!) to take home with me....
They also sell an excellent collection of FOIE GRAS and wines and also sell magnificent TEAS....
Of course you can taste this all in their "salon" on the first floor......which I can recommend to you!!
Craving for guaraná? Pão de queijo? Or a pair of Havaianas? Well, if you are in Marseille and can't go to Brazil in a good while, this is the place for you.
This cultural center and shop is run by Sandra, a chatty Brazilian from Natal (northeast of Brazil).
On the ground floor you will find drinks (Guaraná soda, juices, etc), souvenirs, Havaianas, bikinis, gifts. On the basement, you will find food (black beans, tea, cachaça, farofa, DVDs, CDs, t-shirts, etc).
What to buy: Call first before planning a trip to the shop. Sometimes they won't have the product you are looking for, even if it's advertised on their website.
What to pay: More expensive than Portuguese shops selling the same exact products...
The Bourse centre is very large with all types of stores on different levels. there are places to eat and drink. The centre is in the middle of Marseille and open from 09-30 to 19-30. There are 60 shops and 5 restaurants.
Librairie-in-Quarto is an antiquarian bookshop specialising in old books about art and artists, and in books by artists themselves (monologues). Situated just off one side of the Vieux Port, the shop is well worth a visit for all those interested in art and artists. All of the 20th Century "isms" are covered, from cubism to dada, futurism and surrealism.. 19th-20th century modernism is covered in this shop. On one visit there, I was amazed to see a Braque monologue with the cover painted by the artist himself.. and this was not the only example of self-painted monologue covers that I have seen in this shop. The two owners are very friendly and knowledgeable, and one of them speaks english. A must-visit place for those interested in the genre. At time of writing, viewing is by appointment only.
Here you can buy coffee as well as drink coffee.
We stopped for a short coffee break. The coffee was fanstatic delicious and that's why we asked which typ of the many different were served and bought two packs.
It was a mixture from mokka and arrabica coffee. The coffee beans were milled freshly and the smell was amazing!
The torréfation exists since 1932.
What to buy: We were lucky to more or less stumble across a huge brocante just in front of the stadium. It was such a delight to look at the goodies that people offered: from clothes to antiques, from toys to musical instruments! Lots of copper, too!
In the 6th arrondissement where we stayed there were a lot of little shops to buy food and drinks. They were open even on holidays and Sundays and many times until late in the evening. You could get almost everything there, but of course, prices in these small places are usually a little higher! But it is soooooooo convenient!
This is a small factory of boule/pétanque balls. Each and every ball is hand-made, so they are really special! We got a small tour of the factory and then bought some balls there.
What to pay: prices are 80 € up for a set of 3 balls
The santons ("little saints") became popular during the French Revolution (1789), when cribs in churches were forbidden. Inhabitants of Marseille realised "public" cribs. Very soon, each family has its own crib home.
Santons are small personnages made out of clay or resin and painted. Main figures are the angel, the saint family, the animals, the shepherd, the Three Wise Men, ... Important fairs are held in Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Aubagne.
Interesting description at http://www.santonsmarcelcarbonel.com/.
Centre Bourse is situated North and Close to Old Port. It contains many shops like Nouvelles Galeries (part of Galeries Lafayette), FNAC, Habitat, ...
Mon-Sat 10am-7pm. Was opened till 7.30pm and even on the Ascension-day!
Nathalie Rouveyrol and her husband created this magnificent shop of SPECIALITIES.....
You can see, taste and buy many different kind of olive oil (huil = oil) with or without special herbs and other plants/flowers.
You can taste the different oils on a little piece of bread.
When you have made your choice the oil can be put in a bottle for you: fresh as fresh can be.....
Amazing, amazing what they have on offer for us, who find there shop: specialities such as TAPENADES, HONEY, LAVENDER products, soap, bath gels and oh, so much more......you will need some time to take it all in and to decide what to buy......l'embarras du choix ici.......which means that it is difficult to make your choice!
The shop is a feast to visit....
There are 2 addresses where they sell their products:
2, Place Daviel - 13002 Marseille (photograph)
tel. 33(0)4 91 90 05 55
open: daily 10AM - 1PM and 2PM - 7PM
59, rue d'Italie, 13100 AIX-EN-PROVENCE
tel. 33(0)4 42 38 71 77
open: Mondays through Saturdays 9.30AM - 1.30 PM and 2.30PM - 7.30PM
UNIQUE IN MARSEILLE....
This is a very lovely place: the atmosphere is from the 1900s, the terrace faces Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde (Basilica).
Here they have on offer : 65 Pastis and Absinths which you can TASTE and BUY.
They also have: Anisettes, gifts-presentation boxes, accessories and they make it clear that the products are local and of the highest quality!!
This place, l'Heure Verte is NOT TO BE MISSED....
108 Quai du Port, 13002 Marseille
tel.: 0033(0)4 91 90 86 77
and nextdoor nr. 106
tel.: 0033(0)4 91 90 12 73