Down the Old Port, past the Theatre La Criee, there are several shops that sell exclusively things to do with ships and the sea. Here is where you can get that sailor's wheel you have always wanted, or art-deco posters of the old shipping companies, or even the famous mariners pullover, the blue and white striped hoops made fanous by Marseillais sailors (and so loved by Picasso).
Do your shopping on rue St. Ferreol, for here is where the best magasins are to be found. I personally love Celio and Celio Sport - i bought my nice orange jumper here. This is where all the major clothes stores are to be found, as wellas Virgin Megastore. It is semi-pedestrianised, and runs off of La Canebiere.
The streets off La canebiere are a wealth of shops of all sorts, some with street stalls. The area gets very crowded, be street wise. A Friendly policeman told me to look after my camera.
Lots of lovely market stalls selling various delicacies and crafts.
What to buy: Soap appears to be the main "local" ware. Have your own names inscribed on a gift set.
What to pay: Inexpensive
For the freshest fish, you have to go down to the harbour and buy it there once the boats come back in.
Marseille is home to the French favourite Pastis. If you enjoy drinking it, try the Pastis shop by the Vieux-Port.
What to pay: The best Pastis starts at 50 euros.
A young wood artisan has his workroom and shop in quarter "Le Panier". He mainly creates unique artisanal pieces of different shape and wood species.
Nice things for decoration.
A wonderful place to spend some time....lost in reading and searching....they have an amazing collection....
What to buy: booksmagazinescdsbooksmagazines etc.....