Kick off your French shopping spree in the city of Marseille, where you can find traditional Provençal food, wines and handicrafts, as well as the latest fashions and works of art. Reserve a car hire in Marseille for freedom of transportation to all the best shops.
The best shops to visit in Marseille can be found in the Vieux Port and the main shopping district behind. There are also a number of lively open-air markets and modern malls, providing a just the right shopping experience for everyone. Don't limit yourself; with a Marseille rental car you can visit them all!
Open-air markets, part of what makes the city so unique, ring in the mornings here from around 8AM until 1PM. If you want to catch the fishing boats as they unload their nightly catch at the Vieux Port you'll need to head down to the quai des Belges early. It’s an experience to be had - purchasing your own fresh morning fish in Marseille and grilling for lunch.
Clustered around rue Paradis and rue Saint Ferréol behind the Vieux Port you can find plenty of souvenir shops selling locally made handicrafts, as well as Marseille's largest department store, Galleries Lafayette. Come for the brightly colored fabrics as well as Savon de Marseille, a soap that originates in Marseille and which many French women swear by.
The fashion industry in Marseille may not rival that of Paris, but its boutiques have plenty to offer and are becoming increasingly popular. Take your Marseille car rental over to the streets around Cours Julien for dozens of small trendy clothing shops.