Marseille has some fantastic markets that sell everything from fish to clothes to African spices. Here’s our list of the best ten.
Marché au Poisson (fish market)
The fish market is the most famous of Marseille’s markets. It began in 1909 in the old port and hasn’t moved since. It takes place every morning of the year, but get there early to be sure to find the fish you want.
Opening hours: daily, 8am to 1pm
Marché Place Jean Jaurès (food, household and clothing)
This is where the locals shop and it’s reflected in the cheaper prices. Place Jean Jaurès is known to the locals as la plaine (literally “the plain”), because it’s the flat part in an otherwise hilly area.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 7:30 am to 1:30 pm
Marché Avenue du Prado (everything)
This is another locals market that takes up one entire side of the large Avenue du Prado (from Castellane metro station onward). It sells everything from food to clothes to household items. It can get busy, so turn up early.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 7:30am to 1:30pm
Marché Capucins (herbs, spices and African foods)
The market in the centre of Marseille is one of the noisiest and messiest but also one of the most interesting. Don’t be intimidated by the hustle and bustle – get stuck in it. It sells everything from food to household items, but it’s noteworthy because you can find lots of fresh herbs and spices here, some that are uncommon to Northern European or American cuisines.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 8am to 7pm
Marché Cours Julien (fruit, vegetables and local produce)
The Cours Julien is an eclectic and interesting place to hang out, and the market is a favourite with people who like to look at the street art and window-shop at the quirky independent stores.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 8am to 1pm.
Mega Vide Greniers (antiques, household and clothes)
Marché Centre Commercial les Puces (antiques)
For over 20 years there has been a flea market here. There’s a covered market selling antiques and bric-a-brac, as well as outdoor fruit and vegetable stalls.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 8:30am to 7:30pm.