Soap is having a revival. And while it sounds like a clichéd thing that you might give your grandmother at Christmas, the soap in Marseille is made locally and revered in the region. Every home uses “savon de Marseille” and every tourist case is packed with it on the return journey. You can find the soap in every scent in a lot of shops, but the cheapest place to find it is in the markets (and the quality is just as good). Check out our list here for details on the best daily and weekly markets.
This interesting idea is great for taking stuff home because everything is in a box, already packaged. Marseille in the Box do some great gifts and souvenirs – sardines in a tin, survival kits and jigsaw puzzles. It’s located in the old port and has a great website.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 1.30pm, 2.30pm to 7pm. Saturday, 10am to 7pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Pastis is one of the French national drinks and a great choice for return gifts. Head to the Old Port to “La Maison du Pastis” (The Home of Pastis) to discover what it is, how it’s made, to taste a little and to purchase some for those long nights when you return home.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 7pm. Sunday, 10am to 5pm.
Situated again in the Old Port area (as many souvenir shops are), this little store sells lots of lovely edible items to remember your stay. You can find lots of lovely sweets in tins, great tapenades to have on your bread when you get home (vegetable relishes), bottles of divine olive oils and wonderful chocolates.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 7pm. Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Monday, 2pm to 7pm.