Marseille Saint-Victor by Les Marseillaises
Shopping in the footsteps of bloggers
With its Abbey, its view over the old port and authentic food shops, the St Victor neighbourhood has always drawn the well-informed tourist. As for the locals, it seems that the new generation is becoming more and more interested in these streets that are so full of history; they are flocking here to open sophistically decorated boutiques and food shops.
Abbaye Saint Victor
Place Saint-Victor, 13007 Marseille
One of the oldest, most iconic monuments in Marseille
To understand the charm of this part of the town, a visit to this church founded in the Vth century, is a must. With its medieval military architecture, making it look more like a fortified castle, and its view over the maritime gateway into the town makes this a favourite place for both locals and tourists.
Les Savons de Saint Victor
7 place St Victor, 13007 Marseille
For a handmade souvenir with a unique perfume
In this workshop-boutique a short walk from the Abbey, you will find all you need to be able to take home the perfumes of Provence and perhaps even help make these famous, uniquely perfumed soaps — fruit blossom, flowers, aromatic plants, etc. You will find your souvenir of Marseille here!
Le Four des Navettes
136 rue Sainte, 13007 Marseille
Every self-respecting local has visited, one day or another, the Four des Navettes. For more than 200 years, the secret recipe for the Navette has been closely guarded within the walls of this institution. A visit to this shop is a must and you will leave with the delicate perfume of orange blossom on your lips.
147 rue Sainte, 13007 Marseille
The new farm shop in Marseille.
In less than a month the farm shop “Les Pissenlits” has become a firm favourite in Marseille’s boho district. Camille and Delphine take their mission seriously by only selling locally grown fruit and vegetables (grown within a maximum of 50 kilometres). They also sell cheese and other grocery items from the region.
Casa Honoré / EGG Vintage
121 rue Sainte 13007 Marseille
One of the loveliest home decoration boutiques in Marseille !
After a well-deserved lunch break, we are off to la rue Sainte for a little more shopping. We will start at Honoré Décoration, a boutique selling everything you need for a beautiful home, run by Annick Lestrohan, creator of the Honoré fashion and homeware brand. Here you can find furniture, so typical of the South, made from simple, authentic materials, wood, leather, linen, rattan and china. A short time ago part of the shop was reserved to include Elsa Giribone’s vintage collection. For that guaranteed boho atmosphere!
41 rue d’Endoume, 13007 Marseille
An old bar transformed into a trendy bistro.
Walking along the rue d’Endoume, you will come to La Relève, a bar that had been abandoned until the moment a group of friends decided to buy it. From Monday to Saturday from 8am to 10pm, you can enjoy lunch or a quick snack (marinated anchovies, Botargo, game terrine, etc.) or extend the experience by tasting one of the day’s dishes (filet of sea bream, or a ham shank hot pot, etc.). Food is accompanied by organic and locally produced wines.
131 rue d’Endoume, 13007 Marseille
The region’s starred chefs swear by this bread.
Last year, Pierre Ragot opened the Maison Honoré, his new bakery in the Endoume district. This bakery is somewhat extraordinary because you won’t find any cakes or pastries there. However, every day the baker provides crusty bread using innovative recipes and organic flour, which soon had starred chefs from the region such as Alexandre Mazzia and Lionel Lévy scrambling to place their orders.
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Alpilles, wine and oil in the Vallée des Baux-de-Provence
The Vallée des Baux is famed for its excellent wine and olive oil, so indulge yourself with both! A day in Les-Baux-de-Provence is a chance to get to know the land through the Baux-de-Provence and Alpilles appellations. From Domaine Dalmeran head out to see the mysterious Val d’Enfer which has inspired so many artists. At Mas Sainte-Berthe, take the time to feel the particular stony soil under foot before you enjoy delicious cuisine at La Cabro d’Or. The afternoon is dedicated to olive oil production with visits to Moulin Castelas and Mas de la Dame before finishing up at the Maussane cooperative. Time to hit the road!
Aubagne, in Pagnol country
Pottery and santons aside, Aubagne is also the birth place of French author and film director Marcel Pagnol. Get better acquainted with the cinematic legend by following the Marcel Pagnol 'from Aubagne to La Treille' guided tour or the 'Childhood memories' walking tour. You can also visit the house on Cours Barthélémy where Pagnol was born. And last but not least, the Petit Monde de Marcel Pagnol has recreated cult scenes from his films and novels, from the iconic card game in 'César et Panisse' to the beautiful 'Manon des Sources'.
La Montagnette and its monuments
La Montagnette is a low-altitude mountain in Bouches-du-Rhône set against dry and rugged terrain. It is replete with architectural gems to visit. Start the morning with a visit to the cryptoporticus in Arles. In Tarascon, take a tour of Saint Michel du Frigolet Abbey and Château du Roi René. Next head to Le Garde-Manger for lunch before venturing off to see Daudet's mills. When you reach Fontvielle, you can't miss Château Montauban and the Roman aqueduct. Finish on a high note at Montmajour Abbey.
A story that will make you turn to jelly...
As yellow as sunshine and as warm as a winter fireplace... The quince isn't very pretty, but the people of Provence love it. You could even say that a passion has been born between this irregular-shaped fruit, somewhat resembling a dented, rustic pear and our lovers of jams, jellies and pastes.
Francis lived happily close beside his tree...
Picked ripe from the tree, figs are simply to die for. They can also be scattered on trays and left to dry in the sun for 3 days: "That's the best way to keep your figs all winter – we serve figs at Christmas as one of Provence's famous 13 Desserts," smiles Jacqueline Honoré.
The forerunner of modern art, Cézanne is fittingly celebrated today in his home town of Aix-en-Provence, magnificently portrayed in his work. For the last 40 years, this illustrious painter has been setting the pace for the region's artistic life.
A gourmet treat…
Provence has been famed for its candied fruit from time immemorial. In the early 16th century, the region was fairly impoverished. Fruit grew here in abundance, but much of it was lost every year.