Marseille has become a fashionable city, in addition to the quality of life, the exceptional natural surroundings and cultural heritage, it is also a Fashion city with many budding designers. Any attempt to provide an overview of fashion in Marseille would be pretentious and inevitably incomplete. Marseille has his own Fashion Institut, established by Maryline Bellieud-Vigouroux in 1988, and his Syndicat de l’habillement (garment trade union). A library area specialized in fashion and costumes caters to the requirements of designers, students and professionals. The Mediterranean Fashion Institute provides support for local designers and assists them with their initiatives and promotion.
Overlooking the sea and providing a wonderful place to relax and socialise, with a combination of shops and cultural and leisure facilities, Les Terrasses du Port offers a whole new way to shop. With a food hall, restaurants, big name stores and cutting-edge designers, this is a unique, top-quality mall that creates a totally new shopping experience.
Official Website – www.terrasses-du-port.fr
In the summer of 2014,a new 7200m 2 shopping area with 39 upmarket stores and restaurants opened in the arcades of Marseille cathedral. At the foot of Les Voûtes, the new landscaped walkway will become a site dedicated to leisure, culture, shopping and quality food. It will appeal to visitors at the nearbycultural and tourist sites, given the close proximity of the MuCEM (Museum of Europeanand Mediterranean Civilisations), the Regards de Provence Museum and the Regional Centre for the Mediterranean Sea. This exceptional location, combined with the MuCEM’s presence under the esplanade and a visitors’ car park with 750 spaces, will make the shops and restaurants at Les Voûtes de la Major the most appealing in the whole of Marseille.
Official Website – www.voutesdelamajor.com
The oldest shopping centre in Marseille, located in the very centre of town behind the Vieux-Port, is getting a makeover and being renovated. With a more modern look and 30 000m 2 of retail space, this shopping mall will have nothing to envy the newer centres. The site was completed in the 1st quarter of 2014.
Official Website – www.centre-bourse.com
Near the Opera, the rue de la Tour, also known as fashion avenue, is home to designer boutiques: Zenana, Casablanca, Diable Noir… On cours Julien, the other location where local Marseille designers are to be found (Mme Zaza of Marseille, Fille de Lune, Floh, les Fées Bizar(t)…), visitors will enjoy the pedestrian esplanade with a friendly atmosphere for no-stress shopping. More than 130 shops are open on Sunday in Marseille city center.
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