In addition to traditional goods like santons, pottery, and Provençal delicacies, get your hands on unexpected pieces by young Provençal designers or shop at the source at local companies. You can also try your luck at the new shopping centres.
Crafts, Local Products
High-quality heritage and value
On the list of must-haves from Provence, there are the timeless santon – a speciality of Aubagne, pottery and ceramics. You can also scoop up traditional shawls (boutis and indiennes) at the markets and a cube of savon de Marseille. For the foodie side of things, dig into the vast palette of Provençal specialities : tapenade, anchoïade, saucisson d’Arles, terrine de taureau, olive oil, and Pastis. Not forgetting the sweet treats: calissons of Aix, nougats, navettes, pompe à huile and various candies (berlingots).
Factory Tours, Site Visits
The latest trend
To explore Provence in an authentic, intimate way, head to the oil and wine growing estates, perfumeries, soap factories, cheese dairies, honey producers, and confectioneries. It’s impossible to list all of the region’s savoir-faire here! Excursions off the beaten track, these factory tours and site visits will lead you to surprising discoveries and memorable escapes into the worlds of scents, colours, traditions and history.
Malls and shopping centres
In recent years, Marseille has opened two essential places dedicated to shopping in the Joliette district: the Terrasses du Port, an XXL shopping centre open to the sea, and the Voutes de la Major, focusing on decor, design, well-being and food. Lovers of luxury brands will flock to MacArthurGlen Provence. With its Provençal architecture, this outlet houses over 120 brands that offer items at knockdown prices. Take a trip to Les Allées Provençales in Aix, a modern centre with a market look that brings all the big fashion and decor stores together. Finally, don’t miss the Grande Braderie de Saint-Tropez, which takes place every year in late October. For three days, the town’s shops sell fashion, design goods, and accessories at super low prices!
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Arts and crafts, designers, and local brands
In Marseille, the art and design shops are concentrated around the Cours Julien. This former wholesalers’ market houses young prêt-à-porter designers and antique dealers in a colourful, street art atmosphere. At La Joliette, the Docks Village also gathers together an array of trendy little shops. If you’re in Hyères, nip over to Wallaby Boomerangs – a shop dedicated to flying objects- and to the Atelier de Joaillerie Hélène D, an artisanal jeweller that revamps old jewels. To shop for the famous Tropézienne sandals, go to K. Jacques or L’Atelier Rondini in Saint-Tropez. The little streets of Aix city centre are also teeming with small fashionable boutiques. Those who love bric-a-brac should head to L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, where the Brun de Vian-Tiran factory is also located. In Gargas, in the Luberon, the Mathieu lighting factory restores and creates exceptional lights. Finally, the L’Occitane en Provence Museum in Manosque, promises you a journey through Provençal fragrances.