Shopping in Marseille in Maison Empereur France’s Oldest Hardware Store
Did you know Marseille has France’s oldest quincaillerie or hardware shop?
It really is a must-visit if you are interested in traditional Provencal life. Take the magnificent big hand-graters for instance – just the sort of gadget used in café kitchens many years ago for churning out carrots and cabbage for salads. Then there are traditional crepe pans for sale and Provencal jugs for the table.
Continue reading here for Lynne’s photos and description of Maison Empereur, a unique hardware store in Marseille that first opened in 1827. This boutique is fun for those who like to browse and collect, as each room is filled with treasures for gardeners, cooks, carpentry, lighting, gadgets and much more. You can shop online as well.
4, rue des Récolettes
Open Monday to Saturday from 9h to 19h (does not close for lunch)
Tel: +33 (0)4 91 54 02 29