Marseille Shopping, the new on-trend experience!

Marseille has a new shopping experience on offer thanks to its customer catchment area of 1.5 million people and 14,000 shops. It is divided into three areas: the City Centre, the Valentine in the east and Grand Littoral in the north.

Marseille shopping centres are increasing their range of services, and the results are clear to see:

  • Marseille city centre boasts more than 4,500 stores and generates a turnover of 760 million euros.
  • The Valentine has 400 stores and a quality offer focused on household goods, culture and leisure.
  • Grand Littoral welcomes over 10 million visitors a year.

©Camille Moirenc

To successfully modernise its shopping offer, the City of Marseille has attracted over one billion euros of trade investments over the past ten years. This proof of investor confidence is also reflected in the implementation of development projects:

– Repurposing of the historic Galeries Lafayette building in Saint Ferréol street

– 1 residence – The Babel Community on the 2nd to the 7th floor with over 120 connected apartments, 13 of which are co-living spaces

– 1 co-working space with 100 workstations over 730 m² on the 6th floor

– 1 gym over 200 m² in the basement

– Shops on the ground floor and first floor with an area of 3,500 m²

– 1 roof terrace restaurant over 340 m² on the 7th floor

– Delivery: 2020

Architecte : Gautier Conquet – Perspectiviste : M Boudier – Image d’illustration non contractuelle


– Building two cinemas :

  • “Artplexe” in the heart of the city in La Canebière

– 7 screens

– 850 seats

– 1 bar on the ground floor

– 1 lounge bar and panoramic roof terrace restaurant

– Delivery: 2020

  • “Europacorp la Joliette” (Groupe Pathé/Gaumont)

– 14 screens

– 2,803 seats on an area of almost 12,000 m²

– 70 screenings each day, including some like at Pathé La Villette in total immersion under the 4DX standard. This technology was developed in Korea, and in France it can currently only be seen at the Science and Industry museum in Paris – it plunges the viewer into the heart of the action thanks to equipment combining seat movements and sensory effects such as wind, rain, storms, fog, smells and light synchronised with the film on the screen.

– Delivery: March 2019

Together with all its partners, the City of Marseille has also launched the dynamic “Ambition Centre-Ville” to implement a series of concrete actions to amplify the metamorphosis of its city centre, which has already benefited from major investments.

In recent years, the city centre has benefited from major investments, including the redevelopment of the Old Port, the renovation of the pavement and public lighting in rue Saint Ferréol, and the redevelopment of rue de Rome as part of line 3 of the tramway, and, most recently, the beautiful rue Paradis project that was delivered in December 2017.

The redevelopment of public spaces in the city centre is reaching a new stage: major renovation works will be launched at the end of 2018 and will finish in 2020.

At the same time, with the financial contribution of the Departmental Council of Bouches-du-Rhône, the City of Marseille has embarked on an extensive programme to renovate the buildings in the city centre along with homeowner subsidies.

The City now also wishes to support an active policy of diversification of the activities present in its centre, be it through food businesses, cultural and leisure businesses, craft activities, galleries, daily services, etc.

To this end, the City has adopted various intervention tools to gradually control a few commercial premises in priority sectors with the financial assistance of the Departmental Council of Bouches-du-Rhône and then be able to offer them to entrepreneurs with interesting commercial or craft projects.

It has set up a perimeter to help protect crafts and trade, which allows fast access to leases and business funds. The commercial preemption right has been applicable since 17 July 2017.

The City also wishes to occasionally intervene through the acquisition of commercial premises considered strategic thanks to the reinforced urban preemption right.

Finally, the City of Marseille has made promoting its territory a major focus of its ambitious policy.

This is why it is taking part in MAPIC 2018 in Cannes between 14 and 16 November for the 17th year in a row.

Marseille will unveil the advantages of its economic development at its stand located in the Riviera area (R8C19).

The City of Marseille’s participation in this trade show has helped to gradually establish a new image for the Marseille area. It has provided a platform to showcase its commercial dynamic and its numerous assets. It has also helped to convince several big brands of the importance of having a location in Marseille – examples include Scotch&Soda, le Petit Souk, Sunchild and Samsung.

MAPIC visitors are invited to come and live the Marseille experience at its stand thanks to a series of events and entertainment highlighting the gastronomy of the area.

Programme of events


City of Marseille Stand – Espace Riviera 8 – Stand R8C19

Wednesday 14 November from 2 p.m.

Come and taste our 100% Marseille ice cream

Thursday 15 November from 1 p.m.

Come and excite your taste buds with Chef Emmanuel Perrodin

Thursday 15 November from 5:30 p.m.

Afterwork – Cocktail bar by Ben Colombani

Have your Marseille experience immortalised throughout the day on Thursday 15 November

A photo booth is available all day!

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Johannah Cantwell

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