Full of shops, cafés, and some of the city's most important commercial buildings, it's the spot for a spot of shopping - or just a stimulating stroll.

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La Canebière

Marseille's top commercial high street.

Marseille's principal high street and tourist magnet (and a place where you'll want to watch your wallet) derives its name from the city's history as a center for hemp production. The street was built in the 17th century, though it was preceded for seven centuries by the kilometre-long Rue Saint-Ferréol and surrounding lanes lined with shops. Here you'll find the impressive likes of the Stock Exchange, art galleries, luxury fashion boutiques, bookshops, parfumeries, department stores like Galeries Lafayette, and a succession of cafés which make delightful pit stops and resting places during a morning or afternoon of shopping. If you're in the mood for a bit of window (or even more active) shopping and don't mind a bit of hurlyburly, a spin on La Canebière may be just the ticket.

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