One of Marseille's most iconic retailers is a beloved mishmash that could take you all day to browse.
Kitchenware, housewares, hardware, gardenware - it's Ali Baba's cave in here.
The Maison Empereur on Rue des Recolettes is one of the most venerable shops in town, still going strong after 185 years, and here once you go in you never know when you'll end up leaving. It opened its doors as an ironmonger and to this day retains that irresistible vintage vibe for collectors, even while renovating and adding lines for gardening, kitchen, and DIY. Here you can find stuff like - just to name a handful of examples - antique coffee grinders or metallic toys; 1950s-style dolls; lighthouse-keeper lamps; old-timey razors; cake pans; and all kinds of wine utensils. It's a little like entering Ali Baba's cave - you never know what exotic items you're going to come across.