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Maison Empereur : travelling back in time

Maison Empereur is a DIY and household goods store located in Marseille, a few hundred meters north of the Old Port. An institution, opened in 1827. And a paradise for all lovers of household items, DIY and vintage French objects!

It is the ideal place to stroll before reaching Marseilles airport. The Mucem (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations) is not far away: It is best to park there, enter the museum and reach the café terrace on the first floor. Cross Fort Saint Jean and go down to the Old Port. Take the opportunity to try our favourite restaurant, Le Poulpe. The Emperor House is not far from there.

Enter this department store with its old-fashioned atmosphere, where time seems to have stopped… and wander around. The staff is there to advise you in all areas.

The aisles are narrow, customers often find themselves chatting to each other. It’s the kind of place where you end up buying things you didn’t know you needed. Don’t be surprised to leave with a metal meat grinder. Or maybe a cake tin in the shape of an Eiffel Tower?

Consider defining a rallying point, because the person you came here with will follow their own path. The store offers a selection of fabrics, Marseilles soaps, DIY, lighting and cooking  items, toys, knives, a museum and a tea room.

You can find all the classic French brands, and the selection of products is deliciously retro: you can easily imagine them having been used by your grandparents. Some objects are perplexing: it is sometimes difficult to guess their use.

Why not take the experience a step further and book their Airbnb apartment in the same building? Treat yourself to a timeless night, a candlelit bath, behind the blinds of this old, typically Marseilles-style building…

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