By Writing Marseilles
Canebière, Old Port… and Noailles. From now on, any good tourist visiting the hypercentre of Marseille makes the detour. Because over the years, the Noailles district has become hype.
Tragic process, since it is since the collapses of the rue d’Aubagne that the district has gradually made a name for itself beyond the borders. In Noailles, new trendy stores are gradually changing the face of the district.
In parallel with this gentrification phenomenon, entire blocks of buildings are still unhealthy. Despite the very powerful networks of mutual aid and solidarity in the district, the social situation of many inhabitants is still very precarious.
Saladin, the king of spices
At a time popular, authentic and multicultural, the Noailles district is now listed in all Marseille tourist guides. Its maze of cobbled streets is the ideal place to let yourself be carried away by the stalls. But do you really know the essential addresses? News Marseille presents five mythical places.
Cumin, Ras El Hanout, spices for paella or couscous… All the condiments you need can be found at Saladin. Not familiar with spices? You can fall back on the thousand treasures of the grocery store. On the menu: tea mix, honey, dried fruits, olives, oriental pastries…
If Saladin is not the only trade to offer these products in Noailles, the leader of the district has the advantage of having them all in the same place, and of quality. Practice !
Saladin, 10, rue Longue des Capucins and 76, la Canebière
Chez Yassine, one-way trip to Tunisia
Is Chez Yassine the best couscous in Noailles? It’s hard to say as the brands compete in their quality in the neighborhood. But Chez Yassine has proven itself, to the point that its purple terrace at the bottom of rue d’Aubagne is always packed.
On the menu, you will find all the culinary specialties of Tunisia: brick or sandwich for a snack to take away, couscous, mechouia and much more to discover on site.
Chez Yassine, 8 rue d’Aubagne
Jiji, the Palme d’Or of souvenir gifts
Wicker bags and rugs, North African pottery and Marseille soap… At Jiji la Palme d’Or, you will find something to delight all your loved ones as souvenir gifts. Driven by its charismatic manager, the brand is also highly followed on Instagram.
It must be said that Jiji bet on the visual: the front of the shop dresses the rue d’Aubagne in all the colors of the Mediterranean. All for very affordable prices.
Jiji the Palme d’Or, 16 rue d’Aubagne
Tam-Ky, the market of the five continents
The Tam-Ky adventure began with a tiny local in 1989 and today, takeover after takeover, the brand covers 500 square meters… Still with the same family at its head. Vietnamese roots obligeyou will find all the products of an Asian grocery store.
But not only: cassava, plantains and other African specialties are also on the menu alongside Mediterranean fruits and vegetables. And to continue the Tam-Ky adventure, go to Gingembre, the family’s bistronomic restaurant.
Tam-Ky, 5 rue Halle Delacroix and Gingembre, 39 rue d’Aubagne
Père Blaize, the oldest herbalist in France
Founded in 1815, Père Blaize’s herbalist is the oldest in France. This institution is a must for all fans of medicinal plants. Inside, you will discover these natural products on period wooden displays.
Significant precision: herbalism is also a pharmacy. It therefore houses trained assistants, able to advise patients on the basis of their medical prescriptions.
Father Blaize, 4 and 6 rue Méolan and Father Blaize
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Marseilles. Saladin, Chez Yassine, Tam-Ky… Do you know anything about the Noailles district?