It was Marseille economic centre before the port industry declined. These past years, La Joliette quarter got its prestige back. With the launch of Euroméditerrannée project in the middle of the 90’s, La Joliette (2e arr.) became the most important business quarter of south of France.
La Joliette is now a famous quarter again. With the old docks renovation and the launch of a new mall, no doubt this quarter will grow more and more… See Marseille highest tower (the CMA CGM tower), 145 metres designed by Zaha Hadid, while a second one, La Marseillaise, designed by Jean Nouvel is being built on Quai d’Arenc. Follow Made in Marseille guide to discover our most modern quarter!
Fancy some shopping?
The new mall Les Terrasses du Port (which won the Trophée National de la meilleure création de centre commercial in 2015) and the many cool shops of Les Docks offer all shopping options with big brands and small designers boutiques.
Les Terrasses du Port mall is located three minutes from La Joliette tube station and counts around 190 boutiques. The building also boasts a beautiful balcony with an incredible view of La Joliette port (which gave it its name).
Just cross the street and you’re in a completely different atmosphere: this is Les Docks Village. Located in Marseille old docks, the inside building itself is a must-see. Small designers, fancy shops and local restaurants offer a different kind of fashion.
To reach the Vieux-Port from La Joliette, just follow rue de la République. You will find about 200 shops! It’s one of Marseille emblematic streets with Haussmannian style buildings.
Gourmet break in Joliette quarter
Les Docks covered market recently opened with Mediterranean traditional products. It’s located opposite to Le Silo in Atrium 10.8 (building’s north entrance). The market is open everyday , you will find a wine shop, a beer shop, a coffee roaster shop… And of course a butcher, charcutier, épicier, fromager, pâtissier, a rotisserie, and a corner with fresh pasta.
Talking about Provence specialities, the famous shop Le Four des Navettes is located in Les Docks (RDC Haut N°128). The first shop opened Saint-Victor quarter in 1781 – actually Marseille oldest bakery! This bakery is well known for its delicious navettes, orange blossom flavoured biscuits to which Marseillais and touirsts are completely addicted…
In the Docks, there are also many restaurants. If you like crêpes, stop at l’Ambassade de Bretagne (RDC Bas N°6). The restaurant follows the Breton local tradition using fresh products to prepare “galette” and crepes. And you can even buy some products like jams, ciders, salted butter caramels in the small boutique.
Going out in La Joliette
Le Silo (35 quai du Lazaret) concert hall is located in La Joliette and offers theatre plays, classical concerts or ballets. Le Silo got its name from its building that used to be a cereals silo. Renovated in 2000, one part of the building is used as office rooms and the other is a concert hall, whose style is inspired by Italian theatres.
If you’re looking for a trendy spot to have a drink, go to the White Rabbit bar (23 quai de la Joliette), just behind La Major cathedral. Rock’n’roll lovers will appreciate the bar atmosphere and music. It offers a great diversity of beers (tap and bottles) and excellent cocktails.
During spring and summer, enjoy a night out on the Terrasses du Port rooftop (9 quai du Lazaret). With eclectic music, a small food service and a magical site (panoramic view), it’s Marseille « place to be ».
Just outside of La Joliette, another popular and trendy spot is the Palais de la Major (2 place Albert Londres). Apéro time from 7pm followed by a theme night.
As for Jazz lovers, they will head to Saint-Lazare quarter, right next to La Joliette. Le Cri du Port (8 rue du Pasteur Heuzé, 3ème) is focused on jazz music and is not only a concert hall but also a creation and sound recording place.
Walk to Le Panier and the Vieux-Port
From La Joliette, you can directly reach the Vieux-Port and Le Panier by foot. Follow boulevard du Littoral towards the MuCEM and stop at the Cathédrale de la Major if you fancy to visit this emblematic monument of Marseille.
From there, you are 5 minutes from Le Panier, Marseille historic centre. Its little narrow streets, typical buildings with colourful façades are definitely to be seen.
Then you can go to the MuCEM, Marseille national museum or reach the Vieux-Port to enjoy a walk on the port or a visit to the city centre (more shopping!).