Renovated last year, Marseille docks are now the symbol of the city’s new face. It is the most attractive and trendiest spot of the new business area called La Joliette. Catch the bus on the Vieux-Port to discover its industrial architecture and visit its cool shops.
In the 19th Century, Marseille city is becoming big and decides to build the docks on a 10 hectares land sold by the state. The port infrastructures are limited; the Vieux-Port has become too small.
This is how La Joliette becomes the city’s economic centre in 1847. The Docks construction only ends 20 years later, and they represent the biggest docks of Europe at this time. The impressive architecture clearly takes its inspiration from the British docks of London and Liverpool. Until 1988 they are used as port warehouse where the goods wait to be send by train.watch full film 47 Meters Down
At the beginning of the 90’s, construction works start to renovate the docks so they can be used as office buildings. This is “Euroméditerranée” project: to make an important business area of La Joliette, including the Docks. About 200 companies occupy its rooms with more than 3 000 employees. The ground floor hosts trendy shops and restaurants in a surprising (but lovely) decor. Facing the Docks, the shopping centre “Les Terrasses du Port” offers more casual shops.
The new trendy place
This new place for the Marseille youth, hiding many surprises, as its metallic north facade. Fantastic ! Or four courtyards, each with a different architecture and color.
The Docks, opened 7/7 from 10h to 19h (until 1am for bars and restaurants), offers local and national retailers, concept stores, fashion designers, covered food market, premium services and events throughout the year . From Thursday evening, the bars often organize afterworks.
Tips and anecdotes
If you enter the Docks, you’ll be surprised. The decor is quite extraordinary. The five bricks buildings are separated by four atriums making small loggias between walls of 30 meters high.
There is also something magical about the Docks de Marseille…
- They are 365 meters long, like the number of days in a year.
- They have 52 doors, like the number of weeks,
- 7 floors, like the number of days in a week
- 4 courtyards (or atriums) like the seasons!
To read more anecdotes and discover some funny archives photos, click here.
10 place de la Joliette, 13002 Marseille
Open 7/7 from 10am-7pm (1am for bars and restaurants)
HOW TO GET TO THE DOCKS OF MARSEILLE?
- Station Place de la Joliette
- Station Joliette Dunkerque
- Station Joliette (line 2)
- Station Joliette
- Station Euroméditerranée Gantès
Line : 55, 49, 35 et 35 S, 82 et 82 S