Le Marché des Capucins, or the Capucins Market, in the Noailles district, offers fresh produce, arts, crafts and other goods by local vendors in an open-air setting. The outdoor market is a great way to experience local culture and color and just get out on the town for a relaxing but bustling family-friendly day.

Here, you'll be enchanted by the smell of spices wafting through the air as well as the aroma of bakery items and specialty foods. It's a true reflection of the multicultural aspects of Marseille, all together in 1 vibrant and lively marketplace.

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Highlights of Marché des Capucins

The biggest attraction of the Marché des Capucins is the wide range of multicultural offerings available. From North African spice blends and ethnic specialty foods to fresh-baked French pastries and cakes and fresh produce from local farmers, you'll find it all here. In the shops surrounding the market, you can find equally fresh local meats and seafood. 

The entire square is lined by sidewalk cafes that offer an old-world feel and let you experience the full neighbourhood color. Though these shops are separate businesses, they act as and feel like extensions of the market itself and add to the overall experience.  

What to know about the Marché des Capucins

The Capucins Market in the city centre technically only consists of the farmer's market booths in the center of the town square and is entirely focused on produce and spices. That means if you encounter any specials for the market, they may not be honored by the surrounding shops. 

The market is an outdoor affair in a level town square, so it's accessible to those with mobility issues, though the aisles can get crowded and may be a bit narrow. Be aware of this possibility when heading there. Likewise, while service animals are welcome, be aware of the crowds before bringing other dogs along.

Le Marché des Capucins

Location: Noailles, 13001 Marseille, France

Open: Monday–Saturday from 8 am to 7 pm (closed on Sundays)