Maison Empereur

Hardware Kitchenware Apothecary Homeware Apparel Kids

Marseille Store 4 Rue des Récolettes, 13001 Marseilles, FR


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  • Oldest hardware store in France.
  • 50,000 items from hardware to soap.
  • Steps from the Old Port.

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Maison Empereur is a Marseille institution. Founded in 1827, it is the oldest hardware store in France. 14,000 square feet over three floors showcase a range of 50,000 items including hardware, apothecary goods, kitchenware, toys and games, workwear, and goods from Provence. The majority of the wares are from traditional heritage companies located in France and Europe, some stocked in the shop since it opened in 1827.

For three centuries and seven generations, the Empereur family have run the store. A book published in 2023, outlines the history, traditions and anecdotes of this magnificent institution.

Immerse yourself in this historic shop by staying in the second floor charming apartment available to rent on Airbnb.

"Ali Baba's Cave", as our customers describe Maison Empereur, offers 50,000 items for professionals who need a specific tool, the curious who are looking for the unusual, or browsers searching for the perfect gift."

Photos courtesy of Maison Empereur