Maison Empereur is more than just a store, it’s an institution in Marseille, an address passed down from generation to generation.
The business was established in 1827 by François Empereur, an edge-tool maker, making it the oldest hardware store in France.
Since then, the store has always stayed in the family and is now run by the 6th generation.
With almost 30 000 objects referenced, you can literally find everything and anything at Maison Empereur: hardware items, bathroom goods, old-fashioned toys, French staples for the home, kitchen products, traditional clothes and much more….
If you don’t find it here, you won’t find it anywhere!
But it’s not only the great number of references that has made the reputation of the store, it’s also their high quality. Indeed, all the products are selected with great care.
Hours can be spent wandering the store 1 0000 m2 of aisles and perusing goods.
It’s an experience in itself that curious shoppers would love. You’re sure to discover objects you didn’t even know existed but are so clever that you won’t be able to live without them!
Of course, it’s not possible to have a look at everything in one visit. But this is also what makes the beauty of the store. Every time you’ll come back, you’ll find new objects. It’s an never-ending source of inspiration.
It’s also an amazing place to buy presents and souvenirs as you’re sure to find traditional and original/quirky objects for all tastes and also for all prices!
I’ve never left the place empty-handed!
If you’re not planning to visit Marseille anytime soon, you can still have a look at the website. Of course, you won’t find there the atmosphere of the store but you’ll be able to have a look at / order some of the 30 000 references, such as:
1. Candle sharpener
2. Boots remover
3. Brush for hairbrush
4. Meatballs calibrator
If there is only one store you should visit in Marseille, it should be this Maison Empereur! You won’t regret it, I promise.
Maison Empereur (main address)
4 rue des Récolettes
http://www.empereur.fr (in French only)