Maison Empereur is a store in Marseille, a short walk from Le Vieux Port north along La Canebière. Founded in 1827 by Eugène Bolfras as a quincaillerie, a hardware store, it is now run by the seventh generation of the same family.  The shop moved to its present home in 1845 and has since spread across several buildings selling kitchen goods, household decorative items, toys, clothing and much more. The quirky old buildings are like a maze, full of treasures from times past and present.
The hardware section continues to this day, with an expanded range of cutlery and cookware. Upstairs the toy department offers a wonderful selection of old-time metal cars, dolls houses and games. You may find bathwear, shaving equipment, Marseille soaps and even moustache brushes. Across a side-street there is a range of clothing, in the timeless styles of the Camargue.
The store website is HERE and there are more photos HERE. A fossickers delight, Maison Empereur is the ideal place to spend a rainy day.