Marseille is my hometown. This is where I was born, where I grew up, where most of my memories from the past 21 years are. I have mixed feelings about this city. On one hand, there’s some dazzling landscapes and unexpected places but on the other hand it has a tremendous lack of excitement.
The city is busy at weekend especially Fridays and Saturdays but it seems like the city is asleep during the rest of the week. Even though I knew that since the beginning (as I’ve been living there for years), it became even more obvious since I moved to London.
They say there’s no place like home and I have to admit that I had some of the wildest moments in this city, whether I like it or not.
If you’re coming here for fashion, especially high and edgy fashion, pass your turn. It’s quite a shame but the city offers a very few places for a quality shopping. Of course you’ll find plenty of Zara and H&M (however you still might end up disappointed if you’re used to the Oxford Circus-like stores), but finding some Versace is nearly impossible. However there’s a Kenzo store, not much frequented and that’s one good thing because you can find every collection (from ‘The Eye’ collection to the permanent one or even the now classic Tiger). Even during the sales, there are still plenty of sweaters and pants that usually go in seconds in Paris or London. Just so you know, Armani, Hermes and Vuitton are also in town.
But, yes there’s a but, if you like to party, want to spend some wild nights among the fashionistas/hipsters/local dandies, this is it. Again, Marseille is going salvaje only during weekends, e.g Fridays and Saturdays (sometimes Thursdays can be wild too).
I still remember those nights chilling out at ‘La Dame Noir’ on Thursdays, near the Vieux-Port, voguing and driving everyone crazy at the ‘One Again’ club near the beach… I spent a part of the summer at these rooftop parties at the ‘Friche Belle de Mai’, mixed with locals and some fabulous tourists I met.
And this is the exactly the vibe of this city. What I truly appreciate are those uncommon places, where you can get lost in the moment, party and live recklessly for a night. Of course there’s hundreds of places like this in the world, but there’s something here that makes you want to do it over and over. Because after the show is over, whatever your state of mind is, there’s this feeling of tranquillity mixed with a bit of melancholy. You’re not dazzled by the stress of your everyday life, routine is not catching you up.
Why ? Simply because life in Marseille isn’t agitated. There’s no rush, people live quietly here, take their time to do things and they do it with coolness and a smile on their faces. Marseille is cool, wildly cool.