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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Take In the Cultural Renaissance in Marseille


4. Insider’s Tip

Marseille is famous for its soap, but it's difficult to find an authentically-produced version.  

One of Marseille’s oldest, all-natural commodities has become increasingly harder to find. All across the city, you’ll find shops peddling what they claim is the authentic Marseille soap (Savon de Marseille), but at least 90 percent are imitations that are produced outside of the city and substitute animal fats for the traditional olive or palm oil. Locals know to head straight for the Savonnerie Marseillaise de la Licorne (34 Cours Julien), one of the last remaining soap factories in the region, for the real deal.

Published on Jul 12, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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