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This grand thoroughfare — so named after the medieval trade of rope-making — was expanded under Louis XIV and during the Third Republic, flourished as a scene for high society with its fashionable hotels, cafes and departments stores. Once known as the Champs-Elysées of Marseille, it’s still among the most famous streets of Marseilles, though its glory has slightly faded. Close to the Old Port, there are many shops where you can pick up savon de Marseilles or a bag of navettes, the orange-blossom flavored boat-shaped cookie that are a local specialty.