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The bakery’s story 

It’s the oldest bakery in Marseilles, located on the Voie Sacrée (sacred way) leading to the Abbaye Saint Victor. It belongs to the Master Baker Jean-Claude Imbert and his son Nicolas.

The secret of the Navette du Four’s recipe has been jealously guarded for more than 200 years, with the three different families which have owned it since it first opened (1781) keeping the know-how to themselves, handing it down from one generation to the next.

The vaulted oven, built at the end of the 18th century. It is still in use today and helps to provide the incomparable quality of the navettes - which is all it’s used for.

The Four des Navettes is a part of local cultural heritage, its historic value is well-known in the region. What makes it truly special is the fact that the people love their navettes and the rituals which go with them.

Drawn by the delicate scent of orange blossom, how can they resist stopping off at this institution before they head off to the Esplanade de Saint Victor to gaze out at the sublime vista of the entrance to the Vieux Port?