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Artisans and crafts Montpellier, an artistic and cultural city

Arts and Crafts

Shopping in Montpellier means wandering through the charming streets where you can go from a high-class shop to a young jewellery designer, before taking a break at one of the many café terraces.

Sculptors, ceramists, jewellers, ironmongers, stylists… Montpellier is home to numerous craftsmen and women in the Écusson and nearby suburbs, who continue a long tradition.

Along the esplanade, workshop-boutiques designed as artists’ residences allow you to discover the creations of professionals who are passionate about their art.


Arts and crafts have had their own home in Montpellier: The Ateliers d’Art de France association has restored the Chapelle de la Visitation, now re-baptised quite simply La Nef (The Nave), at the bottom of Rue de l’Université.

Beneath the vault, La Nef displays its creations, reflecting the  imagination of artists and craftspeople. Along with the three  permanent areas, there is a boutique for decorative objects, fashion and jewellery; a gallery dedicated to a unique object and a projection / events room. Temporary exhibitions are also regularly organised here.

In the neighbouring villages, there is the same richness: over 1500  artists and craftspeople are at work between the coast and the Cévennes region, dedicated to sometimes unsuspected crafts: feather workers, stained-glass artists, weavers, lamp specialists, fashion, etc.



A stroll through the Saint Roch district leads us to the workshops of the collective of the same name.

Here and there, all through the city, Montpellier hosts artists and craftspeople and gives them a chance to express themselves and introduce their work to the public, both in traditional sectors, such as
ceramics and instrument-making, or in the newer domains that are now joining them.

Such a rich profusion has enabled the city to set up an arts and crafts trail at the heart of the Ecusson district.

On Rue Jacques d’Aragon, Le Monde de Suzette offers unique, one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, and L’Ilot des Arts is a new designer space on Rue Mareschal, focusing on local arts and crafts.