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The 5 Best Markets in France

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Written by Amélia Wallaert

Have you heard about the traditional French markets or the “vide-greniers” (empty attics) of France?

Here are my top five markets in France that I have compliled for you, hoping you will have a great time there.

Apart from visiting museums, monuments and wandering around a city, it is fascinating to discover the culture and the habits of French people. You will notice that markets are an integral part of French life. France is renowned for its gastronomy, and the French are always looking for the freshest products: vegetables and fruits, local produce and flowers.

Have a lively encounter by dropping by a or two market during your trip in France. It is as much a social tour as a shopping trip. 

 Marché aux puces de Clignancourt - St-Ouen Flea Market

140 rue des rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen (North of Paris) 

Opened on Saturday – Sunday – Monday

This market has a national reputation and is considered to be one of the largest flea markets in the world. It is divided into 14 small markets, each of them having its own speciality - antiques, clothes, jewellery, books, records and more.

Looking for a gift for a friend or a relative? Like to browse through a large range of objects and styles from France? This is a shopping highlight in Paris with over 200 stalls and shops.

 

Marché aux Fleurs de Nice - Flower Market in Nice

Cours Saleya, 06300  Nice

Every day except Monday

One of the best attractions of Nice, the best day to visit is on Sunday to experience this authentic market and discover the full range of flowers and fresh produce.

Sheltered by colourful tents, you will be carried away by all the scents from the flowers: multicoloured geraniums, roses, camellias and gardenias. A visit to this market will allow you to discover hundreds of varieties of flowers from Provence and the French Riviera while exploring the heart of the city.


Marché de Carpentras (Vaucluse)

Allées Jean Jaures, 84200 Carpentras

Every Friday Morning

This is a typical Provencal market where the fragrances and colours of Provence meet each other. Interested in local products called “produits du terroir”, fresh produce and local crafts?  Then, this is the market for you.

From November to March, discover the black diamonds from this region: the truffles and look for recipes to make delicious meals.


Marché des Halles à Sète (Hérault)

Rue Gambetta, 34200 Sète

Every morning

Discover all the flavours and delicacies of the Mediterranean Sea. 75 local producers will amaze you with delicious, fresh local produce. Well-known for its fish, people come from Montpellier or even Marseille to place orders at the Halls of Sète.

It has an authentic atmosphere, magnificent stocks and is a lively trade fair.


Marché d’Apt (Vaucluse)

City Center, 84400 Apt

Saturday morning

This is one of the oldest and most animated markets of Provence and has been delighting vistors since the 12th century.  In 1996, the market received the title of “marché d’exception français” (Exceptional French market) thanks to its ambiance, longevity and originality.

Capital of candied fruit, stroll along the numerous stalls gathered for this Provencal market.