The marchés in France are generally open air markets, a place to shop for your fresh groceries. We prefer to buy meat, fish and produce there rather than in the supermarkets. The marchés are fabulous, free entertainment, good for shopping and for people watching. Sit in one of the cafés next to a market and while away the morning. The Provence has probably the best markets in France. Here is a practical guide as to where, when and what. Most open air markets are farmers markets, a retail market where you can buy vegetables, fruits, cheeses, meat and poultry, sausages, spices, candied fruits, nougat and flowers. The larger Marché Provençal offers all of the farmers markets' products plus clothing, shoes, linens, pottery and many other useful and not so useful Provence knickknacks.
Here are our favourite markets (in alphabetical order):
- Aix en Provence, the various markets are well integrated into the historic town, great place to sit and watch.
- Carpentras, one of the largest in France and in existence since 1155. Huge, bustling, wonderful! If you don't find what you need here then what?
- l'Isle sur la Sorgue, visit the Sunday morning Provençal market, the over 300 antique shops and the many itinerant brocantes (selling not so old antiques).
- Nice, a colorful array of markets, the fish market, old books market, the farmers market and the most famous of all, the Marché aux Fleurs, the flower and produce market.
- Vaison la Romaine, huge Provençal market, one of the best places to shop for Provence bric-a-bracs.
Now, here is the list of the markets in the Provence - to the best of our knowledge, no guarantees.
Our top choices:
|Aix en Provence||Les Grand Marchés: each Tues, Thurs & Sat (9:00AM - 12:30PM), large Provençal markets on Place des Precheurs, Place de la Madeleine and the Quartiers d'Encagnane and Jas de Bouffan. Magnificent!
Marché Place Richelme: a local producers market on Place Richelme near the city hall, daily 9:00AM - 12:30PM
Marché aux Fleurs: Tues, Thurs & Sat on Place de l'Hotel de Ville
Brocantes Market: not so old antiques, Tues, Thurs & Sat on Place Verdun near the Palais de Justice
Marché aux Livres: old and used books, 1st Sunday each month on Place de l'Hotel de Ville
|Arles||Marché Provençal: Saturday morning on Blvd. des Lices and Blvd. Clémenceau, really worthwhile!
Wednesday morning: small green market on Blvd. Emile Combes
|Avignon||Marché aux Fleurs: flower market on Place des Carmes every Saturday morning
Marché aux Puces: flea market on Place des Carmes every Sunday morning
Marché couvert dans les Halles: daily market (except Monday) in the (butt ugly) market hall but great place for gourmets
Marché des Remparts: crafts market on Ave. du 7ème Génie each Saturday morning
|Carpentras||Marché Provençal: Friday morning, its huge with over 350 stalls continuously in existence since 1155 - really worthwhile!
Marché aux Truffes: Friday morning in front of the Hôtel Dieu from last Friday in November to early March - worthwhile taking a look, but don't buy unless you are an expert!
|l'Isle sur la Sorgue||Marché Provençal: farmer's market and Provence knickknack Sunday morning - a great place to sit in a café and do people watching!
There is a smaller farmer's market Thursday morning
|Mornas||Marché aux Puces: huge flea market next to Rte.N7 (north of Orange) every Sunday from 11:00AM onwards|
|Nice||Marché aux Fleurs: a colorful flower and produce market on Cours Saleya daily (6:00AM - 5:30PM) except Monday and holidays. Remember Grace Kelly & Cary Grant in "To Catch a Thief"?
Marché aux Poissons: daily except Monday 6:00AM - 1:00PM on Place St François
Marché à la Brocante: market for antiques and newer used stuff every Monday (except holidays) on Cours Saleya (7:30AM - 6:00PM)
Marché Artisanal: paintings, crafts and kitsch on Cours Saleya every night during the summer 6:00PM - 12:00PM
Marché aux Livres: old/used books fair, Place du Palais de Justice on 1st & 3rd Saturday each month 8:00AM - 6:00PM
Marché aux Cartes Postales Anciennes: old postcards, Place du Palais de Justice, last Saturday each month 8:00AM - 6:00PM
|Ste.Cécile les Vignes||Marché Provençal: on Saturday morning, a charming market, with just the right size and that "neighbourhood feeling"|
|Vaison la Romaine||Marché Provençal: huge market each Tuesday morning for farmers produce and all sorts of Provence knickknack, second only to Carpentras in size, great people watching event!|
|Velleron||Great place to buy fruits & veggies directly from producers. Located just north of l'Isle sur la Sorgue. Heavily frequented by locals who shop for fruits here to make marmelades and jams.
April - October: Mo-Sat 6:00PM - 8:00PM
rest of year: Tue,Fri, Sat 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Other markets we recommend:
If we only mention the market day next to the location, then it is a regular open air farmers market.
|Apt||Saturday and Tuesday morning from June to October|
|Aups||Marché Provençal: Saturday morning farmers market Wednesday morning|
|Auriol||Thursday and Saturday morning|
|Beaumes de Venise||Tuesday morning|
|La Begude de Mazenc||Tuesday morning|
|Bouc Bel Air||Thursday and Sunday morning|
|Buis les Baronnies||Wednesday morning and (small) Saturday morning|
|Callas||Marché Provençal: Saturday morning|
|Caumion & Robion||Thursday morning|
|Châteauneuf de Gadagne||Wednesday morning|
|Châteauneuf du Pape||Medieval market, 1st weekend of August|
|Cogolin||Wednesday and Saturday morning
Friday morning (June 15 - Sept. 15): Marines de Cogolin
|Coustellet||Sundays in summer|
|Eguilles||Tuesday and Friday morning|
|Fontvieille||Monday and Friday morning|
|Fuveau||Monday and Thursday morning|
|Gardanne||Wednesday, Friday and Sunday morning|
|Gréasque||Tuesday and Friday morning|
|Hyères||Place de la République: Tuesday morning
Avenue Gambetta: Saturday morning
Place Vicomtesse de Noailles: bio market Tue, Thurs, Sat morning
|Lambesc||Tuesday and Friday morning|
|Maussane les Alpilles||Thursday morning|
|Menton||Gare Routière and Port: daily, mornings only|
|Merindol (Luberon)||Wednesday morning|
|Mollans sur Ouvèze||Saturday morning|
|Monaco||Marché de la Condamine: near railway station, daily
Ave. Saint Charles: daily, closed for lunch
Place d'Armes: daily, mornings only
|Monteux||Wednesday and Saturday|
|Montbrun les Bains||Saturday morning|
|Mormoiron||Sunday morning from April 1 - December 31|
|La Motte Chalencon||Monday morning from July 1 - August 31|
|Moustiers Sainte Marie||Marché Provençal: Friday morning|
|Nyons||Thursday morning and a small market Sunday morning from June - September|
|Pernes les Fontaines||Saturday morning|
|Pertuis||Wednesday and Saturday morning|
|Richerenches||Marché aux Truffes: truffles market on Saturday morning from November to March, no need to go! Why? Click here.|
|La Roque d'Anthéron||Thursday morning|
|Serignan du Comtat||Wednesday morning|
|St.Paul Trois Château||Tuesday morning|
|St.Rémy de Provence||Wednesday morning|
|St. Saturnin les Apt||Tuesday morning|
|St.Tropez||Tuesday & Saturday morning|
|Suze la Rousse||Friday morning|
|Le Thor||Wednesday and Saturday morning|
|Valréas||farmers market on Wednesday morning
Marché aux Truffes: Wednesday mornings November to March