French markets typically start around 8 a m. This is when the majority of stalls open up and begin selling their goods. However, some stalls may open earlier or later depending on the day and what they are selling. For example, a stall selling fresh fish is likely to open earlier than a stall selling clothes.
ETAPLES-SUR-MER MARKET, NORD-PAS-DE-CALAIS
Etaples-sur-Mer Market, also known as the covered market, is a large market located in the town of Etaples-sur-Mer in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France. The market sells a variety of produce including fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, cheese and bread. It is open from Monday to Saturday from 8 a m to 6pm.
HALLES DES SABLES-D’OLONNE, PAYS DE LA LOIRE
The Halles des Sables-d’Olonne is a covered market located in the town of Sables-d’Olonne in the Vendée department of western France. It is one of the largest markets in the Pays de la Loire region and is open every day except Sunday.
The market dates back to the 13 t h century when it was first established as an outdoor market. In 1672, a covered market hall was built to protect traders and customers from bad weather. The current building was constructed in 1882 and has been listed as a historical monument since 1975.
The hall is divided into two sections: the main hall which covers 2,500 square metres and houses around 80 stalls selling fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, cheese and other produce; and the smaller “hall du marché” which has around 20 stalls selling flowers, clothes, books and other items.
The market is well known for its fresh produce as most of the stallholders are local farmers or fishermen who sell their wares directly to customers. The atmosphere is lively and vibrant with traders shouting out prices and customers bargaining for goods. There’s also a wide selection of restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy traditional French dishes such as cr pes (thin pancakes), galette s (savoury pancakes) or chou croute (sauerkraut).
MARCH SAINT-LEU D’AMIENS, PICARDIE
The first mention of a market at Saint-Leu was in 1240. In 1419, the market was held three times a week and attracted up to 300 stalls. By 1454, the market had become so large that it was held four times a week. It continued to grow and by 1507, there were over 400 stalls.
The market became so important that it attracted traders from all over France and even from England and Flanders. In 1547, King Francis I granted a charter to the town which gave it the right to hold two annual fairs. The fairs were so successful that they were extended to four times a year by 1560.
Today, March Saint-Leu d’Amiens is still an important market town with two weekly markets and four annual fairs. The town also has many shops and restaurants catering for tourists who come to enjoy the picturesque setting and historic buildings such as the 13 t h century church of Notre Dame de Bon Secours or the 16 t h century ch teau de la Motte Fenelon .
MARCH DE ROCHEFORT, POITOU-CHARENTES
The Marché de Rochefort is a weekly market located in the town of Rochefort, in the Poitou-Charentes region of France. The market is held every Wednesday and Saturday morning, and offers a wide variety of fresh produce, meats, cheeses, breads, and other goods.
Rochefort is a small town with a population of just over 10,000 people. It is located in the south-western part of France, about halfway between Bordeaux and Nantes. The town is best known for its 18th-century shipyards, which were used to build some of the most famous ships in French history. Today, Rochefort is a popular tourist destination for its historic architecture and beautiful setting on the Charente River.
The Marché de Rochefort has been held in the town center since medieval times. It takes place on Place Colbert (formerly known as Place Royale), which is named after Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619-1683), who was born in Rochefort. Colbert was a prominent politician and statesman during the reign of King Louis XIV (1643-1715). He served as Minister of Finance from 1661 to 1683 and helped to establish France as one of the leading European powers through his economic policies.
MARCH DE TOULON, PROVENCE-ALPES-CTE D’AZUR
The Marché de Toulon is a market located in the city of Toulon in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of France. The market is open every day except Monday, and offers a wide variety of fresh produce, meats, cheeses, breads, and other goods. The market is also a great place to find gifts and souvenirs.
CHTILLON-SUR-CHALARONNE MARKET, RHNE-ALPES
Chillon-sur-Chalaronne Market is one of the most popular markets in the Rhone-Alpes region of France. The market is held every Saturday morning from 8 a m to 1 p m and offers a wide variety of fresh produce, meats, cheeses, breads and pastries. There are also a number of stalls selling clothes, books, toys and other household items.
The market is situated in the centre of Chillon-sur-Chalaronne, close to the River Rhone. It is easily accessible by public transport and there is plenty of parking available nearby.
The market has a great atmosphere with many stallholders taking time to chat with customers and offer advice on their products. There is a real sense of community at the market and it is a great place to meet new people and sample some delicious food!