Strolling along the market stalls, chatting with the locals and tasting artisanal delicacies. Here you can buy local ingredients to take back to your cottage with private pool. That is part of renting a holiday home in Provence. The real South of France is best experienced at the local markets. Read on and discover the best markets in Provence.
1. Sanary-sur-Mer (Var)
This market was voted the most beautiful market in France. The daily market of this fishing town, Sanary-sur-Mer, is super charming and has an exceptional location. At the port of Sanary-sur-Mer, the market offers a wide range of fresh products every day from 8 am to 1 pm. Vegetables, fruit, fish, bread and traditional products.
2. Nice, Cours de Saleya (Alpes-Maritimes)
In the heart of Nice, within the old city centre, you can find a market that has been going for more than 150 years, every day from 8h to 14h. Here you can buy fresh flowers for your holiday home at the French Riviera, as well as lots of fruit and vegetables. The Nice market is completely surrounded by cafés and restaurants. Ideal to do your shopping and then have a nice lunch, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of market life.
3. Antibes, Cours Masséna (Alpes-Maritimes).
The daily market in Antibes is a covered market, which is also very cosy during the colder days. Every day from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Cours Masséna, opposite the town hall, is a lively market with fresh, seasonal products from the region. Ideal to buy ingredients for the Provencal evening meal in your holiday home with private pool.
4. Cannes, the Marché Forville (Alpes-Maritimes).
The ochre walls of the market hall in the old town of Cannes, is national heritage from the 20th century. Inside, you will find all the scents and colours that Provence has to offer. Fish, fruit, lavender, cheese, but also delicious wines and artisanal olive oil for your stay at Les Pins Tranquilles. But also nice to buy as a souvenir when you return home. Every morning of the week from 8h to 13h.
5. Aix-en-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhône).
Several markets form a trail through the city of Aix-en-Provence, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. In each market you will find yourself in a different world and you can buy different specialities. From fruit and vegetables to clothing and bric-a-brac. The flower market on the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville is a particular highlight. If you are in Aix-en-Provence during the market, try to walk along the colourful flower market.
6. Ilse-sur-le-Sorgue, Le Marché sur les Quais (Vaucluse).
The weekly market in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is one of our personal favourites. Every Sunday, over 260 market vendors come here, spread out all over the town and along the water of the Sorgue. Do you feel like having brunch on Sunday in your holiday home with private pool? No problem. The market of Ilse-sur-la-Sorgue is open until 18h!
7. Saint-Tropez, Place des Lices (Var).
Saint Tropez is certainly one of the liveliest markets in Provence. Every Tuesday and Saturday, numerous market vendors set up their stalls in the shade of the large plane trees. Not only is this a wonderful market for Provençal products, but it also stands out for its stylish clothing and quality accessories. Looking for a new hat for the pool of your holiday home at the French Riviera? This is the place to be!
8. Lorgues, Cours de la République (Var).
The market in Lorgues is certainly not to be forgotten. Rent a holiday home in Lorgues and visit this Provencal market on the Cours de la République. It is one of the largest markets in the Var and takes place every Friday from 8h to 13h. Hundreds of stalls sell regional products such as vegetables, fruit and flowers, as well as household goods and meat products. Buy your delicious aperitif here, to enjoy it at sunset in your holiday home with private pool.
There are of course many more nice markets in Provence. But these remain our personal favourites. Are you staying in a holiday home in Provence or a holiday home at the French Riviera? Then why not do your shopping at one of those little Provençal markets. Your dinner will taste even better and that one accessory will be even more unique!