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French Market Stall | © risastla / Flickr
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10 of Montpellier's Best Markets

Picture of Holly Howard
Updated: 6 May 2017
Arouse your senses and absorb the sights and sounds of the southern French city of Montpellier through its many markets. Food, flowers, books, antiques and more will tempt you in the different neighbourhoods. Here are our top 10 markets to peruse.

Halles Castellanes

This is Montpellier’s main – and recently renovated – covered marketplace and inside you can find a little of everything. There is cheese, meats (both fresh and cured), bread and local pastries, poultry, fish, fruits and vegetables, flowers and more. You’ll easily be able to pick up a bottle of local Languedoc wine here too, and the stall sellers are extremely helpful.

Monday to Saturday: 7am-8pm; Sunday: 7am-1.30pm

Marché Plan Cabanes

Historically, this area of Montpellier has always played host to a market, and one was reintroduced at the end of 2016 to the joy of the locals. It is a non-fussy, traditional market where you’ll see every day people stocking up on every day essentials.

Tuesday to Sunday: 7am-2pm

Plan Cabanes, Montpellier, France

Le Grand Bazar

Twice a year – in the spring and autumn – Montpellier plays host to a city-wide market, Le Grand Bazar. In the streets and alleys, stalls are erected by shopkeepers and artisans, selling everything from fashion to furniture to food. Hard to miss if you’re in Montpellier at the same time and worth keeping in mind if you’ve yet to set a date for your city break there.

Marché aux Fleurs

Flower markets are always a delight and Montpellier’s Esplanade Charles-de-Gaulle couldn’t be a better host. Four lines of plane trees shade the wide promenade which, on Monday to Saturday from 7am to 7pm, is filled with rows and rows of flowers and plants.

Monday to Saturday: 7am-7pm

Marché aux Fleurs, Esplanade Charles-de-Gaulle, Montpellier, France

Market Flowers | © Kurtis Garbutt / Flickr

Halles Quatre Saisons

In the Paillade district of Montpellier, about 30 minutes from the centre is another covered market, bursting with more regional and local foods and produce.

Monday to Saturday: 7am-3pm; Sunday: 7am-1.30pm

Halles Des 4 Saisons, Avenue de Heidelberg, Montpellier, France

Halles Jacques Coeur

Another covered market in Montpellier, Jacques Coeur reinterprets the traditional building design of market halls with glass and lots of light. If you are passing by or staying in this area and fancy cooking some local favourites yourself, this is the place to head to. Consider the seafood, which is especially tasty given Montpellier’s proximity to the Mediterranean.

Monday to Saturday: 8:30am-8pm; Sunday 8:30am-4pm

Halles Jacques Coeur, 515 Boulevard d’Antigone, Montpellier, France

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Marché des Beaux-Arts

This is a quaint little market in the Beaux-Arts neighbourhood of Montpellier. There are just a handful of stalls in this local affair and what we really love are all the cafes on the edge. Do a spot of shopping and then find a table and have a morning coffee. Very français

Monday to Saturday: 7am-1pm

Marché des Beaux-Arts, Place des Beaux Arts, Montpellier, France

Comédie des Bouquinistes

On the fourth Saturday of each month, you can peruse old books and magazines at this traditional book market. Weather depending, the stalls are up all day; perfect for a morning stroll or an afternoon wander by.

Comédie des Bouquinistes, Rue de la Loge, Montpellier, France

Marché Paysan d’Antigone

For the past 17 years, every Sunday morning, the Antigone farmers market is held on Avenue Samuel de Champlain. You can find everything from fruits and vegetables and flowers, to seasonal products such as chocolate treats around Easter and artisan oils, vinegar, honeys and more.

Sunday: 8am-1pm

Marché Paysan d’Antigone, Avenue Samuel de Champlain, Montpellier, France

Marché des Arceaux

Last, but most certainly not least, is the organic food market of Arceaux. The setting for this market is gorgeous, running along the arches of the Arceaux aqueduct, hence the name. Mounds of olives, tomatoes tumbling onto tomatoes and bread that you can smell stalls away. There is always hustle and bustle here, but at a delicious Mediterranean pace.

Tuesday and Saturday: 7am-1pm

Marché des Arceaux, Boulevard des Arceaux, Montpellier, France