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10 Top Markets in Provence

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Updated: 10 July 2017
Provence is home to a wide variety of markets that sell everything from local produce, fish, flowers, and antiques. Here are 10 of the top markets in Provence for locals and tourists alike to frequent whether they are searching for groceries, gifts, or other goods to purchase.
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Marché Aux Fleurs (flowers, food, and antiques)

The flower market on the Cours Saleya has been there since the late 1800s. Originally meant for local wholesalers who would sell their flowers that were then sent all over Europe by train, this market is just for locals and tourists nowadays. Shoppers can find everything here—organic fruit and veg as well as flowers and local foods. It’s a place to have lunch or a cup of coffee watching the world go by and tasting all the delicious treats. Go on Mondays for the antiques market.

Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 8am-5pm; Sunday from 8am-1pm

Marché aux Fleurs, Cours Saleya, Nice, France, +33 04 92 14 46 14

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Marché Capucins (spices and African foods)

Marseille has a rich-African heritage, and this market is the place to buy everything that not normally found elsewhere as well as local produce like olives. It can be a bit intimidating, but well worth the visit.

Opening hours: Monday-Saturday from 8am-7pm

Marché Capucins, Metro Noailles, 5 Rue du Marché des Capucins, Marseille, France

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Marché au Poisson (Fish Market)

Those looking for fresh fish or just to peruse the local catch and watch the fishermen sell the ingredients for a good bouillabaisse, the local fish soup, this is the place to go. It’s been here since the early 1900s. It’s best to get there early when it opens at 8 am.

Opening hours: Daily from 8am-1pm

Marché au Poisson, Le Vieux Port, Marseille, France

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Sunday Market (antiques)

Visitor numbers prove that this market is one of the most popular in the whole of France. L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is on the river and a great place to wander through the different antique stalls (“brocante”). Stop for lunch after buying some great and unusual gifts to take home.

Opening hours: Sunday from 6am-6pm

Antiques Market, Quai Jean Jaurès, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France


Mega Vide Greniers (antiques, household, and clothes)

The French love “vide greniers“, which means to “empty your loft”. It’s a good opportunity to wander through other people’s lives and have a look at what they’re selling. It’s by the hippodrome in Marseille and held every Sunday.
Opening hours: Sunday from 7am-3pm

Daily Food Market

People come from far and wide to taste everything at the food markets in Aix en Provence, but the one in Place Richelme is the most reliable and loved by locals. Everything from fresh bread to local flowers and seasonal vegetables can be found here. For non-food items too, go on a Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday to experience the larger market at the big-fountain roundabout in La Rotonde.

Opening hours: Daily from 8am-1pm

Marché aux Fruits et Legumes, Place Richelme, Aix-en-Provence, France, +33 04 42 91 90 00

Sunday morning markets in Aix-en-Provence
Sunday morning markets in Aix-en-Provence | © Bradley Griffin/Flickr
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Marché Centre Commercial les Puces (antiques)

Those looking for bric-a-brac in Marseille, head to the flea market. The covered market sells antiques and shoppers can also find food and local produce in the open-air market next door.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30am-7:30pm

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Puces de Nice (antiques)

Puces de Nice is a collection of old antique shops down by the Old Port in Nice. It’s a lovely place to wander round and do a little window shopping for jewellery and household items.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10am-6pm (7pm in June, July, and September)

Puces de Nice, Rue Robilant, Nice, France

Marché Forville (food/antiques)

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Marche Forville, Cannes, France | James Fenn / © Culture Trip

Marché Forville (food/antiques)

The Marché Forville is a must-see for any visitor to Cannes. On most days, locals sell home-made fruit and vegetables as well as delicious things to eat for lunch. It’s a great picnic stop before heading up to the old town, Le Suquet. On Mondays, they hold the flea market.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 7.30am-1pm; Mondays for antiques

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Tue - Sun:
7:30 am - 1:00 pm

Meal service:

Brunch, Lunch

Atmosphere:

Outdoors
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Marché Avenue du Prado (everything)

The Avenue du Prado is one of the most well-known boulevards in Marseille and every day, there’s a local market along one entire side. It’s the place to find everything at inexpensive prices—food, clothes, and household items alike. Stop in one of the cafés or restaurants for lunch before heading to the beach nearby.

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 7:30am to 1:30pm

Marché Avenue du Prado, Avenue du Prado, Marseille, France