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.
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
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.
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
Visitor numbers prove that this market is one of the most popular in the whole of France. L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgueis 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.
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.
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.
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
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