Colorful and lively, Provence markets will take you on a picturesque discovery of flavors, fragrances and local products.
Deeply rooted in the French identity, they are indeed much more than a must-see tourist attraction: they belong to the local culture and are the preferred meeting place for the town where people come to chat over a cup of coffee surrounded by beautiful stalls of summer fruit and lavender. But where are the best Provence markets in the region and when are these markets open?
Our list below lets you in on the 10 most wonderful Provence markets:
1. Arles market
- Well-known for its authenticity and diversity, this market stretches more than 1 mile around the picturesque Roman city. Here you will find the famous Arles sausage, local crustaceans, olives and oils, and local wines. Organic food lovers will enjoy a wide variety of products from bread and honey to locally-grown rice and vegetables. True to its Provencal identity, this Provence market sells lavender and herbs as well as the famous Provençal soaps and essential oils.
- Every Wednesday and Saturday from 8am to 12:45pm.
2. St-Rémy-de-Provence market
- Capital of the Alpilles region in Provence, near the charming town of Les Baux-de-Provence, Saint-Rémy invites you to discover its lovely and typical Provence market. Among the sun-filled stalls, you will find local products such as olive oils and local rosé wines.
- The market takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm.
3. L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue market
- Well-known for its 300 antique shops, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue hosts no less than 5 different markets. The most unique of all remains, without doubt, its traditional marché flottant or “floating market” which takes place on the Sorgue river, every first Sunday of August: merchants, dressed in the old-day Provençal outfit, go from bank to bank with their rowing boat to serve their customers.
- Farmers’ markets: Saturdays/Sunday/ Thursdays from 6 am to 2pm.
- Antique/garage sale market: every Sunday.
4. Vaison-la-Romaine market
- Located in Haut-Vaucluse, Vaison-la-Romaine has been hosting the biggest and oldest market in Provence since 1483. With more than 450 stalls in summer, the market’s essence revolves around wine production: you will be able to taste Côtes-du-Rhône and Côtes-du-Ventoux wines in a friendly atmosphere…
- Farmers’ market: every Tuesday from 8am to 12pm
- Organic market: every Tuesday and Saturday morning
5. Cassis market
- Famous for its cliffs and creeks, Cassis hosts a market of about 70 stalls twice a week. Although smaller than others in the region, this market offers a wide variety of products from home-made jams, tapenades (olive paste) and wines… You will also be able to enjoy the local craft such as rattan baskets and ceramics.
- Main market: every Wednesday and Friday from 8am o 1:30 pm
- Farmers’ market: every Saturday
6. Aix-en-Provence market
- To enjoy the Aix-en-Provence market it is better to come in the first hours of the morning before the crowds of tourists. A wander around will lead you to the flower market, dazzling with colours and pungent scents. If you are looking for local foods, do not miss the producers’ market where you can try some succulent goat cheeses or the local delicacy, the calisson.
- Every Saturday from 7am.
7. Maussane-les-Alpilles market
- This market is ideal to find all the tasty products you need to make specialties from the region: quality olive oils, the famous tapenade, honey and jams, lamb from the Alpilles and wines… Many local restaurants and boutique hotels near Baux-de -Provence choose this less touristy market to buy their supplies.
- Every Thursday from 8am to 1pm
8. Apt’s “Grand Marché”
- The Apt market, which has been taking place for 5 centuries, is one of the oldest and liveliest markets in the whole of Provence. You will find no less than 350 stalls during the high season. Free shuttles are available in summer for visitors coming from the surrounding towns.
- Every Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm
9. Le Coustellet market
- This farmers’ market has been gathering about 80 stalls since 1981. The town is divided by a main road that also separates local farmers on one side from wholesalers on the other side…The former will be easily recognisable with their vegetables simply presented.
- Every Sunday morning from 8am
10. The Forcalquier market
- This very popular market is the most important of Alpes de Haute Provence and its tradition dates back to Antiquity. You will find there a wide variety of stalls selling local products, fabrics, clothes etc. If you want to avoid the crowds, join the locals and arrive early in the morning…
- Every Monday from 8 am to 2 pm and every Thursday from 3 pm to 7 pm
The Provence region offers a wide range of markets selling great local products. They will take you on a true journey of discovery of the simple pleasures of Provençal life, its people, its crafts and its food. These Provence markets are simply the best!