Markets in Provence
You cannot stay in Provence without visiting a market. The markets are part of the Provençal’s lifestyle. Farmers markets, local markets, organic markets, weekly markets, truffle markets, agricultural markets, Provençal markets, evening markets… there is something for everyone, every day…. Local products, colours, aromas, flavours, that will awaken all your senses. Strawberries, melons, cherries, tomatoes, olives, creamy cheeses, honey, lavender, aromatic herbs, olive oils, focaccia, asparagus, jams, wines, truffles, but also, Provencal fabrics, pottery, artisanal soaps, plants and flowers, gifts, jewellery, hats…. Again, there is something for everyone so enjoy!
Here is the selection of our favourite markets and a list of markets by day.
Our favourite markets in Provence
L'Isle sur la Sorgue Market - Thursday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
If you have visit this market, we recommend you go there on Sunday. The Thursday market is a traditional farmers market. However, the Sunday one is much larger and much more fascinating. Indeed, the whole town is taken over by market stalls and in particular you will find around 300 exhibitors of Antiquities. L’Isle sur la Sorgue is the European capital of antiques. If you are in the region at Easter weekend or the weekend of August 15, the whole town is closed for the antiques fair with over 500 exhibitors, a dream for Antique-lovers. A few weekends a year there is also a floating market which is worth seeing.
Velleron producers' market: From April to September, every evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. except Sunday
This market is unique and one of the 100 most exceptional markets in France. The secret: direct sales from producer to consumer. Local and artisanal producers come to sell their (small) harvest of the day. You will not find fresher produce because the products were literally picked a few hours before being sold. Each stall is quite small and they only have a few produce for sale, so get there early to have the best selection.
Vaison la Romaine Market - Tuesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
One of the largest markets in the region which dates back from 1483 and takes over all the streets and squares of Vaison la Romaine. Handicrafts, fresh local fruit and vegetables, gifts, clothes, dishes…. Everything is here!
Carpentras Truffle Market - Fridays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the truffle season (November to March).
This market is atypical and worth a detour if you are in the vicinity. It takes place on the same day as the big farmers market so you can kill two birds with one stone. Between 10 and 40 sellers, depending on the crop, gather in the square. It’s almost intimidating…. There are no stalls, but just a few old men in their “Beret” selling their black diamonds. The weighing and paying often takes place on a car bonnet or at the local café, an atmosphere straight out of a movie!
Bédoin market - Mondays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Located at the foot of the Giant of Provence; Mont Ventoux, this market is one of the most beautiful markets in Provence with a very Provençal atmosphere. Fresh local and artisanal products. Your senses will be awakened!
Apt Market: Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Another large market in the region and one of the most beautiful in Provence which has existed since the 17th century. The scents and colours will enthuse your senses. Creamy goats cheeses, seasonal fruit and vegetables, olives, fresh herbs…. But also Provençal products such as fabrics, olive oil soaps, lavender, pottery, jewellery, hats, honey….
Coustellet market: Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
If you prefer a smaller market than that of L’Isle sur la Sorgue, then this farmers market is for you. Close to Gordes, you will find a fine selection of local products. It is forbidden to sell other products than those which come from the surrounding farms. Keep your eyes peeled, you can come across celebrities!
Aix en Provence market: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There are markets every day in Aix en Provence, but the largest and most complete which takes over the pedestrian streets and the squares of this beautiful town takes place on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings. Needless to say, you can find everything here: fruit and vegetables, local products, flower market, clothes, souvenirs…. If you want to visit this city, come on a market day have a wonder around and then sit on one of the many terraces to have an aperitif in the sun, pure happiness!
St Rémy de Provence market: Wednesdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Weekly market in the old streets of Saint Rémy de Provence. Local products, fruits and vegetables, wines, honey, olives but also fabrics, souvenirs, pottery….
Avignon Les Halles market: every morning except Monday
This covered market of about forty stalls is the place where all the great chefs of the region buy their produce. In addition to the stalls, there are many events; Shellfish tasting, wine tasting, cooking demonstrations with chefs from Avignon. A good address if it’s raining.
Arles Market: Saturday and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Being one of the largest cities in the Alpilles, it is not surprising to find the largest market in the area. A large market on Saturday (smaller on Wednesday) with 450 stalls. You will find everything you could wish for here: fruit and vegetables, cheeses, flowers and spices, meat and fish, honey, all fresh products and regional products such as olive oil, Arles sausage, rice from the Camargue, shellfish (“Tellines” are the speciality) but also clothes and shoes, fabrics, crafts…
Cavaillon (A beautiful market but the town doesn’t have much to offer)
TuesdayGordes (Only in the summer)
Avignon les Halles
Beaumes de Venise
La Tour d’Aigues
Saint Saturnin les Apt
Vaison la Romaine
Aix en Provence
WednesdayAvignon les Halles
Saint Rémy de Provence
Châteauneuf de Gadagne
ThursdayAvignon les Halles
Aix en Provence
Isle sur la Sorgue (Smaller than the Sunday market)
Maussanne les Alpilles
La Roque d’Anthéron
La Motte d’Aigues (night market from 6pm to 10pm)
FridayAvignon les Halles
Saint Martin de Crau
SaturdayAvignon les Halles
Aix en Provence
Pernes les Fontaines
Saint Rémy de Provence
Oppède le Vieux
SundayAvignon les Halles
L’isle sur la Sorgue