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Markets in Provence

Markets in Provence

Utterly authentic mornings of blissful mooching await those lucky enough to visit the Provençal open-air markets. What visit to the region would be complete without them? If you fancy dining on delicious produce that has been lovingly grown and harvested just around the corner, then this part of the world is your idea of heaven. Almost every Provençal village has a weekly market, but it is easy to lose track of when and where they take place, what they sell, what time they open… the questions go on! To help you plan your perfect getaway, we have compiled this handy guide which will prepare you for paradise. 

What do Provençal markets sell?

Fruits and veg (if they are labelled as ‘bio’ or ‘AB’ that means they are organic), wine, cheese, honey, olive oil, breads… everything you need to make a foodie’s day. But that’s not all! These markets also offer soaps, lavender, dried herbs, fabric, art, pottery, gift items and bags. Truly the best place to be if supporting local artisans and reducing your carbon footprint is important to you.
Top tip: if you want to seamlessly blend into the market scenery, buy a straw bag for your shopping! A medium-sized straw bag is only about €8, and they are a local favourite in Provence. 
Of course, all of the fresh produce is dependent on the time of year. Right now, for example, truffle fanatics across Provence are getting ready for the upcoming season (November to March).

What time do Provençal markets open?

The general rule is 08:00 to 12:30 and getting there before the crowds, who usually flock to the scene at 10:30, is definitely the way to go. 

Where can I find a Provençal market?

For the big-picture people, we have included a comprehensive list of the markets in Provence at the bottom of this page. But for those who prefer a personal recommendation, we have listed our top five favourite markets below. 

Velleron Farmer’s Market (Monday to Saturday, 18:00 – 20:00)

From April to September, the Velleron Farmer’s Market is open and raring to delight those who believe that “fresh is best”. Rated one of the top 100 most exceptional markets in France, any shopping experience here will leave your basket filled to the brim with produce that was only harvested a few hours before! 
Top tip: since these farmers are only selling produce harvested that day, each stall is quite small. Arrive early to have the best selection!

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market (Thursday and Sunday, 08:00 – 13:00)

We truly believe that a stay in Provence cannot be complete without a visit to the European capital of antiques, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. On Sundays, the entire town is taken over by market stalls of which over 300 sell precious and fascinating relics. On Easter weekend and the weekend of 15th August, this rises to over 500 market stalls… a dream for antique-lovers. 

Les Halles d’Avignon (Tuesday to Sunday, 08:00 – 13:00)

The perfect morning outing for cloudy or rainy days! Uniquely, Les Halles Market is indoors and home to some amazing events… shellfish tasting experiences, wine tastings and even live cooking demonstrations using ingredients bought from one of the 40 market stalls.
Top tip: park in the nearby multi-storey car park for minimum fuss and bother.

Apt Market (Saturday, 08:00 – 13:00)

Encased within the twisting streets of Apt, you will find the biggest market in the Luberon. With over 300 stalls, it is easy to see why this market has been voted one of the best in the region. Keep an eye out for the freshly-made pastries and candied fruit (fruit confit) … your taste buds won’t want you to miss them!

Aix-en-Provence Market (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 08:00 – 13:00)

Our favourite place to mooch! Not only does the Aix-en-Provence market have everything our hearts desire (clothing, antiques, flowers, food) but it is simply a beautiful Provençal town. In between shopping, you will not be able to resist wandering in the direction of stunning fountains or eye-catching architecture. 
Top tip: although the Aix-en-Provence market is open daily, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays are when all of the stalls are open.

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Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Alpilles Fontvieille (small)
Boulbon
Eyguières
Tarascon
Mouriès
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Mollégès
Arles
Maussane-les-Alpilles Maillanne Eygalières
Eyragues
Fontvieille
Saint-Martin-de-Crau
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Arles
Saint-Etienne-du-Grès Châteaurenard
Gard Alès
Le Grau-du-Roi (CC Boucanet)
Aimargues
Alès
Le Grau-du-Roi (Place de la république)
Aigues-Mortes Aimargues Alès (organic market)
Le Grau-du-Roi (CC Boucanet)
Port-Camargue
La Grande-Motte
Uzès
Beaucaire
Alès
Anduze (organic market)
Le Grau-du-Roi (Place de la république)
La Grande-Motte
Le Grau-du-Roi (CC Boucanet) Alès - marché BIO
Le Grau-du-Roi (Place de la république)
Uzès
Beaucaire
Aigues-Mortes
Aimargues
Alès
La Grande-Motte
North Luberon Cavaillon Gordes (only in Summer)
Lacoste
Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt
Mérindol
Rustrel
Viens 
Sault 
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence 
L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (smaller than Sunday market)
Ménerbes
Roussillon
Goult
Céreste
Saignon
Bonnieux
Lourmarin
Gargas (from 25 March 2022)
Apt
Oppède le Vieux
Le Thor
Manosque
Coustellet
L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
Reillanne
South Luberon Cadenet
Lauris
Cabrières d’Aigues (evening market from 6pm)
Forcalquier
Cucuron
La Tour-d'Aigues
Lourmarin (evening 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm)
Apt
Grambois
Beaumont-de-Pertuis
Manosque
Lauris La Roque-d'Anthéron
La Motte d’Aigues (night market from 6pm to 10pm)
La Tour d’Aigues
Lourmarin
Pertuis
Beaumont-de-Pertuis
Cadenet
Villelaure
Manosque
Apt
Ansouis
Cadenet
Saint Martin de la Brasque
Vaucluse Cavaillon
Velleron
Les Halles d'Avignon Velleron Les Halles d'Avignon Châteauneuf-de-Gadagne Velleron Les Halles d'Avignon
Velleron
Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
Mirabeau
Les Halles d'Avignon
Velleron
Les Halles d'Avignon
Velleron
Les Halles d'Avignon
Ventoux Bédoin
Saint-Didier
Beaumes-de-Venise
Vaison-la-Romaine
Caromb Mormoiron
Malaucène
Sault
Villes-sur-Auzon
Sault
Mazan
Malaucène
Carpentras Pernes-les-Fontaines Mormoiron
Aix-en-Provence Aix-en-Provence (Vegetable market) Aix-en-Provence (Fairground market)
Aix-en-Provence (Vegetable market)
Aix-en-Provence (Vegetable market)
Meyrargues
Aix-en-Provence (Fairground market)
Aix-en-Provence (Vegetable market)
Aix-en-Provence (Vegetable market)
Lambesc
Eguilles
Aix-en-Provence (Fairground market)
Aix-en-Provence (Vegetable market)
Aix-en-Provence (Vegetable market)
Jouques
Gardanne

And congratulations! You have now successfully picked our brains for an insider scoop of the Provençal markets. Of course, you will be eager to visit them all… but which one will you head to first and why?

À bientôt in Provence.