Markets in Provence
Rendez-vous incontournables en Provence, les marchés font la fierté de la Provence !
Fleuris et odorants, c'est l'une des meilleurs façons de découvrir le meilleur de la région : marché des producteurs, marchés aux truffes, marchés des antiquaires, marchés aux fleurs… il y en a pour tous les goûts !
A chaque saison, les étals colorés des marchands nous invitent à remplir notre panier de tout ce que la Provence a à nous offrir: melons, fraises, cerises, asperges vertes, truffes, huile d'olive, vins... C'est aussi l'occasion de découvrir le savoir-faire des artisans de Provence comme les fameux santons ou les célèbres poteries d'Anduze.
Découvrez les marchés hebdomadaires marchés nocturnes à ne pas manquer lors de votre passage en Provence.
Best markets in Provence
Friday 08:00 › 12:00
Thursday, Sunday 08:00 › 13:00
Tuesday 16:45 › 19:00
Thursday 17:00 › 19:00
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 18:00 › 20:00
Friday 08:00 › 12:30
Farmers’ markets (marche paysans) sell only local, seasonal produce, sold by the farmer. Other markets are not bound by this, the produce can be from further afield, which is why you can buy bananas at the market! So the marche paysan is where you go to really buy from the land beneath your feet.
Where you see produce labelled ‘bio’ or with the AB (agriculture biologique) sticker, this means it’s organic.
- Pernes les Fontaines: Wednesday evenings April-August, 6-8 pm; and September to mid-October, 5.30-7.30 pm.
- Cavaillon: Every Thursday from April to mid-October, 5-7 pm, near the Tourist Office.
- Isle sur la Sorgue: Mondays, 5.30-7.30 pm from May to September
- Cadenet: Saturday mornings from June to October
- Coustellet: Every Sunday morning from April to mid-December.
- Velleron: April to September, every evening except Sunday from 6pm. October-March, from 4.30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.
- Apt: Every Tuesday morning from 9 am to 12 am this farmers’ market proposes products directly from grower to consumer.
The best farmers’ markets are those of Velleron and Coustellet. Velleron is where locals buy food, they know that they need to be there right at the start to get the best produce, and on the blow of a whistle the gates open and in they sweep. Coustellet market is also where locals go but it is more of a social Sunday morning occasion, less hurry and more strolling and coffee-sipping. Both are highly recommended.
In the winter, which is to say the truffle season from November to March, truffle markets bring together buyers and sellers of this sought-after commodity. Provence is the heart of French truffle productionand the truffle markets are where most transactions take place, whether to individuals, resellers or restaurant chefs.
The biggest markets are in Richerenches on Saturday mornings, Carpentras Friday mornings and Aups on Thursday mornings. And a special mention for the little truffle market in the beautiful village of Menerbes which takes place the last Sunday of December, in the Place de l’Horloge at the top of the village.
The main towns of Provence have Christmas markets in December, and some villages too, but for a shorter period, sometimes just a day. Adding light and animation to the festive season, these markets consist of stalls selling Christmas-related items, wintry food and drinks, sometimes fairground attractions for younger children.
Aix-en-Provence has its Christmas market along the Cours Mirabeau; in Avignon it is in the central square, the Place de l’Horloge; Marseille has its Christmas market in the old port (vieux port); and Toulon on the Place de la Liberte. Arles does things a little differently, its Drôles de Noël (funny Christmas) right around Christmas itself is 5 days of free street entertainment – circus acts, theatre, story-telling, music and lights.