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There’s lots to be said about the lovely street markets in Paris, with bright fruits, flowers and lots of convivial gossip and shouting. But to visit one of the weekly open-air markets in a small town in France is well worth the trip, even if you have to fight crowds, park miles away, and keep running back to the bank machine for more euros. Somehow you get the feeling that these markets have been going on for centuries, and that perhaps some of vendors or their ancestors have been around for almost as long. All the speculation of European Union rules threatening the livelihood of these markets and their providers is so far just rumor...and will hopefully remain that way.

What can you get at the market? You'll find all sorts of food, flowers, clothing, pottery, hardware, fabrics, table linens, music, books, jewelry... It might be easier to ask what can't you get. Bring a few baskets and a camera, watch your pockets and your purse, and be ready for anything!

We tend to focus on our region here in the south of France, where there are no shortages of great markets. You can set out any day of the week here and find a good one in the area, as you can see by this list of the more lively markets. If you’d like a visual taste of le marché, take a look at our photo gallery of the Saturday market in Uzès.

Market days in the south of France

Everyday
Tous les jours
Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nîmes
Monday
Les lundis
Alès, Bollène, Cavaillon, Fontvieille
Tuesday
Les mardis
Vaison-la-Romaine, Crest
Wednesday
Les mercredis
Bagnoles-sur-Cèze, St-Rémy, Sète, Salon, Valréas
Thursday
Les jeudis
Agde, Anduze, Nyons, Orange
Friday
Les vendredis
Béziers, Carpentras, Cassis, Ganges
Saturday
Les samedis
Arles, Apt, Carcassonne, Ceret, Uzès
Sunday
Les dimanches
Beaucaire, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Martigues, Perpignan


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