It’s no secret that Provence is my favorite place in the world. It truly speaks to my artisan soul on every single beautiful French level but especially the french markets.
There is something about being in the countryside, surrounded by vineyards, orchids, mountains and villages that always makes my heart overflow. Sure, it helps that I am normally with loved ones or our dear couples, slightly sun kissed and seeking beauty in everyday, but I truly have never felt more connected to a place. Alas, it is natural that I want to share it with you.
When in Provence, the best life is one of a slow paced but no matter what, one of my favorite things to do while I am there is wake up early, make a coffee at home and stroll through a local market. Nailing down exact days and understanding the towns takes some time so we hope this guide helps you plan your next trip.
All of these markets are known as Marche Provencal which is where you will find local produce as all clothing, fabrics (napkins & tablecloths are most popular), ceramics and other local crafts, costume jewellery, leather goods. If you are more of an antique lover, the market for you is called a Brocantes and the very best one is found in L’Isle sur la Sorgue. But do note, the markets start early and as always- the early bird gets the worms.
Bedoin, Fontvieille, Forcalquier
Aix en Provence, Avignon, Gordes, Vaison la Romaine
St. Remy, Arles, Avignon, Aix en Provence, Riez
Avignon, Aix en Provence, L’Isle sur Sorgue, Roussillon, Goult, Roussillon, Maussane-les-Alpilles
Avignon, Aix en Provence, Bonnieux, Carpentras, Eygalieres, Lambesc
Villeneuve les Avignon, Apt, Le Thor, Aix en Provence, Arles, Uzès, Avignon (flower market)
Avignon and Brocantes at L’Isle sur la Sorgue (for antiques)
Most of the time, these markets are really spread out so it might take a bit of time plugging in villages into google maps to find the best one for you. Or, venture further out on a road trip through the countryside and make a day of exploring.
As always, we have written this blog post to the best of our knowledge but it is always good to check with locals to confirm the market is on before heading out.
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We cannot wait to see what times you bring home.