The best food markets in Provence

food market provenceBeautiful tomatoes, crunchy bread, golden olive oil, scented spices… : open-air food markets are one of Provence’s treasures. Provence food markets combine many advantages. They offer the opportunity to discover local products. They gives you an overview of the local life and people.


“Elles sont belles mes tomates !”
“Ils sont frais mes poissons !”

Here are a few sentences that you will probably hear in the aisle of a Provence food market. Because yes, Provence markets are noisy, busy and vibrant. They associate gorgeous smells and colours with great local products and passionated producers. Probably one of the best experience when travelling accross Provence.

They generaly bring together the best local producers selling fruits and veg, spices, olives, olive oil, ham & sausages, wine, honey, bread, fish, flowers… Almost every town and village has its food market. Some happen every day. The other only once a week.

How to choose between hundreds of markets? Lucky for you, Living in Provence unveils the list of its favourite food markets in Provence.

Great food markets in Provence

Market in Nice on the Cours Saleya : mixing a flower market (Marché aux fleurs) and a food market, the Nice market is a true delight for all the senses. Opened every day except on Mondays and very busy on week-ends.

Aix en Provence : food, flowers and flea markets in the historic town. Just sitting at a cafe terrace and watching people passing by is fassinating.

Carpentras market : an institution and a must-see. The Carpentras market exists since 1155 and is one of the largest in France. You will find everything that you need and a lot more !

Other interesting food markets in Provence :

Marseille fish market on the Vieux Port : authentic !
St Rémy de Provence market : charming market in a charming town
Vaison la Romaine : huge and full of treasures

A good tip to enjoy the food markets in Provence : create your own picnic lunch with food from the market. A delight !

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