Local Charente Markets
Local Charente Markets
Local Charente Markets: There are markets on most days in this area – here are a few to interest you. We’ve listed them in day order at the end for you for quick reference! Just a little note for you to remember. Most are in the mornings only and close around 1.00pm when traders go to lunch. They start packing up around 12 pm.
Local Charente Markets: Angoulême
• Marché Victor Hugo – every day except Monday
• Basseau – Place du Marché – Tuesdays and Fridays
• Place Felix Gaillard – Tuesdays and Fridays – organic market every 2nd Wed 4pm – 8pm
• Place Mulac – Mondays, Thursdays, afternoon only ,Saturdays
• Place St Jacques – Tuesdays and Saturdays
On a Monday morning Chalais is a lovely place. You can soak up the French atmosphere – it’s not only full of tourists but French people come too! The town streets are closed to traffic. The stalls are packed with fresh fruit and vegetables. You can buy fresh meat, fish and snails.
There are chickens and rabbits for sale and even calves.
You’ll need to start early as the market traders start packing up at midday for lunch. They arrived very early! In town there’s a second hand book shop selling English books and run by an English man.
Tuesday mornings – local produce
Wednesday mornings. Large and ample parking, fruit and vegetables, chickens, cakes….just great fresh countryside food. This is the oldest market in the area.
A beautiful town situated on a prominent hill which has a chateau dating back to Roman times. The town is a reasonably small one with banks, cash machines,newsagents,2 chemists,2 boulangeries, a tourism office , garages, a large supermarket, doctors / dentists, builders’ supply store, cafe, hotel and restaurant. In the centre of the old town, there’s an old wooden covered market that dates back to the 14th Century. It was restored in the 19th Century and is now an historic monument. There’s a small but lively market every Saturday morning. A 17th Century sundial can be seen in a house that overlooks the market hall.
Always the last Saturday of the month and it’s throughout town. A big fair selling produce, general goods and livestock.
Here you can see or buy locally reared chickens , vegetables and wine. Occasionally there’s a small spit roasting chickens. This market is much smaller that the Wednesday market in Piégut. However, Nontron is renowned for its cutlery and there’s a cutlery workshop as well as cutlery shops where you can buy some very beautiful items.
Thursdays and Sundays
• Wednesday all day market at Place Bugeaud and Place Francheville
• Wenesday mornings only at Place du Coderc, Place de la Clautre and Place de la Mairie. Fresh farm produce.
• Wednesday mornings in Mid November to mid March….Place St Louis, the Marché au gras ( duck and goose products and truffles)
Fridays. This is reputably the biggest market in Perigord and you’ll find producers and wholesalers from all around. It’ll take you all morning to get around the market as there’s so much to see. It’s always very busy and you’d be wise to set off early to find a good parking space.
Whatever you’re after you’re bound to find it here. The usual clothes stalls, souvenirs, but also great fish and vegetables. You can enjoy the stalls with exotic smelling spices. All the great smells of France in one place! Here you can still see the way France used to be . It seems to be the meeting place for the older generation to catch up on the news!
Local Charente Markets: Brantôme
Fridays. The ancient sleepy streets of this little medieval town come alive as the market traders descend on the fortified community. They arrive from across the region to set up their stalls in the main square.
Strolling through the narrow streets, take your time to browse the numerous market stalls offering a wide variety of produce……from traditional regional mouth-watering delicacies such as Foie Gras, Confit and Gratons de Canard ( duck scratchings!), figs au Foie Gras to jewellery hand crafted by local artisans………lots of lovely things to spend your money on. Remember to pop into my favourite shop selling its own home made soaps. Wonderful souvenirs, presents to take back home or even something for the Bar-b-que when you get back to la Tour!
So here’s the short list we promised of Local Charente Markets
• Monday – Chalais
• Tuesday – Mareuil
• Wednesday – Piegut-Pluviers, Perigueux, ( Rochefoucauld)
• Thursday – Ruelle., Aigre
• Friday – Brantôme, Riverac
• Saturday – Villebois Lavalette, Nontron
• Sunday – Ruelle