Here in Languedoc, ‘going to the market’ is part of our art of living. Every market has its own unique atmosphere that reflects its long gastronomic history; the markets reflect the character of our land, the passion of our producers. So pick up your basket, and choose which market to visit to buy the gourmet treats that will make your day special. Here's our selection of favourites.
OUR FAVOURITE MARKETS
A MEDITERRANEAN ATMOSPHERE IN SÈTE
This covered market is held every morning in Sète. People rush down to this market for its fish stalls, to find cuttlefish and to taste 'Tielle'. "This is a pie made with a filling of squid, octopus or cuttlefish, cut into thinner or thicker slices and mixed with a spicy tomato sauce." Just describing it makes your mouth water...
There's a unique atmosphere here: this is the real Sète! You'll enjoy listening to the sounds of the market as much as anything, as you wander round:
"Just look at my beautiful bream!"
The market hall building has been recently revamped using a design by the architect François Fontes. Without a doubt, this is a market to see and hear; it’s like going to the theatre...
GANGES, THE SPIRIT OF THE CEVENNES
On Friday mornings, everybody heads for the foot of the Cévennes, coming from the Hérault valley, the gorges of the River Vis, the villages where the chestnuts grow, and even further afield. It's market day!
Ganges has returned to its traditional role of trading post for the Mediterranean and the Cévennes.
Cheeses, Pélardon goat's cheese from the Cévennes, sweet onions, Reinette apples, chestnut cake, honey, foie gras, olives and other produce jostle for place on the stalls. The scents and colours mingle together. Here, you can experience the real "spirit of the Cévennes": nature, swimming in the river and the smell of a picnic being made.
BÉZIERS: "HISTORIC CHARM"
The Baltard style market halls in Béziers have been open since 1891 and are now listed on the register of Historic Monuments.
The market is held Tuesday to Sunday from 6am to 1pm. There’s also a pretty flower market on Friday in the Allées Paul Riquet. Don't miss that!
LUNEL, THE BIG MARKET
According to the Hérault locals, Lunel market is the biggest and most comprehensive.
On Thursday mornings, it’s "open for business" and you can buy anything from a tomato plant to the latest dress. In the shade of the plane trees on the Allées Baroncelli, you can take your time, stroll around and discover the genuine local produce.
CLERMONT L'HÉRAULT, UNCHANGING
This is one of the oldest markets in Languedoc.
Held in the historic city centre, it surrounds the church with its cheerful striped awnings every Wednesday morning.
The special feature of this market is the way it’s laid out, which hasn't changed since it started up.
It's almost like walking through a beginners' guide to the market: you come to the vegetable stalls first, then the butchers' stalls, followed by the poultry, then the clothes a bit further on, etc. It never changes... and it's organic!
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OUR MARKETS
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