Strolling through an outdoor market in France is one of our favorite ways to pass an afternoon. While a farmers' market in the US might take over a street, the markets in Provence can take over an entire village, winding up and down narrow cobbled streets and spreading out over public squares.
Provençal markets are an amazing place to shop for everything from fresh produce, cheese, bread, fish and meats to clothing and cookware. But perhaps most importantly they are a place to meet each week to catch up with friends, engage in some gossip, and if you are lucky, ditch les enfants for a few hours.
After a few hours of morning shopping we usually finish up with one of our lunchtime favorites: seafood paella or rotisserie chicken, followed up with a nutella crêpe for dessert. On our first trip to Provence my wife got market fever, which I defined as "an irrational obsession to visit a different market every day of the week."
If you would like to indulge your daily obsession, below is a list of the markets near our Little House in France (links to the Beyond.fr website for more information on each village).
Be sure to arrive early to get parking!