Besides munching on French comfort food (I’ve got a few stews in the making) nothing beats the winter blues like a trip to Aix-en-Provence. Our last day trip was quite a few weeks back – just in time to visit the Christmas market and take in all the sights, sounds, & sweets of the holiday season.
Apart from being all the dazzling things that Aix is during the holidays, it is also incredibly, impossible-to-park, crowded. Hence our parking-garage hike down through those lovely avenues to reach the city center & delightful Cours Mirabeau.
And as often happens when you’re traveling, or in our case, just a bit lost, we stumbled upon the Saturday market at Place des Prêcheurs.
I wouldn’t say this is a big market as Provençal markets go (although I think this was more due to the season as I’ve read it’s normally quite large) but one thing that is certainly occupies a large space is the bright pottery on display. Even though my thoughts were more on the wintery-side, I haven’t often found good Provencal pottery that doesn’t cost a small fortune. These bits & pieces are quite striking and moderately priced.
The market also offers woven baskets (a must-have for any South of France market-goer worth their weight in tapenade), various textiles, and some downright “interesting” antiques. It’s not exactly the Parisian high street, but definitely worth a peek.
Place des Prêcheurs next to the Palais de Justice.
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Well, really everything on Cours Mirabeau is worth doing. Granted I don’t have too many euros to drop in the fancy boutiques, but there’s always the cafes, restaurants, and bookstores to while away the afternoon – not to mention all those lovely bakeries & patisseries. Our new favorite, Riederer is just around the corner from the market. Reason enough to leave a bit of room in your Provençal basket.