Well, as you may have noticed, I’m generally pretty excited & enthusiastic about the places we visit around Provence.
Admittedly, we visited one or two “mediocre” markets during our trip to the Vaucluse (by exceedingly gorgeous Provençal-market standards of course)… but the Les Halles market in Avignon was not one of them. Simply put, this market is awesome.
We arrived at Les Halles about 10am on a Saturday morning after following the signs in from the “outer walls” of Avignon, and let me tell you, we were thrilled to find the market has its own parking garage.
If you’ve ever spent time participating in the soon-to-be extreme sport of Driving in the South of France, you’ll know that finding a parking spot on any market day can be a headache at best… fight-with-your-husband-worthy at worst… (I’m looking straight at you Carpentras’ market, grrr..).
So, compact-wheels safely tucked away, we opened the doors to a burst of activity and a feast for the eyes & senses.
The market has about 40 stalls covering everything from an oyster bar to giant, homemade pretzels. In between, you’ll find an Italian stand with products I’ve yet to see in the South, a stall dedicated solely to potatoes (& garlic), and please oh please, let’s not forget the wine bar.
Place Pie, Avignon (follow the signs: Parking, Les Halles).
Tuesday to Sunday, open mornings until about 1pm.
Well, actually, we decided to skip a few nips at the wine bar since we had the whole glorious town of Avignon to visit. Of course, a must-do is Palais des Papes and the Pont d’Avignon. The tourist office has a small stand near the market entry for more information.
On Saturdays, you can find cooking demonstrations and there’s also a stall for cooking lessons in the market – find dates, times, and cooking themes on the Les Halles, Avignon website.