Markets of Provence

Market of the Month: Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Surprisingly, most of the markets in Provence tend to be just as active in the autumn & winter months as they are during spring & summer. Admittedly, it’s hard to feel as enthusiastic without the glorious South-of-France sun illuminating your day, but there’s still plenty to get excited about on market morning.

Isle
And we found much to love at the Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Sunday market. First, as they say, it’s all about location. Even if you find yourself caught on a grey & misty day (as we did) the market is lined with boutiques & antique shops which make for a nice “escape”. And then there’s the peaceful Sorgue river that runs along the market and forms the center of life in this pretty little village.

Isle

I’d love to return and picnic along its banks.

We were also quite impressed with the number of cafés and restaurants around town. On our market morning, we started out with a good, solid French-breakfast at Au Chineur – including a choice of bread, jam, a coffee drink (a good, strong cappucino), and a juice. There are several “takeaway” options at the food stalls, and we opted for a clear seasonal favorite: a large serving of  choucroute – ham, various sausages, potatoes, and sauerkraut. – pas très “light” as they say, but hey, we’re in France and it’s winter… if you’re not indulging in heavy meats and or strong cheeses… you’re missing half the smelly fun.

Scarves
Scarves for sale at the Isle-sur-la-Sorgue market.

Where:

In the center of town, along the Sorgue river.

When:

Sunday mornings, until mid-day.

Special Interest:

On several Sundays, an antiques brocante runs parallel to the market (find more information from the Isle-sur-la-Sorgue tourist office). We had a lovely extended weekend in the village, and if you’d like to read about where we ate & stayed, follow the link here.

About Tuula

I’m a 40-ish American woman & I’ve been blogging about my travels around belle Provence since moving here in 2010. You can also find my travel writing in International Living magazine, Charming Small Hotels (France), & Living France magazine. Bienvenue!

6 comments on “Market of the Month: Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

  1. Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is definitely a good place to spend a Sunday anytime of the year especially if you like rummaging through antique shops.

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  2. Shanna Schultz

    Thanks! I needed a little mini escape now…looks lovely!

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  3. Copied this for my next trip to Provence. The veg looks so good.

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  4. Our Australian markets are active all year long too – I’m so happy about that. 🙂 Though they do NOT have the scrumptious sausages that you do. I’ve realized that I have to make my own in between rare trips to European delis. 🙂 Lovely market shots!

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  5. Nikki @ Picnics in Provence

    I visit Isle sur la Sorgue every time I am in Provence, such a charming place. Next time you go book a table in the garden (downstairs by the river) if it’s a sunny day at the fabulous Café Fleurs au Jardin D’Aubanel.
    It’s the most gorgeous spot and the food is incredible, service excellent and if the weather’s not great the restaurant inside is just made for romance. I know there are lots of other great places to eat there too and some very well known ones – but I can’t go past Cafe Fleurs.

    Enjoy!
    Nikki

    Address: 9 Rue Théodore Aubanel, 84800 Isle sur la Sorgue (L’), France
    Phone:+33 4 90 20 66 94

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  6. Hans van Kasteren

    Surely one of the best spots in France (if not Europe) to spend a few hours, days, weeks!

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