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Five markets in Brittany to stroll around
A morning full of flavours
If you fancy a stroll, to discover and taste the local produce, to do some shopping or just stop for an aperitif, the local markets are unmissable tourist attractions! Elegant or relaxed, beside the sea or in the heart of a heritage site, discover five markets that are worth visiting while you’re in Brittany.
1. The famous Marché des Lices in Rennes
All year round, Saturday mornings
The Marché des Lices in Rennes is the second largest market in France and it’s the beating heart of the city every Saturday morning. There are two market halls for fresh and craft products, fruit and vegetables in front of the half-timbered houses, fishmongers stalls and a profusion of flowers outside the café terraces – what more could you want? People meet on the pavements, share a coffee or an aperitif, have something to eat and, most important of all, soak up the energy that spills out from the stalls of 300 producers and shopkeepers, all keen to start their weekend in the best possible way.
Marché des Lices
2. Très chic! The market in Dinard
All year round, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
For three days a week, the Place des Halles in Dinard is transformed into an open-air, top-of-the-range boutique. Cashmere sweaters, costume jewellery, perfumed candles and soap, decorative items, designer seconds, and more. All of this stands alongside the classics: fruit, vegetables, fish and roast chickens, and this is just in the morning. After you’ve joined the throng, tasted a traditional sausage pancake, you can go and spend your afternoon on the Écluse beach just a short walk away.
Marché de Dinard
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3. The market in Questembert’s 16th-century halls
All year round, Monday mornings The “Convivi’Halles”, Wednesdays from 17:00 in summer
On Monday mornings, the superb 16th century market halls in Questembert, listed as an historic monument, return to their original purpose. Located right in the centre of town, they were restored in 1997 and house the stalls of shopkeepers and local producers. To keep up tradition, a horse-drawn shuttle service takes you right into the centre of the market in summer. On Wednesday evenings, the halls play host to a local produce market that incudes tastings of local products on large tables, with music playing in the background.
Marché de Questembert
4. The seaside market in Lorient
All year round, every day from 08:00 to 13:00
The Merville market halls are Lorient’s gourmet showcase. They contain all the best of the local catch. Lorient is the premier fishing port, more important than Boulogne and Le Guilvinec, landing 25,000 tons of fish every year, so it’s the obvious place to go for fine fresh fish in the local market. Although hake and monkfish are the most frequently caught, large quantities of langoustines are on offer every day in the fish market, looking nice and pink and lively and selling at unbeatable prices.
Marché de lorient
5. Don’t miss the Saint-Renan market in Finistère
All year round, Saturday mornings
From five o’clock on a Saturday morning, the Place du Vieux Marché in Saint-Renan comes to life. Local producers, fishmongers and artisans gather every week for the largest market in the department. It brings together almost 300 stallholders in summer. You will definitely be tempted by the gourmet specialities such as traditional crêpes and galettes (buckwheat pancakes), as well as the cheeses and sausages with seaweed, the famous Kig Ha Farz or Breton pastries.
Marché de Saint-Renan