The shopping in Vannes, market and else!

I  have written several articles on market shopping especially in my new area of the Morbihan Breton. They never stop amazing my family, we just simply love them. We do most of our food shopping in them, and the misc extra in the supermarket.

Yesterday and today morning (Saturday and Sunday) we did some wonderful shopping in our capital city of Vannes; where most of the shopping is located, and I work just outside in a castle ruins (1504) complex.

We get up and go by 9h and always find parking at the parking République that for less than 3 euros a day will do nicely across the market.  Down across rue Thiers we head to rue Le Hellec into the place du Poids Public , a great space of delicious goodies. Also, many stores like bakeries, butcher, fish market and the wonderful Halle aux Poissons fish hall now under renovations. Right into the Place de la Poissonnerie/rue de la Poissonnerie. This goes back into rue Saint Vincent,now under renovation of the brick stones on the street.

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However, the best is to go up from Place du Poids Public into the Place des Lices; another wonderful square full of shops even Belgian chocolates, souvenirs of Brittany, and fish canning store,not to mention anything to outfit your family and house.  This continues into the Place Lucien Laroche with stands all over.

We got our mangos, avocados, raspberries, bananas, red/green peppers, clementine, dates, prunes, and next door to the stand a farmer’s hen roasted to perfection. Salads greens, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin.

In my opinion is the best market in Brittany and we have been to all if not most of them already. Very well can match our beloved market of Notre Dame in Versailles… and that is saying a lot ::) The market here in Vannes are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8h to 13h30 ; the city page in French has better information for the open air market or “Marchés de plein air” ;  http://www.mairie-vannes.fr/vannesdecouverte/marches/

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And as the link above tells you in “Halles”, there is a wonderful covered market that is open every day with over 30 merchants inside. This is the Halles des Lices as it is right in the Place des Lices; the back street is the ramparts of the old town.  The hours here change with some holidays ,but usually they are open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays (until 19h), and Sundays from  8h- 14h, closed Mondays.

We had here our oysters and shrimp on the Les Viviers des lices in the covered market Halles des Lices, nice folks, the oysters were open for us !!! Here they are in the webpage for the covered market under Poissonneries ; http://www.halles-des-lices.fr/   If you are staying in the area and need to buy already done even cook to order, the contacts are here:  David LANAU Tel mob +33 (0) 6 64 19 60 50; E-mail :lesviviersdeslices@orange.fr

We, also,got our breads au fournil Breton in the covered market slices to order with sesame seeds! and of course the baguette!

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Right behind the Cathedral St Pierre (St Peter) at 4 rue des Chanoines you have a wonderful store for home decorations and furniture  with 300 m2 of space of changing modes according to season, call simply NOX; more on the store here: https://noxdeco.com/vannes/

Another nice one we go and long time here is Olivier Desforges at 22 rue Saint Vincent right by the market.  The accessories for the house from towels to linen, all tops. More even in English here: https://en.olivierdesforges.fr/storelocator/vannes-14.html

Another for home deco we like is L’échoppe at 15 rue des Halles off the place des lices into a laberinth of middle ages wooden houses! lamps,sofas, furniture in general, table décor in an ali baba bazaar (their words). More here: http://www.lechoppevannes.fr/

We came back on way home to finish our shopping in our favorite hypermarket Carrefour at Avenue de la Marne, where we purchased the misc groceries like papers, cleaners, shampoos etc webpage here: http://www.carrefour.fr/magasin/vannes

And just recently with even a Facebook page lol!!! https://www.facebook.com/centrecommercialvannes/

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Now ,we do eat most of the time out. We did stop to try a new place here for us. Columbus Café, I figure from the name it had an international feeling for it, but is a complete French chain. The one in Vannes is very nice , right on rue du Mené and right next to a couple usual stores for us , Monoprix department store !, and Bouchara (old eurodif stores) home deco stores. Their local links to follow.

https://www.bouchara.com/boutiques/vannes

https://www.monoprix.fr/mono-vannes-vannes-56000-s

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More on Columbus Café; the service was very nice,and the products of high quality and reasonable price. We had our old time favorite pastrami bagel sandwich, a huge chuck of raspberry cheesecake and coca cola, we each had different menus, we end up with a huge mocha coffee all came to about 12.50€ per person. There are square tables by the counter area and then lounge low tables and seat on a side room all facing the street. We sat on a window facing the Monoprix store. Their official webpage is here: http://www.columbuscafe.com/columbus-cafe-vannes/

And,also, a good Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/columbuscafevannes/

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Some other nice places to eat I can tell you here are the Lecocq & Folks restaurant at 5 rue Saint Vincent ,almost at the foot of the gate or porte Saint Vincent to entered old town. This is a bistronomic style restaurant held by brother and sister! Here is their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/LeComptoirVannes/

You have the Di’Vin, at 15 bis rue Noé right by the place du poids public in a wooden house  very fesh cuisines and great deco on the old town quaint place. http://www.restaurant-divin-vannes.fr/

Moulin du Roy at 14 place Gambetta ,just outside the Porte Saint Vincent facing the port marina , the Breton cuisine with burgers and chip and fish and great people watcher place ! http://www.lemoulinduroy.fr/

Next to it is the L’Atlantique, facing the  port marina Le Port, and a seafood lovers heaven !!!https://www.facebook.com/Restaurant-latlantique-vannes-345170025543195/

Anna & Paul, 23 place du Général de Gaulle, in the old town section too near the government building prefecture, this is a couple and the name is after their kids. very homey welcome and good food, most is made in house, and good prices for a gourmand dinner or lunch. http://annaetpaul.com/

Bibovino at 18 Emile Burgault right up in old town on the way to the Cathedral. Great combination of food and wines!  Wonderful planchas of seafood, and great wines choices. https://www.bibovino.fr/content/45-bibovino-vannes

And of course, if coming my homey way then come to the winner (recognize by TF1 French tv as one of the best deals) The Crêperie du Château in a castle yes Château de Rimaison right at the entrance to my town entrance by the 7 rue de Landaul, Pluvigner. Great galettes Breton, beers and cider of the country all especially chosen by the owners who are from Vannes ! http://lacreperieduchateau.blogspot.fr/

And the Chateau info here: http://chateauderimaison.blogspot.fr/

There you go, a wonderful day and is not over yet. Wishing you and yours a happy Sunday, happy travels and especially great health. Cheers!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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