The Markets of Vannes!

Come to think of going shopping and to us , the word market comes to mind immediately. Sure modern life has its hypermarkets and such, but when it comes to food, edible kind the markets are still IT. In France, they have a centuries old tradition of excellence where you get the best culinary delights known to men in culinary champion France.

The markets in my adopted region of Brittany, and dept 56 of Morbihan are no different. In fact, they can play with any anytime and popular shows attest to their beauty and abundance as the last entry here will tell you. The markets of Vannes are tops.

Why markets in plural, well because at the same spot in the old town we have 3, yes 3! We have the flea market on the Place des Lices predominantly and the fruit and veggie covered market or marché couvert Halles des Lices right there and just off of the nearby Place du Poids Public in the Place de la Poissonnerie you have the Halle aux Poissons or fish market. So let me tell you briefly on them as the eyes are the best here.

Place des Lices and its adjacent streets lined with half-timbered houses in the heart of the historic center and a few meters from the ramparts and their gardens. It was on this site in the 14C arranged to coincide with the jousts and tournaments organized by the Dukes of Brittany whose residence was nearby.

On  Wednesday and Saturday mornings. the flea market of Vannes, full of fancy jewellery, new clothes and fripes, underwear, shoes, flowers, plants, but also food with fruits and vegetables, spices, cakes, cheese dairy, pizzas, etc. It is one of the first markets in Brittany which is accessed by the place Lucien-Laroche, but also by Rue Saint-Vincent and rue Le Hellec, opposite the post office. It is spread over the Place des Lices and the Place du Poids Public, that offer you all the fresh products you want: fish, delicatessen, caterer, dairy slag, cellar. From  8h to 13h

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Further to the port the Halle aux Poissons or fish market will delight all the freaks of crustaceans, oysters, fish and even smoked salmon stand. This market is held all year round on the following days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 8h to 13h. Located in the place de la Poissonnerie. About twenty permanent traders in all. It is a wonderful building which we enjoy tremendously and shop profusionnally!

A bit of history I like:  In 1821, a first fish market,  back of the buildings on Rue Saint-Vincent, was built on the place de la Poissonnerie, a place for fish markets since the end of the middle ages. The Gulf fishermen wishing for a larger and more hygienic building, a new Hall is made in 1880 of 35 meters in length and 13 meters in width, it is built in granite. Inside, 18 cast iron poles, some of which are adorned with scallops, support a metal frame.

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The Halles des Lices or covered market are open every day from 8h30 to 13h30 except on Sundays and Mondays. During the summer season, they are open 7 days a week from 8h30  to 13h30 and on Friday afternoons from 16h to 19h30. Located on the place des Lices, allows you to fill your basket of good local products (vegetables, fruits, cheeses, meats…), but also offers a few dishes to eat in for lunch in the middle of stalls on a tasting area. Thirty traders welcome you all year

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Finally , as in all excellence there has to be a competition to fine tune your qualities, and we take food seriously here. So the French TV chain TF1 guided by Jean-Pierre Pernaut started a contest voted on online for the most beautiful market of France back in 2018. The results were in and Vannes arrived in 10th position; not bad for a start as I think can go even higher. 10th most beautiful market in France is a complement indeed. The votes came in last June with over 3,8 million persons participating in the voting. The second season of the most beautiful market in France will return to TF1. Jean-Pierre Pernaut will  again present a special page dedicated to the winning market in his 13h TV news on June 10 2019. The voting is on, the site is here on Vannes of course! My most beautiful market of France

Some webpages to help you plan your visit to the markets of Vannes and you should are

City of Vannes on open air Markets

City of Vannes on the covered market

Really enjoy it , always a treat and very friendly merchants that we have come to know on a first name basis with the best of France and the world! Do not miss the markets of Vannes.

And remember, happy travels ,good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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