Saint Malo, the markets!!!

And continuing with my saga of beautiful Saint Malo in the Ille et Vilaine dept 35 of my beloved Bretagne and in my belle France. Again, there is so much to see in the city of Corsairs! We love it!!!

Let met tell you now a bit on the markets!!! yes Saint Malo has a wonderful food market and a fish market.

The Halle au Blé is the large market hall of Saint-Malo, like the Halle aux Poissons, on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Saint-Malo residents and tourists will find all the usual market shops there. Outside of Tuesdays and Fridays, it hosts temporary exhibitions.

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The Halle au Blé is located at 10 rue des Cordiers, built in 1822, was intended for meat, butter and poultry. In 1892, it was enlarged with a metal structure. The side parts with their granite arcades recall the architecture of the previous hall..

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Nowadays, twice a week, on each Tuesday from June 2, 2020 until December 29, 2020 from 8h30 to 13h and on each Friday from June 5, 2020 until December 25, 2020 from 8h30 to 13h..There you will find butcher’s, cheese, fruit and vegetable, fish and even florist stands. This hall also hosts exhibitions. It is a small neighborhood market, quiet and convenient for residents and tourists.

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A bit of old history on this area that I like is

The rue de Toussaints, mentioned in 1455, led to the Church of the Toussaints (all Saints) now the location of the halle aux blé, from the bridge which spanned the river. It continued to the south, under the name of rue de la Porte-Toussaint, following a partially preserved route in the southern part of rue de Nemours, and will form part of the urban crossing from the Bordeaux-Saint-Malo road. The framework of the operation of urban renewal of the Jules-Simon block. In this islet, the houses depended on the former convent occupied, between 1614 and 1631, by the Grandes Ursulines and, between 1676 and 1758, by the Dames de la Retraite, who had a chapel built there in 1682. The buildings, acquired by the City Council of Saint Malo, were sold between 1768 and 1770.

Saint-Malo had another so-called Halle aux Poissons or fish market, octagonal in shape, with cast iron pillars. It was destroyed during the bombardments of the city in 1944 (WWII). The one we see dates from 1954 and replaced by this new concrete and slate hall.

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I am still interested in architecture and this one has wooden frames, very beautiful with oak battens, shingle supports and chestnut shingles held by copper nails, stylized carved wood fish all around the frame. It is superb. The ridge is lead. The frame, visible from the inside, is beautifully crafted and features carved elements in the shape of stylized fish. It evokes a Breton chapel. The roof , the battens are in oak, the shingle supports are in chesnut as well as the shingles all redone in 2015. All around the building, the beams surmounting the stalls are engraved with an inscription in the form of a humorous quatrain: “The sea carries us. The tide carries us away. The fisherman takes us away. This is where he brings me.”

The tourist office of Saint Malo on the markets: https://www.saint-malo-tourisme.com/a-voir-a-faire/les-marches/marche-intra-muros-1580537

The city of Saint Malo on the markets: https://www.ville-saint-malo.fr/marches/

Hope you enjoy it as we do all over France, the markets are it!! Saint Malo have a nice historical markets that are buzzing with locals and visitors alike. Do come in to visit them.

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

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