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August 21, 2022

Marché couvert or Halles of Pau !

Well another marvel not written enough on it and deserves more as we usually park by here on our trips to Pau !.  And yes even France modernize as these are not old covered market halls but rather very modern indeed. let me tell you a bit more on the covered market or Marché couvert or Halles of Pau ! They are located on a triangle taking the Place de la République, Rue Docteur Siman and Rue de la République and has about 38 merchants.


You get there on local Bus stops Halles Médiathèques, Halles Planté, Halles République . The nice underground car park at Halles République: open from 6h to 21h. Monday to Friday. From 5h to 21h. on Saturday. 9h to 15h Sunday. My treat!

The covered market are spread out and hours as such: stall halls: open from Tuesday to Saturday from 7h to 13h. or 15h depending on the merchants – Halls open on Sunday from 9h to 13h or 15h. depending on the merchants – Halls closed every Monday . The night times or Nocturne des Halles every last Friday from from 17h to 23h. Producers’ tile: open from 6h to 13h Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.


The Halles de Pau were founded in 1975 . Today, since Summer 2019 (the new one not been yet due to covid) , traders have been spread over 2 floors: on the ground floor, merchants from all four seasons, pork butchers, fishmongers, bakeries-pastries, etc. Upstairs, a tasting and catering area with poultry, foie gras, oysters, delicatessen, Breton pancakes, cheeses, etc. The halles ,for the first time in their history, are open on Sundays until 15h.  We browsed and shopped at the Les Caves Fromagéres Béarnaises cheese cellars here since 1975. For three generations the creamery of Ossau / The cheese cellars has specialized in cheeses and dairy products. You can choose from some 250 cheeses from France, Spain, Italy and Great Britain.


The official Halles de Pau:

The city of Pau on the Halles:

There you go folks, this is a wonderful area to walk away from the more known monument into the real living of the local Paulois, and we recommend you try it, see more enjoy more of your visit to my belle France. Enjoy the Halles de Pau as we did.

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

August 21, 2022

The market days of Morlaix !

And here I am again to tell you about another wonderful market or marché or halles when covered of my lovely Bretagne. Now I am in Morlaix, dept 29 Finistére. Lovely port town and vibrant market indeed. This is an update of an older post on one of my favorite subjects in France, the markets


Throughout the year, on Saturdays, rain or shine, Morlaix comes alive: on the forecourt of the city/town hall settles the non-food market until 19h in summer (16h in winter) , while Place d’Allende receives the food market until 13h30. You can stroll among the stalls, meet local traditional or organic producers, choose flowers, clothes or simply enjoy the atmosphere.


The old covered market halls of the closed city of Morlaix, sometimes called the crush, are the heart of the retail trade of the city. They are close to the audience of the royal court of Morlaix. Replaced by large metal halls in the 19C at the expense of a whole block, then razed in the 20C to create a parking, their location still hosts today’s food market on Saturday morning.


The city of Morlaix on its market

The Bay of Morlaix tourist office on the markets:

There you go folks, another market of my lovely Bretagne , in Morlaix, and nice. GO out enjoy them they bring the best of France ,and that my dear friends and readers in my humble opinion of globetrotter and citizen of many , are the best in the world.

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

August 21, 2022

The market days of Quimper !!

As said, markets is an experience you all should have coming to France and a must if living here as I. It is part of the French experience par excellence.  One of the better markets in my region of Bretagne is the one in Quimper. Both a regular market and when Christmas market comes along.  We always enjoy the big market and the covered market or halles but there are others. This is an update of an older post on one of my favorite subjects in France, the markets! 

Les Halles Saint-François , opened in 1847 on the site of the former Saint-François convent, it is the best known market, located in the heart of the city. The only covered market, it has won over its customers by offering them diversified and high-quality products. City center/Downtown are open from April 1 to October 31: Monday from 7h to 19h30. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 5h30 to 20h. Friday 5h to 20h. Saturday from 4h30 to 20h. Sunday from 7h to 13h.  From November 1 to March 31 they are open from Monday from 7h30 to 19h30. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday same times. Friday from 5h30 to 20h. Saturday same times. Sunday from 7h30 to 13h.


Marchés de plein air or Outdoor markets. You have the Big Saturday Market. Open air market where no less than a hundred traders set up shop every Saturday in a green setting along the Steïr river and around Les Halles covered market. The big market offers food and manufactured products. It is a space where local Quimpérois and visitors   can do their shopping in peace, traffic is prohibited.  Around Rue Saint François, Rue Astor, blvd du Moulin au Duc, parc de la Galciére and parc de la ProvidenceSaturdays all year. Food market from 8h to 13h30 , manufactured goods from 8h30 to 19h from April 1 to September 30 and from 8h30 to 18h from October 1 to March 31.


The Wednesday market in open air market where some merchants gathered every Wednesday to propose food and manufactured products. It is a peaceful market.  By Rue Saint François , Rue Astor ,and blvd du Moulin au Duc every Wednesday all year you have a food market from 8h30 to 13h30 and manufactured products from 8h30 to 19h from April 1 to September 30 and 8h30 to 18h from October 1 to March 31.

The Bio market at Kerfeunteun. Here every Friday afternoons the neighborhood market runs at the pace of the Bio market. In the city social house parking producers and merchants converge to sell their products. This is at Place Théophile Bonnemaison , and blvd des Fréres Maillet. Fridays from 15h to 19h30.

The market at Braden. This is on every Sunday morning with food and clothing items in this neighborhood of Braden. This is at Place Victor Schoelcher , Sundays from 7h to 14h.

The city of Quimper on its markets

The Quimper tourist office on the markets

There you go folks,  a wonderful ambiance, great architecture around you, and plenty of good local products to make your stay or living here a life’s dream. Hope you enjoy this post on Quimper and its markets.

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

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