Shopping in Provence

Shopping in France is much like shopping in the US or UK - where prices in shops are clearly indicated, you don't usually bargain. However, at outdoor flea markets or in antiques stores, bargain to your heart's delight. Go ahead and ask the proprietor, "Vous me faites un prix?" ("How about a discount?").

You've got to experience a market while you are in Provence. Nearby markets and market days are:

  • First Sunday of every month for the old book market in Aix-en-Provence (at Place de l'Hôtel de Ville);
  • Wednesday and Saturday morning at Brignoles;
  • Saturday morning at Carces;
  • Friday morning organic market at Correns;
  • Wednesday and Sunday morning at Bras;
  • Saturday morning at Barjols;
  • Tuesday morning (Provençal market) and Friday morning (country market) at Cotignac;
  • Wednesday morning in St. Maximin.

What can you find in the markets? Many things such as fragrant soaps, hand-made santons, delicious pastries, fresh produce, the colourful fabrics that Provence is famous for ...

Other markets include:

  • Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday in Aix-en-Provence for antiques (at Place de Verdun), flower markets (at Place de l'Hôtel de Ville), produce (at Place de la Madeleine and Place des Précheurs), and clothing (around Palais Monclar and Palais de Justice);
  • Wednesday in St-Rémy;
  • Sunday at the antiques market in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.

Because of all the summer homes in Provence, you'll find lots of interior design and decorating shops. Besides the local Provençal pottery and fabrics, you'll find other things such as English garden furniture, and Italian high-design items.