We like to shop for food around La Place des Merciers and find good bread, cheeses and pate, fruit and vegetables and meat. So much nicer and more interesting than a supermarket "shop".
Members of the family have bought watch straps, shoes, ear-rings, colouring books and toys, a handbag and useful things for the house or garage tool box.
Even the boulangrie looks different and enticing - particularly at Easter time when the confections turn into works of art.
If you wander the town you will visit the r. de L'Horloge to the tourist office and the Clock Tower. Between the two on the right, the r. de Saint-Sauveur leads to that church. Shortly after entereing it on your left is a fine entrance gate to an old stone mansion. If you peer into the open courtyard you will see a sign directing you to a veritable mall of buyable tourist merchandise, mostly women's apparel. If nothing else it is an example of utilization of an old building. All our daughters-in-law got scarves and bracelets out of this detour.
There are many craft shops as you walk the town down to the Jerzual Gate. We have found that when travelling light the only things to look for are textiles (doilies ,scarves) that take up the space of a discarded old T-shirt. Sometimes sturdy trinkets of wood (window shade pulls). For those who come from nearby in their own car, the glasswork shown here is very tempting. Some places also ship.
What to buy: Various items
The market occurs every Thursday in the two adjacent squares: the Places Champs-Clos and du Guesclin. We had to remove our car from the area before 8AM because of it. It is mostly for residents but some local crafts can be found. Failing that, you will have no difficulty in getting picnic supplies (as we did for our early departure and onward journey).
What to buy: Craftwork
Most towns in France have a food market at least once a week, and Dinan has a great one each Thursday morning.
The market is located in place du Champ and place du Guesclin (so make sure you don't park your car here on a Wednesday night!).
What to buy: All types of food are sold at the market - we saw some fabulously fresh looking fruits & vegetables, meats, various breads & other bakery products, selection of fresh fish and plenty of cheeses. There were some lovely flowers too.
There was also clothing on sale, along with some local arts & crafts, plus other general merchandise that you see at markets all over Europe.
Definitely worth a browse if you find yourself in Dinan on market day.
Located on the pretty Place des Merciers, the Conserverie La Belle-Iloise is a lovely shop selling some delicacies of the region.
They specialise in tinned sardines and tuna. We were amazed at the large number of varieties available in the shop and had a lot of trouble deciding what to buy!
What to buy: We settled for some sardines with tomato in olive oil, buying a pack of 5 tins for 11.65 euro. Perhaps not cheap, but we are sorry we didn't buy more - these sardines are delicious!! A tin, some fresh bread and a nice chilled bottle of white wine makes the perfect light summer meal!
Apparently the sardine is highly renowned in these parts, with some top quality fish canned with vintage and fishery details on the tin and then sold in years to come for a high price, just like a fine vintage of wine.
Our sardines are only 2005 vintage, but taste pretty fabulous to me!
What to pay: Not cheap, but worth every euro!