right by the gare or train station and near city center you find this grocery store we have try in several places in France. They are like convenient stores but very useful when in town staying in apartments or hôtels and needed some food,not to mention a quick remedy for the home.
you bear out of the train station right cross the street and in about 150 meters you see the grocery store spar.
What to buy: groceries for a quick fix in town
What to pay: convenience prices but it is for that, when needed it is there.
This is in the best tradition of French passages, or passageways from one to other, with full of stores Inside right on a building. The Passage de l'Epée is nice, right along the river Odet around from city center in a heaven of tranquility and architectural history.
It is at 10 Rue du Parc, a horizontal passage enters buildings and spring on the same street a bit further. It is call passage de l'épée or sword from the name of the institution that it bypasses from the inside.
Several stained glass windows illuminate this passage, the most beautiful being the dome that lights up a tiled plot signed with the monogram of the Hotel.
Note that maxims are engraved on the edges of the glass roofs and are interesting to read. Just an example: "It is not the big that eat the small but the fast that eat the slow".
In 1975, the hôtel de l’Epée closes here and its furniture and decoration is sold. The museum of fine arts acquires the the decoration but it has no space. Then in 1993 at the salle Lemordant it exposes the whole, part of what the passage gave to the city.
You find a nice brasserie right here facing the river Odet and a nice place to unwind. No webpage in contact I have a site talking about old things in Quimper and it has a beautiful picture of the dome of the passage.And see the floor on my picture 2
restaurant brasserie cafe,and small stores selling from trinkets to clothing are now Inside but the main is the architecture of times bygones.
What to buy: relax at the cafe for a view of the quais and the river Odet passing thru city center Quimper
What to pay: a cafe a look nice
the main has its own page tip, then there are several others in town, talk of markets or marchés of food, clothing,flowers etc.
market around the halles st françois
(Place du Steir, quai du Port au vin, place terre au duc, and rue Astor)
Non-sedentary merchants selling priority of non-food products meet the Wednesday and Saturday around the halls.
hours ,days: 1 April to 30 September from 7 h to 19 h.
from 1 October to 31 March from 7 h to 18 h.
the Grand marché
Outdoor Market where not less than a hundred merchants settled every Wednesday and Saturday in beautiful surroundings along the Steir and offers food and manufactured products. It is pedestrian only along the Streets of Saint-François, Astor place terre au duc, boulevard du Moulin - le-Duc ,and Parc de la Glaciére. There are open on Wednesday and Saturday throughout the year
Food Market from 8:30 to 13:30 year-round, and Manufactured products market: from 8:30 to 19:00, 1 April to 30 September and from 8:30 to 6 pm from October 1 to March 31.
Marché biologique or Organic market of Kerfeunteun
Every Friday afternoon, the District of Kerfeunteun lives to the rhythm of the organic market. On the parking of the maison pour tous, producers and non-sedentary merchants gather to sell their products. at the Place Théophile Bonnemaison, blvd des Fréres Maillet. Friday from 15:00 to 19:00
The market of the Braden
This market settles every Sunday morning, and offers food and clothing, to the delight of the inhabitants of the district and others! Place Victor Schoelcher, Sunday from 7:00 to 14:00
The summer flower market or marché de la fleur d'été
this market brings annually the 2nd Sunday in May about 20 exhibitors. They offer a large selection of seasonal plants, but also advice to gardeners who are likely to go. The space one Sunday the Odet docks/quais are transformed into large market to vibrant colors and intoxicating scents.
Fall market: bulbs, spring flowers and shrubs in collection
Initiated on the same principle as the summer flower market, this market exists for more than five years now. Always in the presence of the Société d'horticulture and several producers, this meeting of the 1st Sunday of October becomes a habit. Organized at the time where to plant the biennial flowers, bulbs and shrubs, visitors flocked increasingly many place Laennec in hope to find their happiness and have a Spring Garden under the sign of color!
In contact there is the city site for markets and here is the tourist office site
What to buy: many things see description above. plants and regional sausages and cheese is what attract us here
What to pay: best prices of the year for the special markets of flowers etc, and good prices for local products on the weekly events direct from producers
This is a wonderful house of macarons, the first original in France. The store is full of them in all flavors imaginable. There are delicious and we always grab some passing by here near us.
The delicacies are to be eaten or taken with you, not shipped due to the delicate finish given to them. Just melts in your mouth
Here, aromas fill the most demanding: Strawberry plougastel, caramel salted butter, vanilla, chocolate, honey Lavender... the choice is limited to the inventiveness (without terminals) of their creator.
The buttons are available in two sizes: medium and large, and can be washed away by 6, 12, 24 in beautiful boxes, cream and raspberry, ideal to make a gourmet gift.
What to buy: macarons of all flavors to take with you there are not shipped!
What to pay: good prices considering it is the best of them in the region at least.
This is a genuine Breton house that has spread its wings and it is even in Paris. the best chocolates, and decoration
we have them nearer us but everywhere we search for them. the store is full of goodies and the famous caramel salée chocolates are a must.
you will find macarons and other goodies here too,the stores are full and a nice welcome always offered.
What to buy: special chocolates decoration like at this time a Christmas santa claus all in chocolate for 32€ we grab!
What to pay: chocolates
This is a loaded store on gifts, home decoration, tablewares mugs, mats, gloves, kitchen towels, postcards, porcelain and faîence of the local craftman absolutely the best in the area.
One of our favorites has become for kitchen décoratives items.
60 years of existence and offers the largest selection of pottery of Quimper. Founded by Alphonse Breton, this Breton painting Gallery has expanded over time its offer of Brittany creations. 190 quare meters of space. It has the widest choice of earthenware: HB Henriot, Faïencerie d'art Breton, Pornic, of a very supplied carterie (you will also find posters, placemats, etc), of several shelves devoted to regional products (slabs and shuffleboard in tins to the many decorations, ciders, whiskies, knobs...) and a very large selection of Breton souvenirs.
Authentic showcase of the know-how of the faïenceries, Cornish Art offers the full range of their achievements: the inevitable Bowl to name (more than 1000 references in stock) or la bolée cider until the works of outstanding artists in limited series, passing through a variety of plates, dishes, pets, jewelry... entirely hand-decorated.
just heavens on Brittany.
What to buy: so many things, we like the kitchen deco in fabric with Breton motifs and placemats, but you can really stock up for the entire house.
What to pay: the products are fairly price but they are artisanal jewels of the region. and Faîences are wonders.
Enter at your own risk, this is chocolate heaven and I am always on the clouds when coming here.
We love chocolates and here in Brittany we are heaven, all kinds of mixes, caramels salés, fondants, mix ballotins boxes, and sticks
Ably handle by Dominique and Gwenola Le Darz two artisans chocolatiers that after 25 years have won top prizes in two international contests. They deliver to these countries France ,Monaco, Andorra, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Saint-Marine, Vatican, Portugal, Denmark, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, Norway ,and the DOM ( Guadeloupe, Martinique, Réunion, Guyane).
Very friendly service by two passionate of chocolates like us;you are welcome here.
What to buy: chocolates of course in all sizes shapes and mixes; its breton best chocolatiers.
orangettes or orange chocolates sticks, ballotins boxes with a mix of different pralines,like the Victor Hugo, lol!!! fondant breton chocolates with caramels the Ste Anna are glorious too.
heck buy the whole store !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What to pay: best prices here comparing to Paris.
Faience is fine tin-glazed pottery on a delicate pale buff earthenware body. In France, centres of faience manufacturing developed from the early eighteenth century led in 1690 by Quimper in Brittany. Yes and HB Henriot is one of the best here, to shop.
Early in the 20C, the two grand faienceries were here face to face, HB (Hubaudière-Bousquet) and Henriot. The participation in the international expo of decorative arts in 1925 was a success, and the Breton culture pass by their shops as well. Created in 1690 at Quimper,the HB-Henriot builds and decorates entirely all their pieces of faience here.
the store is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10h -12h45 and 13h45-18h30,you can visit the fabrication for 5 € adults and so on down free for under 7 yrs old.
For my Floridians if cant get it here while visiting you can order it at 300 South County Road
Palm Beach, FL 33480, tel (561) 651-1491 and other points in the USA
What to buy: faience of course, especially we buy many items for the table decoration like cider bowls, rest spoons, and cups and dishes. The world is inmense and the fabrication and beauty unbelievable.
What to pay: good prices at factory prices but the quality is tops nothing comparable anywhere in the world since 1690.
this is a chain in several towns and here it is not only a good selection but in a wonderful architectural building facing the cathedral st Corentin.
The service is like any French dept store, tops, with plenty of selection and good ambiance price wise. They are part of a group including the brands Devred 1902,and Burton of London as well. the group webpge is at http://www.groupe-omnium.fr/index.php
Eurodif started in 1980 by Robert LASCAR, now it has 80 concept stores in France, today the President in France is Annie Bois.
nice all around and the building is an architecture marvel to see in details;
What to buy: fashion clothing is for me an option but also for the house, furniture, decoration, curtains, baths, bedding and kitchen items
What to pay: you can find good prices and nice clothing here
More than 30 years at the spot, it will help you find that special book on ailes of Religious and Human science books, and from that other like 10.000 titles, including : books about Brittany, child literature, works on family and education; Fine arts, essays and religion.
For the art lover,and history buff in you or me ::)
Open Mondays from 14h to 18h45; and Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9h30 to 12h30 and 14h to 18h45
What to buy: books
What to pay: good local prices for the special books you are looking for
all your needs under one roof of fresh produce,fruits, cheeses, meats ,and all around it fabrics, pots, etc. Great ambiance a must especially on Saturday when we are here lol!
Open in 1847 , the best known market St François. The hours are diverse and are
From April 1 to October 31,
Mondays 7h00 to 19h30
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 5h30 to 20h00
Fridays 5h00 to 20h00
Saturdays from 4h30 to 20h00
Sundays 7h00 to 13h00
From November 1 to March 31
Mondays 7h30 to 19h30
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 5h30 to 20h00
Fridays 5h30 to 20h00
Saturdays 4h30 to 20h00
Sundays 7h30 to 13h00
The link will give info in French and of other markets in the city too. However, for me this one is tops in Quimper.
What to buy: fruits, vegetables, cheeses, cold meats, and fabric, pots, you name. We usually buys the fruits on our way here and some cheeses. Great to take back to hotel or home.
What to pay: best prices for the best produce of France!!
This is my favorite store here for me and for the fam. Really nice outfit with the latest fashion cuts, and colors, for mens and womens under Toscane. The prices are correct and you will get away with a nice souvenir at a good local price.
They have stores all over, so in every town I stop by to see the layout. Enjoy the shopping experience. open mondays to saturdays from 9h to 19h
What to buy: mens and womens clothings
What to pay: better prices for the family and of course here cheaper than Paris lol!
Almost any shop in Quimper sells Laguiole cutlery. I was fortunate to purchase a set of knives and associated servers.
What to buy: The Laguiole knife has been crafted in the heart of France for over 200 years. Monsieur Pierre Dubost, a professional in cutlery founded Dubost Colas Pradel in 1920. They started in a small workshop but rapidly grew under the inspiration of Jean Dubost, the founder’s son. The bumblebee that is found on all the Laguiole knives is one of the emblems of the area, signifying its reliability. The blade, made of high-grade stainless steel, is stamped, then ground and then polished with over 25 different manual production stages.
What to pay: It has been so many years but I did purchase at a good price.
Quimper is noted for its Faience-- a tin glazed pottery that has been crafted in the region for hundreds of years. The pottery is beautiful, and varies in style and quality. My favorite is the style pictured here.
You can buy lesser-quality items for very little money, and the price goes skyward for the better quality new and antique items. There are many stores in the town that sell faience. It makes a wonderful gift (for yourself or for someone else)… and it will always give you good memories of a beautiful part of France.
What to buy: The bowls with handles are great for cereal. Small trays make great gifts and are easily transported.
What to pay: Next to nothing for low quality stuff... accelerating rapidly for the work of true artisans or rare antique pieces.