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.
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!
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!!
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
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
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.
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.
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.