Marchés is a wonderful time to buy food in France, and it is our pasttime, we go to them even far from home and always when visiting Dieppe. You never know what you find here lol!!
the first is the fish as this is a fishing town yes. La Fontaine - Quai Henri IV - facing the Port de plaisance
Tuesdays and thursdays at the place Nationale in the mornings; and on Saturday at same place and our favorite place St Jacques , rue St Jacques, Rue de la Barre,and Grande Rue from 8h to 13H
What to buy: all kinds of food vegetables and fruit from local vendors, the best and some clothing, but especially the unusual local items like the cheese (fromagerie maître Pennec) on the photo ::) and if want to know more read in French about it here
What to pay: best prices for the real French product
Not that you have a shortage of sea found in Dieppe but Le Trident is a little different.
The fish wives and the fish market.
Then there are the supermarkets.
The the Town fishmongers.
There is also a fish suppliers just in the edge of the Port out of the centre of town off the beaten trap.
It's worth a visit because the price is not inflated and have a wide range of fish and sea food along with some ready for table prepared items, good for dinner parties. They also sell a jar of fish soup.
For a guide on price they are a little more than the Fish wives but a lot cheaper than the high street fish mongers. Highg street price for the soup was around 7 euro, Trident sold it for 4 Euro 80.
What to buy: Fish, Sea food, prepared items.
What to pay: Good value for money.
The Market on Saturday runs the Full Length of the Man Street From the Quay to the Edge of the town by the Castle.
It's full of local producers and traders. In Winter local Farmers are there with literally tons of apples, cider, honey Creme fraiche Fruit, Veg, Salad. Wines, liqueurs, preserves, Meat, fish, shellfish, leather goods, clothes. You name it. All top quality and good prices.
There is was also a small veg Market on a Tuesday with a few stall olfers sell ing items like preserved meats etc.
What to buy: All of the above pus more.
What to pay: The best prices available.
One thing I love in France, and that is Le Fromage. Especially after a three course meal of a typical French nature.
Dieppe has a fabulous little cheese shop where you can taste all the cheese. (As most French towns , I guess). You can also buy local cheese for cheap at the Dieppe Saturday market. ( 3 for 3 Euros, not bad eh?).
(Remember not to let them hang around for too long getting warm in your bags when travelling, you could find people are clearing a very rapid space around you ).
I have just found this wonderful online French cheese store, so I thought I'd pass it on for your interest. (See link below).
"From our cellar to your table. Express Delivery. Ideal for entertaining, reception, a unique present or simply for your personal pleasure".
Say cheese ; )
What to buy: Carre de Roncq, tender, delicious nutty ; St Paulin, sweet and discreetly salty; Maroilles, a lingering delightful aftertaste; Vieille Mimolette, a remarkable hard cheese that is gentle on the palate; and Boulette d’Avesnes, an aromatic cheese with tarragon and cloves, wonderful!
They even have 'cheese accessories.'
The cheese shop in Dieppe is called 'Oliver', where you can sample from over 130 varieties ranging from tiny local producers to famous brands.
This market is great. Lots of organic produce from local farmers, cheeses (we bough 3, for 3 euros), wonderful looking fruit and veg including the largest spring onions I have ever seen. Do your weekly shop before you get back on the ferry home.
(ps French cheese does not travel well on a boat back to Brighton!)
What to buy: Cheese, veg, wine, honey, bread, pate, coffee..everything edible really. (and I mean 'everything)!
What to pay: Cheap!
You arestrongly suggested to avoid buying staff from the big super markets. Try another experience. Visit the specialist shops markets that are excellent places for picking up fresh, local produce. It is also often possible to buy fresh produce direct from farms, mills and co-operatives. These will normally be sign-posted and tend to sell things like oil, olives, cheeses etc. Most shops are open from Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 7.30pm (supermarkets tend to stay open until 10pm), although some food shops will be closed on Monday and open Sunday morning instead. Some smaller shops will close for lunch and bakeries normally close by 1pm.
As well as buying wine from supermarkets or specialist shops (cavistes), it is also possible to buy it from the chateaux and co-operatives, often in 5 or 10 litre containers as well as by the bottle, and these places will often offer tastings before you buy. Supermarkets hold wine promotions in the autumn called Foires au Vin where wine can be bought very cheaply.
When we visited Dieppe it was Saturday morning and the town was a buzz with shoppers. There was a big market that ran the length of the pedestrianised Grand Rue, also stretching across Place Nationale & Place St-Jacques.
What to buy: The main draw-card of the market is the food - fabulous fresh fruits & vegies, meats, cheeses, bread, cakes - all the good stuff! Also some really lovely flowers.
There was also a variety of other items, such as leather goods (including some nice handbags!), clothing and general markety-type stuff.
Just head up Grand Rue from the port and you'll be in the thick of it.
Open each Saturday from 7:00 am to 1:30 pm
Here is a still life of our 'Dieppe Collection' :-)
What to buy: Wine (of course!), Cognac, Cheeses, Candy covered nutty things (bad on teeth, but nice!), postcards of Henry Moore Exhibition, toiletries from French farmacies (better quality, especially toothpaste!), etc etc...
What to pay: Wine is much cheaper, and also tobacco.