Aix-en-Provence is a very different French city. There are fountains and trees and beautiful buildings as in the rest of France, but there don't seem to be as many museums and churches to visit. It's fun to wander the streets in the Old Town, to have a coffee on the Cours Mirabeau and to visit the Musée Granet and Cezanne's studio. St. Sauveur Cathedral is a must-see, but you'll have time left so find a market and enjoy.
They are in different places on different days so check the web site below to find out where the market will be the day you'll be in Aix. If you have several days, visit several markets; they are all different and interesting. Even if you don't buy anything, you'll have a grand time watching other people shopping.
There is a market every day at Place Richelme and it's always nice. High summer is, of course, the best time and early autumn is also great fun. However, there will always be things for sale and people to enjoy.
The following Aix city web site lists absolutely every market. It is only in French. Aix-en-Provence City Market list
AEP has a wonderful open markets almost every day of the week. Please doe visit the old town and around the main street "Court de Mirabeau", you will find interesting and eye-catching markets with many local fruits, food, antiques, etc.
OPen markets really gives a pleasure to your traveling life.
When it is MARKET DAY in Aix (more than once a week) it is great to walk through the old city centre where you can find all stands in the narrow streets and on the atmospheric little squares....
Stands full of the most surprising, attractive, colourful things, all worthy of a photo!!
This photo I took at a stand filled with dozens of colourful cotton bags filled with all kinds of spices and herbs....
They say that the markets in Provence are second-to-none. It is so hard to judge, as the markets all over France are in a class of their own - they truly are a delight and you must get along to as many as you can, if not to stock up on wonderful produce and delicacies, but just to absorb the atmosphere and tantalise the senses.
But the market in Aix really is special. It's open most mornings so get along before lunchtime to stroll amongst the locals and dodge the tourists' lenses. You'll find beautiful fresh produce - ripe fragrant tomatoes, peaches bursting with flavour...just ask what's good on the day and let the seller select the best for you. Mounds of colourful spices sit alongside purveyors of the most divine saucisson, or dried sausages. If you get a chance to pick up a wild boar sausage, do so. It'll leave you speechless. There are cheese sellers and tables stacked with freshly-baked breads and pastries - and we all know there's nothing that smells better than warm baguettes.
Stock up at the markets in the morning then head out of town for a picnic in the gorgeous Provence countryside - and really understand the concept of joie de vivre.
Every morning on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday there is a market in the center of town. The market has all sorts of local products such as clothing, cheeses, antiques, spices and produce. I would recommend grabbing some of the excellent local food here and enjoying it while walking around the market.
The Marché d'Aix en provence is one of the most interesting and enjoyable I've seen in France : Antiques, craftmanship, fruit and veggies, local made cheeses and charcuterie, local products, but also clothes. A very varried market indeed. I just love that mix of smells, colors, people.
The market is settled every Tuesday, Thirsday, Saturday from 7 am to 1pm
M's notes for this photo say "Foire Artisans in Aix, along Cours Mirabeau". We lucked out, we arrived in Aix to find a little street market, rather like a large garage sale, in progress.