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Quick Guide to the Markets in Aix-en-Provence: Market Days, Locations, and What to Buy17/06/2023
Article written by Elisa - Travel Writer & Local in France
Aix-en-Provence is a perfect holiday spot for culture lovers. The city is famous for its charming squares and beautiful fountains, and you will find many things to see and do there.
Most of all, Aix-en-Provence is famous for its typical provencal markets, which sell a wide range of different items.
Shopping in the colorful markets in Aix-en-Provence is one of the best things to do in Aix-en-Provence! The Old Town of Aix is very walkable, and all the markets are located within a few minutes of each other, perhaps with a stop at a café for a second breakfast and a little rest & people-watching.
This quick guide to the Aix-en-Provence markets is a comprehensive overview of all you need to know about the markets: Aix-en-Provence market days, locations, and what to buy.
TIP: This Provence road trip includes the city of Aix-en-Provence.
Markets in Aix-en-Provence (City Center)
Aix-en-Provence hosts many different markets selling various items, and they are all unique and beautiful to visit.
The markets in Aix-en-Provence occupy the main squares in the city center and the famous Cours Mirabeau, Aix’s most lively street. Visit the Aix markets for some shopping, meet the locals in a café, or just sit somewhere to watch people strolling around.
Several of Aix-en-Provence markets are hosted in lesser-known neighborhoods, which are also worth exploring. These markets will be covered in a separate post (work in progress!).
Following are the Aix-en-Provence markets you will find in the city center:
>> The Aix-en-Provence Food Market is everyone’s favorite. Seasonal fruits and vegetables, freshly-caught fish, and typical food products from Provence are among the products you will find.
>> The Aix-en-Provence Flower Market makes its location even prettier with pots of fragrant, multi-colored flowers. Walking around, you will feel like being in a picture-postcard France!
>> You will love the Aix-en-Provence Arts & Crafts Market if you like shopping for home decor, like kitchen tools and local pottery vases. This market also sells items that make for fantastic souvenirs, such as handmade Marseille soap bars.
>> The Grand Marché du Cours Mirabeau is the unmissable Aix-en-Provence Flea Market. From colorful textiles to second-hand clothes, every item you can think of it is sold in this Aix-en-Provence Antique Market!
>> The Aix-en-Provence Book Market is the dream for literature geeks. In this Aix market, you can purchase new publications and old books. Keep your eyes sharp to spot some rare first editions!
Map of the Aix-en-Provence Markets (City Center)
GOOD TO KNOW. Places Comtales is the general name given to the “three” squares that form the Quartier Comtal of Aix-en-Provence: Place de Verdun, Place des Prêcheurs, and the streets around the Eglise de la Madeleine (there is no Place Madeleine in Aix-en-Provence).
Aix-en-Provence Market Days
You will be glad to hear that all the days are market days in Aix-en-Provence! Depending on the day of the week, there are different markets in different locations.
Usually, the Aix-en-Provence market times are from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. During the good season, some markets may last longer.
Monday is the day of the Food and Fish Market, hosted in the beautiful Place Richelme.
On Tuesday, you have many market options. Starting from the Grand Marché of Cours Mirabeau, another one is the popular Aix-en-Provence Food Market, which you will find in two different locations, Place Richelme and Places Comtales.
If you want more markets to explore, stop by the gorgeous Flower Market in Place de l’Hotel de Ville and the Arts & Crafts Market (in Place Forbin and rue Thiers).
In Place des Anciens Combattants d’Afrique du Nord and the upper part of Avenue Victor Hugo, you will find a brocante (Aix-en-Provence Flea Market).
Wednesday and Friday
On Wednesday and Friday, you can visit the Food and Fish Market in Place Richelme and the Flower Market in Places Comtales (Place des Prêcheurs).
Thursday is another busy market day in Aix as you can spend the whole morning walking from one place to another for some shopping.
The ever-present Food and Flower Market in Place Richelme and Place de l’Hotel de Ville, respectively, are joined by the Food Market at Places Comtales and the Flea Market in Place des Anciens Combattants d’Afrique du Nord and the upper part of Avenue Victor Hugo.
On Thursday, you can also visit the Grand Marché in Cours Mirabeau and the gorgeous Arts & crafts Market in Places Comtales, Place Forbin, and Rue Thiers.
You will have so much fun on Saturday, thanks to the presence of all the Aix-en-Provence markets – you’re spoiled with choices!
The Food Market in Place Richelme and Places Comtales.
The Flower Market in the beautiful Place Hotel de Ville.
The Grand Marché in Cours Mirabeau.
The Flea Market at Place des Anciens Combattants d’Afrique du Nord and the upper part of Avenue Victor Hugo.
The Art & Crafts Market in Places Comtales and Place Forbin with Rue Thiers.
Sunday is a special day as you will find the Book Market in Place de l’Hotel de Ville, but only on the first Sunday of the month. This is why the Flower Market, usually in Place de l’Hotel de Ville on Sundays, moves to Places Comtales on the first Sunday of the month.
On Sunday, you can also shop at the Food and Fish Market in Place Richelme.
Speaking of the first Sunday of the month, if you are in Aix-de-Provence, stop by Place de l’Université to attend live performances by local artists. A free street concert is also performed on the third Sunday of each month!
And there you have it, Aix-en-Provence market days with the locations for each market. Enjoy exploring all the different Aix-en-Provence markets to buy fresh food or a souvenir.