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Market guide around Calais

Shopping trips to France with this comprehensive guide to the markets

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Now you can plan your shopping trips to France with this comprehensive guide to the markets in Nord-Pas de Calais.

You know how it is - you're driving through a charming French town and see they're just packing up the market stalls. If only you'd known in advance you'd have got there earlier.

Well now you can thanks to our comprehensive market guide. We give you the lowdown on over 50 markets in the Nord-Pas de Calais region, all within an easy drive of the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Terminal. Most markets start at about 8-9 am and end at lunchtime - and with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's 35 minute crossing, you get a head start.

A French market really is a feast for the senses. Stalls laden with the freshest of vegetables: sun-ripened melons, giant red tomatoes, plump pink-tinged bulbs of garlic, shiny purple aubergines, piquant piles of black and green olives and all sorts of interesting salads. Farmers' wives selling a unique assortment of home-produced goodies - rich golden butter, home-made preserves, bunches of fresh herbs and baskets of goose eggs. There are stalls devoted to local cheeses - like Coeur d'Arras and Maroilles, plus pâtés and cold meats, tempting pastries, bread and tartes du pays, all perfect for a picnic.

It's a good idea to bring a cool bag with you to keep your purchases fresh for the journey home. Many of the markets have much more to offer, too, from kitchen utensils and French provincial cookware to clothes, shoes and even carpets. While often the streets leading off the market place develop into intriguing flea markets where you can hunt happily for some unusual bargains.

In summer, little villages on the coast, like Wissant, see their markets grow to 4 or 5 times their usual size when they offer all sorts of holiday extras like beach games and nautical clothing, not to mention the freshest fish plucked that morning from the nearby sea. And if you don't make it with the early birds - there's always the consolation that you'll scoop up some bargain fruit and vegetables as the market closes.

So Happy Shopping!

Market days in Nord-pas de Calais

    AIRE SUR LA LYS: Friday morning

    AMBLETEUSE: Wednesday morning

    ARDRES: Thursday morning

    AUCHEL: Tuesday morning

    ARRAS: Wednesday and Saturday morning - Grand Place

    ARQUES: Tuesday morning - Grand Place

    BAPAUME: Friday morning - Place Faidherbe

    BEAURAINVILLE: Wednesday morning

    BERCK SUR MER: Tuesday, Friday and Sunday morning - Place Claude Wilquin Wednesday and Saturday morning - Place de l'Eglise

    BETHUNE: Monday and Friday morning - Place Lamartine Wednesday and Saturday morning - Mont-Liebaut

    BOULOGNE SUR MER: Wednesday and Saturday morning - Place Dalton Sunday morning - Place Vignon et Quai Gambetta from May until October Fish market every morning Quai Gambetta

    BRUAY LA BUISSIERE: Sunday morning - Place Bodelot et Rue Raoul Briquet

    CALAIS: Wednesday and Saturday morning - Place d'Armes Thursday and Saturday - Place Crévecoeur Sunday morning - Beau-marais district

    CAMIERS: Monday morning

    CONDETTE: Sunday morning

    DESVRES: Tuesday morning

    ETAPLES SUR MER: Tuesday and Friday morning - Place du Général de Gaulle

    FAUQUEMBERGUES: Thursday morning

    FREVENT: Tuesaday morning - Place du marché à bestiaux

    FRUGES: Saturday morning

    GUINES: Friday morning

    HARDELOT: Sunday morning – from Easter to October every 2 weeks – July/August every Sunday

    HESDIN: Thursday morning

    HESDIGNEUL LES BETHUNE: 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month (Bio market from 4.00 to 6.00 pm)

    HOUDAIN: Thursday and Saturday morning

    HUCQUELIERS: Wednesday morning

    LE PORTEL PLAGE: Tuesday and Friday morning

    LE TOUQUET: June 1st to September 15th Monday, Thursday, Saturday morning - Place du marché couvert September 16th May 31st Thursday and Saturday morning - Place du marché couvert

    LENS: Tuesday and Friday morning - Place Roger Salengro Saturday afternoon - Grande Résidence

    LIEVIN: Wednesday morning

    LILLERS: Saturday morning - Place Roger Salengro et Place de l'Eglise

    LUMBRES: Friday morning - Grand Place

    MARQUISE: Thursday morning

    MERLIMONT: Monday and Friday in summer - Place de la gare

    MONTREUIL SUR MER: Saturday morning

    PAS EN ARTOIS: Tuesday morning – every 2 weeks

    SAMER: Monday morning - Grand Place Foch

    SAINTE-CECILE: Tuesday and Thursday morning - town centre - Esplanade de Sainte-Cécile - 15 june – 15 july

    SAINT-OMER: Wednesday morning - Place Perpignan Saturday morning - Place Foch

    SAINT-POL SUR TERNOISE: Monday morning

    STELLA PLAGE: Wednesday and Sunday - 15 Juneau 15 September

    THEROUANNE: Tuesday morning

    WIMEREUX: Tuesday and Friday morning

    WISSANT: Wednesday morning

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