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The rich culture and gastronomic delights of France have always been synonymous with vibrant markets that boast an array of flavours, scents, and colours. Each year, the title of “Most Beautiful French Market” is awarded by the popular French TV channel TF1. The year 2023 saw an unprecedented number of votes, making the competition tougher than ever before. Let’s explore the top 10 markets that won the hearts of voters, counting down from number 10 to the crowning glory at number 1

10. Covered market of Colmar – Alsace

Kicking off our list is the enchanting covered market in Colmar, located in the historic Alsace region. Nestled amidst the half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets, this market exudes a magical charm that captures the essence of Alsatian culture. Visitors are drawn to a delightful selection of local delicacies, including the famous Alsatian wines and cheeses.

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apples and other fruit on a market stand in a covered market

Marché Couvert Colmar – Photo credits: E. Fromm – OT Colmar

9. Les Halles de Sète market – Languedoc-Roussillon

Nestled in the vibrant region of Languedoc-Roussillon not far from Montpellier, the Les Halles de Sète market secured the ninth spot. This bustling market is a true haven for food lovers, offering an array of fresh seafood and local produce from the surrounding Mediterranean region. The lively atmosphere and warm hospitality add to its allure, making it a must-visit destination for culinary enthusiasts.

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8. Market of Argenton-sur-Creuse – Centre-Val de Loire

Taking us to the heart of France, the market of Argenton-sur-Creuse in Centre-Val de Loire captivated voters and claimed the eighth position. The town’s idyllic location on the banks of the Creuse River adds to the market’s serene ambiance. Here, visitors can explore a vast selection of organic fruits, vegetables, and artisanal crafts, making it a hidden gem worth discovering.

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Argenton-sur-Creuse, France @ Unsplash

7. Market of Yvetot – Upper Normandy

In the seventh place, we find the charming market of Yvetot, nestled in the serene landscapes of Upper Normandy. This market boasts a unique blend of traditional and contemporary offerings. From freshly harvested vegetables to local delicacies, it celebrates the rich heritage of the region while embracing modern influences.

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6. Market of Thouars – Poitou-Charentes

At number six, the market of Thouars in Poitou-Charentes showcases the rustic charm of French markets. Visitors are invited to savor delectable pastries, cheeses, and wines, while also indulging in a treasure trove of antique finds and local crafts.

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5. Market of Grenade – Midi-Pyrénées

Reaching the halfway mark is the vibrant market of Grenade, located in the heart of the enchanting Midi-Pyrénées region. This market is a kaleidoscope of colours and aromas, offering an enticing selection of regional produce and artisanal delights. From aromatic lavender to flavoursome foie gras, Grenade’s market promises a delightful feast for the senses.

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Halle de Grenade, the largest medieval covered hall in France. Built in the 13th century, its commercial purpose was already noted in 1290 @ Jean-Jacques Lasmolles, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

4. Market of Vannes – Brittany

Claiming the fourth spot is Halles des Lices, the bustling indoor market of Vannes, situated in the picturesque region of Brittany. With its cobbled streets and medieval charm, Vannes serves as a perfect host for a delightful market experience. Visitors can revel in an array of fresh seafood and other local delicacies, all while soaking in the vibrant Breton culture.

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3. Market of Arras – Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Arriving at the podium position is the enchanting Market of Arras in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region. This market captivates visitors with its stunning architecture and a wide array of fresh produce and artisanal crafts. The lively ambiance and warm community spirit make it a beloved destination for both locals and tourists alike.

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The empty market square of Arras. Photo by Diane Picchiottino on Unsplash

2. Market of Garéoult – Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Securing a close second is the vibrant Market of Garéoult in the breathtaking Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. Surrounded by fragrant lavender fields and olive groves, this market offers an exquisite range of Provençal specialties. From aromatic herbs to succulent olives, the flavors of Provence come alive in Garéoult’s vibrant marketplace.

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1. Market of La Réole – Aquitaine

Finally, taking the coveted top spot is the captivating Market of La Réole in the enchanting Aquitaine region, not far from Bordeaux. Taking place along the banks of the Garonne River, this market boasts a perfect blend of history and tradition. Visitors can explore a plethora of artisanal products, regional wines, and gourmet treats. The magical ambiance of La Réole’s market truly exemplifies the essence of the “Most Beautiful French Market” in 2023.

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