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Foodie in France

Markets worth a detour

France and food are synonymous…it’s hard to think of one without the other. If you are planning a break in France, treat yourself to a visit to a few of its famous traditional markets.

From beautiful local cheeses, to luxurious foie gras and juicy fresh fruits, these markets have everything you could possibly need to organise a picnic to remember. Just add a baguette and you are good to go. Or- if you plan ahead- indulge in some culinary treats with Christmas in mind.

While every village will have its own weekly market, here are just three of the most famous markets in a country famous for its markets.

1: La Flotte Market in Ile de Ré

With its vast array of mouth-watering cheeses, you will be spoilt for choice at this quaint market. The market is half-covered and paved and is a great example of medieval architecture. The town of La Flotte itself is also wonderfully charming with a lovely old marina lined with pretty French houses.

2: The Ribérac Market in Dordogne

The town of Ribérac livens up on Friday mornings when traders and shoppers make their way to the town’s market, one of the biggest in the Perigord region. At this market, visitors can expect to find clothes, souvenirs and fresh fruit and vegetables. They will also find spices, cheeses making this market a real foodie paradise.

3: The truffle market in Richerenches,in the Vaucluse

Truffles are a true staple of French cuisine and there are few better markets than this one if you plan to invest in some of these delicious treats. The market itself takes place each Saturday between mid-November and the end of March and is said to be one of the most important truffle markets in all of Europe. In fact, the truffle is so well loved in this town that every January there is a “truffle mass” where the church collection is for truffles instead of money.

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