Marche du Centre Ville

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The sounds and smells emanating from the March de Centre Ville could convince anyone to enter the bustling market atmosphere. Prepare yourself to lose track of time for a couple of hours. This must-see market, which focuses primarily on food, can be found within magnificent covered market halls that date back to the 19th century. 

There are market gardeners, butchers, fishmongers, oyster farmers, cheese makers, bakers, and caterers there, which makes it the ideal place to fill your basket with delicious goods because you can purchase them from a variety of vendors. 


  • Satisfy your requirements for the essentials of daily life: 

The market referred to as a 'gastronomic temple,' is one of Europe's most vibrant food destinations, featuring unique, kaleidoscopic displays of fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices, and a wide variety of sweet baked goods. In addition, the market has been called a 'gastronomic temple.' Shoppers like to take their time and stroll through the market, even though it is busy with people haggling and vendors chatting: 

  • You can anticipate spending less money thanks to the wide variety of fresh and reasonably priced fruits, vegetables, teas, tofu products, noodles, meats, and delicious pancakes and loaves of bread: 

At the market, residents of La Rochelle and the surrounding area can shop for fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, and other non-food items such as clothing, footwear, and home furnishings.  In addition, cabbage (including romanesco, Brussels, and curly varieties), broccoli, tomatoes, potatoes, melons, beans, spinach, and cucumbers are available at the markets.  The central section of the market is where you will find the largest booths occupied by the most reputable fishmongers in all of France. 

  • Get amazing photographs that capture the sentiment of local markets and their essence:

Before dawn, when trucks carrying fruits and vegetables from neighboring regions arrive, the market comes to life. If you're a photographer, this is one of the best times to visit the market because there are fewer people and more action. At the market, the busiest times are early in the morning and late in the evening. There are deliveries of fresh flowers made to the market both very early in the morning and late in the day. The stores remain open after sunset, and most merchants offer discounts to entice customers to make purchases of perishable items. 

  • Invest in judicious investments and keep your nose tuned in for the scent of freshly baked sandwiches: 

Cinnamon, mace, star anise, and hot peppers are some of the exotic herbs and spices found on this island; other examples include mace, star anise, and cinnamon. Get plenty of your go-to condiments, like hot sauce, before the storm hits. 

  • Be prepared to fill your stomach with delicious food samples and other items that can be taken away with you if you arrive earlier in the day: 

This market is well-known for its communal dining area, allowing customers to eat their meals while chatting and sharing the latest news. Grab a bite to eat and take your picnic to one of the nearby gardens.  According to historical accounts, the city's old gate served as the location of the first market in the town, which specialized in the sale of meat and opened in the early 13th century. 

  • imageDuration Required
    2 hours

Address of Marche du Centre Ville

1 rue Gambetta, 17000, La Rochelle, France

Opening & Closing time of Marche du Centre Ville

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