My favourite thing about life in France is their traditional food markets. Unlike in the UK where outdoor food markets have all but disappeared (bar the odd farmer’s market where prices are rather high), France still has a tradition of buying their food and bread each day at the morning markets. While living in Montpellier, I stumbled upon le marché de Saint-Clément, also known as le marché des Arceaux, held beneath the beautiful St Clément aqueduct. Bustling with people of all ages and awash with smells and colours, it was the perfect way to pass a saturday morning.
Tasters, well don’t mind if I do. There is no need to eat breakfast before coming here – you can nibble your way through beautifully ripe fruits, an amazing spread of olives, nuts, bread, charcuterie, cake and cheeses.
Seasonal veg, all much cheaper than the supermarket, and without a doubt, more tasty.
You won’t find this monster mushroom at your local supermarket!
Introducing the mint tea man: almost a celebrity amongst the market folk, the mint tea man is one cool gent. With his Caribbean-vibe music and cheery demeanour, it’s a pleasure to stop by his shack on wheels (and for only 1 euro, it’s a bargain pit-stop). You can’t miss the heavenly aroma of fresh mint as you pass by. Try his unique addition of pine nuts which soak up the flavour of mint and become deliciously sweet, plus he offers a free little almond cake!
You can also buy fresh ravioli, quiches, roast chicken, and many local and foreign dishes such as provencal chicken or stir-fried noodles for lunch.
I would have loved to fill up my suitcase with all this amazing produce; unfortunately that would mean leaving all of my possessions behind, so I stuck to taking lots of photos instead.
A yummy sandwich made with my purchases – smelly cheese, juicy marinated olives, rich dried tomatoes, lemon preserve and salad.
Le Marché des Arceaux
Boulevard des Arceaux
Open 07:00-13:30 (Tues-Sat)