Market Guide: Isère – Grenoble

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Grenoble is one of France’s “lucky” cities – it’s pretty and it enjoys a dramatic setting at the foot of the Alps and its talent for continued innovation has meant that it retains a vibrancy and economic élan that has kept it in the top tier of the most desired cities to live in in France for the last 30 years. Moreover, it has a fine rugby team with two Irish men employed as coaches and two more as players at the time of publishing.

There are 15 markets in this city of 160,000 people (its greater urban area comprises about 650,000), with all of them running throughout the year.

Marché Victor Hugo is one of the biggest. It’s in the centre of town at the elegant square Place Victor Hugo, surrounded on all sides by elegant 19th-century buildings. It runs every day except Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00, selling lots of local manufactured produce, food and local produce.

Running every day except Monday, the Marché Saint Bruno takes place on Place St Bruno from 07:00 to 13:00. On Sundays, it often finishes slightly later and on Fridays, it runs all day until 18:00. It’s a large one with a good variety of produce on sale. Dominated by a rather “Irish”-looking church at one end, the park beside it makes for a nice picnicking spot on a sunny day.

The Marché St André runs every day except Monday from 06:00 to 13:00 on the gorgeous little square of Place Saint-André that seems tucked away off pedestrian streets close to the river. It’s a traditional-style market too, with a mixture of everything you’d expect to find in a French market, including plenty of local delicacies.

Marché de l’Abbaye is open every day except Monday on Place de la Commune de 1871 from 06:00 to 13:00. Selling the full range of foodstuffs and clothing, it is shorter on stalls in the winter months.

Marché des montagnes de l’Isère is an intriguingly named one that takes place every Friday afternoon from 15:00 to 19:00 on the Place aux Herbes, just around the corner from the Marché St André.

Marché de l’Estacade has a great reputation for good quality traditional fare in food at reasonable prices. It runs from Tuesday to Sunday from 06:00 to 13:00 on Avenue de Vizille/Rue Joseph Rey, with stalls set up underneath the overpass.

Other markets…

Marché Hébert – Thurs, Fri, Sat from 06:00 to 13:00 – corner of Rue Hébert and Joseph Fourrier.

Marché Hoche – Wed 16:00 to 19:00, Sat 07:00 to 14:00 – Place André Malraux

Marché Victor Hugo – Mon to Sat, 10:00 to 20:00 – Place Victor Hugo

Marché des Halles Sainte Claire – Tues, Wed, Sun, 06:00 to 19:00 (half-day Wed) – Place Sainte Claire

Marché Mistral – Wed,Sat, 06:00 to 13:00 – 78 Ave Rhin et Danube

Marché Général Férrié – Fri, 06:00 to 13:00 – Rue Général Férrié

Marché Villeneuve – Tues to Sun, 06:00 to 13:00 (15:00 to 19:00 Thurs) – 110 galerie de l’Arlequin

Marché Malherbe – Tues to Sun, 06:00 to 13:00 – Avenue Malherbe

Marché Liberation – Fri, Sat, 06:00 to 13:00 – 88 Cours de la Liberation

Marché Europole – Thurs, 15:00 to 19:00 – Place Firmin Gautier

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