Market Guide: Lot – Cahors

Cahors is a real gem of small town situated in a large crook of the slow-flowing River Lot. It’s a crossroads and point of importance in a number of ways: history, religion and gastronomy combine to make an unmissable stopover point if you find yourself on holiday in France in the South-West.

The main market is on Saturday in front of the 12th-century St. Etienne’s Cathedral in the heart of the mediaeval city at Place Chapou from 08:00 to 12:00. A riot of colour in a great setting, the eclectic market covers the whole square and some surrounding streets, as well as the indoor Halles itself. Wonderful food based around duck and goose is in abundance here, as well as the famous “black wine” of Cahors. A slightly lesser version of the same thing takes place every day, centred around the indoor market and there’s a good bric-a-brac market on the huge esplanade next to the tourist office off Avenue Gambetta from 08:00 to 15:00 on Sundays.

During the summer months, there is also a “Lot of Saveurs” food-festival market that can take on a number of different facets, including a 2,000-seater open-air gourmet meal in the middle of Cahors.

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