For many, it’s one of the most pleasant lively larger towns in the west of France. It has a long and illustrious history, having been the seat of Anjou and a major European centre of intellectual prowess. Today, it’s a city of about 400,000 inhabitants.
Marché Centre ville La Fayette Eblé: aka Le Grand Marché, or The Big Market. This happens throughout the year every Saturday from 08:00 to 13:30 on the Rue Saint Laud and Place Imbach. It’s an open-air market that spreads into the surrounding streets during the summer selling everything under the sun.
The Marché de Belle Beille takes place on Place every Tuesday and Thursday on Place Marcel Vigne from 08:00 to 13:30. It sells a broad range of produce, including food with lots of local specialities, organic produce, drinks, flowers, fish and clothing.
The more central Marché Doutre Saint-Jacques Nazareth is held every Thursday on Place Bichon from 08:00 to 13:30 and on Saturday at Place Bordillon (same times), selling the full range of market produce again.
Marché Monplaisir is another year-round event, taking place on Boulevard Alloneau every Wednesday and Sunday from 08:00 to 13:30. Also sells the full gamut of market produce.
The Marché place Ney is found every Tuesday throughout the year on Place Ney, running from 08:00 to 13:30.
Friday is the day for the special market for local produce – Marché des producteurs locaux. This is found throughout the year on Rue Saint Julien from 16:00 to 19:00. Here, you’ll find local stuff only and it it’s a delightful eye-opener of an experience to discover that this area is the home of such wonders as galipette mushrooms, an amazing range of seafood surprises, local wines and vintage liqueurs such as Menthe-Pastille, Guignolet and Cointreau.
Every Thursday throughout the year, the Square Jeanne d’Arc plays host to the Marché Justice Madeleine Saint-Léonard; a mouthful of a name that opens from 08:00 to 13:30 selling an open range of produce.
Marché Rosarie is on Place Jean XXIII every Saturday from 08:00 to 13:30, selling mostly food and drink.
For those seeking the best in organic produce, then the Marché Bio on Place Molière is the place to be every Saturday from 08:00 to 13:00. The concentrated market has about 10 producers in total in a 100% organic market.
Finally, for any lovers of flea markets, you need to get yourself to the corner of Rue Toussaint and Place Kennedy on the first Sunday of every month. The day-long market continues until 19:00.