Markets in France are a joy – and also a great tradition. Almost all the bigger towns and cities will have a regular weekly (or more) open-air market. Some have undercover markets too and those are often open 5-6 days a week. In many French markets, the emphasis is on food. Local farmers bring their produce to the markets and you’ll see a variety and freshness that is better than in many other European countries. There are also craft markets where small businesses bring their unique products to sell, including things such as baskets, leather goods and metalwork. In some cities there is also the tradition of markets, often called “Puces”, dedicated to antiques, art and bric-a-brac. French markets can’t usually be called “cheap”. Typically, manufactured item prices will be a little cheaper than you’ll find in major shops though food may actually be more expensive than in the supermarkets but you’re paying extra for quality and freshness. Haggling is not part of French market culture and may cause offence, apart from antique or bric-a-brac markets, where the dealers will usually, though not always, expect you to make an offer rather than pay the asking price. Local tours through Withlocals can provided guided market explorations with help and guidance about best buys and prices.
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