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The Auvergne is brimming with markets and fairs. A great way to taste the local food products and discover local artisans, all while visiting the charming cities and villages of Auvergne.
Local producers make their way into the towns of Auvergne every week to sell their products at marchés alimentaires (food markets). For bargain hunters, weekly markets are often paired with marchés aux puces (flea markets) or brocantes (bric-a-brac sales). In the summer, many of the towns and villages of Auvergne have an annual vide-grenier (jumble sale); be on the lookout for flyers during your holidays.
Local tourist offices can also provide you with information on markets and fairs in Auvergne.
The covered Saint-Pierre food market in Clermont-Ferrand is open from Monday to Saturday. On Sundays, head to nearby Aubière for a large outdoor food market or to the Salins neighborhood for a flea market.
Saturday morning is market day in Issoire, in the Place de la République behind the abbey church. And don’t miss the flea market in the Place de la Montagne on the 3rd Sunday of each month.
Le Puy-en-Velay truly comes alive for its Saturday morning market. The area around the vibrant Place du Plot welcomes food producers, and the Place du Clauzel welcomes bric-a-brac stands. Saturday is also market day in the centre of Brioude. In the summer, music and other spectacles combine with the food stands.
Visit the Haute-Loire’s website to find out more market days in the area.
Wednesday and Saturday mornings in Aurillac are market days. Discover the local products of Cantal in the covered market and the square of the Hôtel de Ville.
The streets around the covered market in Moulins are filled with local producers and flea market stands on Friday mornings. In Vichy, the renovated Grand Marché covered market offers 4800 m2 of local Auvergne products, open Tuesday to Sunday.
Summer in Auvergne is filled with fairs paying tribute to local products and local artisans. Soak up the wonderful, friendly atmosphere of the Auvergne's rural festivals!
Charroux, a “Most Beautiful Village” hosts an artist and artisan fair the first Sunday of August. In the town of Les Estables on the first weekend in June, discover the “Fête du Fin Gras”, honoring the AOC beef fin gras du Mézenc. The Col du Beal in the Livradois-Forez celebrates the blueberry during their annual “Fête de la Myrtille” on August 15th. In mid-September, discover the cornet de Murat, a cone pastry, during the festival in the town of the same name.