aix calissons smallOn most weekdays, the Old Town of Aix turns into a giant extended market where you can browse delicious regional produce in an exquisite historical setting.

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This gallery, photographed on an early spring morning, gives you a foretaste of what to expect. Scroll down for details of what markets are on when and where and click here to read a general guide to shopping in Aix en Provence.

 

Flower market on the Town Hall square in Aix en Provence

 

 

 

News for markets in Aix en ProvenceFor the next couple of years there are going to be huge disruptions to Aix's market scene.

The Prêcheurs-Madeleine-Verdun complex of squares in the Old Town is being completely renovated and pedestrianised. The utility piping (electricity and water) is being repaired and a new car-park created.

At the same time archeologists will be eagerly checking for buried Roman treasures. All this means that most of the markets that usually set up in this part of Aix are being displaced.

The daily fruit and vegetable market is now at the bottom of the Cours Mirabeau, around the Rotonde.

The craft market is in the Espace Cézanne, by the Tourist Office and the Allées provençales (Tues, Thurs, Sat). The antiques are at the top of the avenue Victor Hugo (Tues, Thurs, Sat).

The flower market is now be held daily on the place de l'Hôtel de Ville, except for the first Sunday of the month, when the square is given over to antiquarian and second-hand books. The clothes market on the Cours Mirabeau (Tues, Thurs) is unaffected by the changes.

And everything will be reshuffled yet again in December to accommodate the various Christmas markets.

Expect plenty of traffic jams, parking problems and all-round chaos during this enormous 20 million €uro project, which won't be completed until, at the very earliest, the end of 2018.

markets of provence smallWarning: If you are driving into Aix, pay special attention to the no-parking signs on market days, as both the police and the tow-away companies patrol these areas zealously.

Useful phone numbers are the police station, (+33) 4 42 93 97 00, and the car pound, or fourrière in French, (+33) 4 42 20 37 69.

Finally, Markets of Provence is a comprehensive new guide to exactly that by the American travel writer Marjorie R Williams.

It's a survey of the best markets all across the region with interviews, background featurettes and useful tips and you can buy a copy on Amazon here.

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