It’s a lovely Sunday morning stroll up to this wonderful producers’ market on the waterfront in Bordeaux. Around 60 stalls sell seasonal fruit and vegetables, exquisite foods from artisan producers, and numerous treats that can be consumed on the spot.
There’s a great ambience to the market, which is in the hip Chartrons quarter with lovely views over the Garonne River, areas for children to play, and tables and chairs for those who want to rest and eat.
Local wine, cider and artisanal beer are on offer, and there are a few stalls selling organic produce.
Some of the local specialities are really unique such as these incredible figs stuffed with foie gras. Believe me when I tell you that I thought I had died and gone to heaven.
Their friendly creator, Norbert, can also be seen at markets in St Astier and Riberac (Dordogne) and at les Capucins in Bordeaux.
We spotted delicious glacé fruits (including glacé pomelo), anchovies in a huge array of oils, amazingly cheap bread, and an impressive selection of cheese, sea salt, charcuterie and other products.
The market presents a great opportunity to try a variety of foods such as Bretonne crepes, canalé, pastries, oysters, mussels and exceptionally good rotisserie chicken.
There was a long queue for the Oléron oysters, which were shucked to order and the perfect finish for our market expedition.
When? Sundays from 7am to 1pm.
Where? Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux, France.
How to get there? Take the tram which stops directly in front of the market.