About markets in & around Saint Tropez
Market days are a way of life in Provence and the Cote d'Azur. They originated in the 12th century, when farmers and craftsmen would come to nearest market town to sell their wares, or engage in bartering agreements.
Not much has changed since those days - the market is still the place to come for locally grown produce of all shapes & sizes. Check our Events Calender to find out the dates and times of markets and other events throughout the year.
Types of Market
You can expect to find two types of market - the farmers market and the Provencal market. The farmers market is where you'll find the fruit and vegetable of the local region on sale, plus meat from the butcher, bread and cakes from the baker, cheeses, herbs & spices. Anything to do with food really! This is the kind of market that all the larger villages offer. Prices tend to be higher than you would find in the supermarket, but the taste and the quality of market-bought goods simply does not compare to the mass produced, anemic fruit & veg in the local Super U. The climate in Provence lends itself so beautifully to farming that much of the produce in the market is organically grown and likely to have been picked the day before.
The Provencal market (Marche Provencal) tends to be much larger, with all the fresh produce described above, with the addition of clothing, fabrics (napkins & tablecloths are most popular), ceramics and other local crafts, costume jewellery, leather goods - the list goes on...
Flea markets are also popular - they are known as Marche aux Puces or La Brocante (secondhand goods). They tend to occur once a month at selected locations, usually on a Sunday.
Where & when
Place des Lices Market
This is a fantastic market which sells a huge range of foods including breads, pastries, cheeses, sausages, flowers, olives, spices, herbs, fruit and vegetables. Locals head to the market early to secure the freshest produce. Here you can also find fashion items in that typical French Riviera style. Prices are good here too - a rarity on the Cote d'Azur and certainly in St Tropez...but best come early with the locals to bag those bargains!
Tuesday and Saturday morning, from 08:00 until 13:00
La Grande Braderie de Saint Tropez
Envied by many towns, La Grande Braderie de Saint Tropez is, under any circumstances, an event not to be missed. Over several days in late October, the boutiques of Saint Tropez move lots of their clothes out into the street on racks and tables to sell them off at extremely reduced prices. This is a custom that happens in clothes shops across France, and sends many people all-a-tizzy. In addition to all the great bargains, there is a friendly and festival style atmosphere in the streets of Saint Tropez.
Nearby Village Markets
The surrounding markets all follow a similar pattern - fresh produce around the main square, specialist food stalls fanning out from there, then cheap clothes, household goods and craft stalls for the tourists. Markets open from 8am to 1pm unless otherwise stated.
- Ramatuelle: Thursdays & Sundays - Place de l'Ormeau
- Cogolin: Wednesdays & Saturdays - Place Victor Hugo
- La Croix-Valmer: Sundays
- Cavalaire-sur-mer: Wednesdays - Place Jean Moulin
- Sainte-Maxime: Thursdays - Place du Marché
- La Garde Freinet: Wednesday & Sunday mornings - Place Neuve
- Port Grimaud: Thursday and all day Sunday
- Grimaud: Thursday - Place Vieille
During the summer months many of the towns around Saint Tropez will also host a Marche Nocturne (night markets), selling local produce, handicrafts and providing plenty of food and drink. The main ones to look out for during July and August are Ramatuelle Night Market, La Faviere Night Market in Bormes-les-Mimosas and La Croix-Valmer Night Market.
Normally open from 17:00 or 19:00 until midnight.