You’ll never find me happier than when I’m at a European fresh market first thing in the morning. And Bourges, with its sprawling, glamorous Sunday morning marche was no exception. Fresh produce lounged in the shade on long tables. Seafood chilled in the indoor market stalls. Baked goods piled high. And the scent of roasting rotisserie chickens wafted out from slow-turning roasters.
If you are going to Bourges, make sure to go on a Sunday.
How to get there
The market sprawls inside, outside, and all around Halle Saint-Bonnet at 4-8 Bd de la République.
When to go
The market is open Sunday mornings from 7:30. I couldn’t find an exact closing time, but the earlier you go (in general), the better your chances of finding it not only open, but less crowded!
What to expect
There’s a small cluster of vendors indoors and another cluster outdoors. You’ll find fresh fruits and veggies, meats, cheeses, seafood, baked goods, spreads, honey, and plenty of pre-made foods (including paella, rotisserie chicken, falafel, Indian cuisine, and a coffee stand).
French! Though you will certainly find multi-lingual people here.