Les Halles | Market | Avignon | Vaucluse | France

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Les Halles Avignon
Open: Tue - Sun

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Address: Place Pie
Avignon, Provence, 84000
Country: France

Avignon's covered market, Les Halles, operates every morning except Monday. It is right on the edge of the historic pedestrian area, so is easy to find. In fact, there is even a car park above the market so you can weave your way through the narrow streets inside the walls and park right there.
The seafood stall called La Marée Provençale here is especially good. Signs reveal the fish you should buy for bouillabaisse or soupe de poisson, but there's much more, including tellines, the tiny clams from this part of France. When we wanted to cook a seafood soup we were shown each of the small fish individually and asked if we wanted one. An extraordinary service!
We also love the La Maison du Fromage stand which has a delicious range of cheese. We often source high-qulity goat cheese here. Just nearby is Maison Feste which presents a quality range of products that we head for such as a variety of top rate bottarga that we use to grate over just about any dish to add a layer of salty umami. We also buy charcuterie here.
And then there is the La Cabane d'Oleron oyster bar in the corner of the building where you can order a platter of the freshest oysters shucked to order to be washed down by a glass of suitable white wine.
A recent addition is La Cave des Halles which has an interesting selection of natural wines including those of Jura superstar Ganevat. The staff here are passionate about the wines they sell and are anxious to ensure you are familiar with their range of offerings.
Also memorable are Panissain's naturally leavened bread and the organic stall called Le Panier des Amis which stocks a good range of organic produce.

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