Browsing through the marché couvert (covered food market) in Avignon is enough to make you renounce dining in the tempting local restaurants.

All the fantastique seafood, free-range poultry, olives, and produce cry out to be gathered in a basket and cooked in their purest form.

Village open-air markets are carefully scheduled to cover in turn all the days of the week, including in the yard of the old barracks at Caserne Chabran on Boulevard Limbert on Saturday and a flea market at Place des Carmes on Sunday.

But food plays second fiddle at one of the most famous markets in Provence. L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue draws crowds of bargain hunters and collectors to its Sunday antiques and brocante (collectibles) fair. See our special Spotlight section on this famous marketplace.