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Sometimes you find such a special place that you rather want to keep for yourself. However, this one is so great that it needs to be shared! It’s Marché du Lez, a creative hot-spot in Montpellier. More like a village in the city, Marché du Lez gathers all the good things in life. Brocantes, restaurants, wine cave, antique shop to name a few, you will all find it here. I instantly became a fan of this bubbling breeding ground of creativity.
Amazing wall art
Marché du Lez settled in a former mas, a printing workshop and some industrial and agricultural warehouses just outside of Montpellier on the banks of the River Lez. It stretches over 3,500 m2 of land, enough space for their wild ideas. When entering the inner courtyard for the first time, I immediately was drawn to the amazing and highly Instagrammable wall art. Street artists like BMX, Al Sticking, Koralie and Supakitch were responsible for the cool decoration at the heart of the venue.
It is difficult to label Marché du Lez, as it combines so many fields. Designers, brocanteurs, architects, chefs, local producers: they all contribute to creating this artistic, gastronomic and cultural playground. Eco- and DIY-friendly of course. The initiators of GAIA Promotion envisioned one space where creative energies of the region would make a real home, a desirable place. And they succeeded very well; you immediately feel comfortable and relaxed at Marché du Lez.
Food for creativity
Obviously, all this creativity needs to be nourished. Several restaurants are to be discovered. From Lady Sushi to La Baraquette for a meal with friends and bistrot gastronomique of the Pourcel brothers. I enjoyed a simple but great Mediterranean lunch at the terrace of La Cachette. But I definitely will come back to try the others!
New way of life
There are a lot of things happening at Marché du Lez. Markets, events, exhibitions, apéro’s and much more are being organised. All to invite young and old, family and friends to a new, contemporary and responsible way of life full of innovation and creativity. And the best part is that they are still developing, it is an ongoing process with many many more initiatives.