Every Thursday and Sunday morning lively market in Saint-Chinian

By July 28, 2017MARKET, TO SEE

Saint-Chinian is most of the days a charming, quiet little village. Except for Thursday and Sunday mornings when the lively local market is held. And that’s truly a feast for all of your senses. The market attracts people from far and near, both in summer and in winter. I completely understand: this is the place to buy fresh products and original merchandise. There is something for everyone. And for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle, there are plenty of terraces to sit down and relax.

Local products

The good thing about the market is that it is set out in the shade of the trees. So you can stroll around the market without getting sunburned straight away. One-half of the market mainly sells food products. The choice is huge, and therefore can be quite difficult. Are you getting some of the great cheeses, fresh oysters, tasteful olives, all kinds of tapenades, beautiful fruits and vegetables, locally made sausages, sweet nougat, or …? It’s all there. Besides the deliciously roasted chickens and wonderful paella that is. Tip: don’t go to this market on an empty stomach!

Hats and soaps

In addition to the food market, you also have a big part where you can buy all kinds of stuff, obviously all very useful. From the typical hats you definitely need in the sunny South, to flighty dresses, fragrant soaps, practical pestemals (called fouta’s), colourful bags and much more. Enough to keep you busy for a while.

Taking a break

After all that strolling and shopping, it is a pleasure to relax on the terrace of Café du Balcon “Chez Polak”. Having a refreshing drink and maybe even a bite to eat. The menu is not big, but you can have some fries, calamari, shrimps, steak or a tasty cheese or charcuterie board to satisfy the biggest appetite.


The local market of Saint-Chinian is held every Thursday and Sunday morning from 08h00 to 13h00 on the rue de la Promenade and in front of the Mairie.


If you are early, you can try to park your car at les allées Gaubert. I usually park my car along the road on avenue de Villespassans.

Office de Tourisme
1 Grand rue
34360 Saint-Chinian
+33 (0)4 67 37 85 29


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