One of the best ways to experience a place like a local is to visit a market. During our recent long weekend in France, a country I particularly love for hunting down bargainous souvenirs at the brocante (flea market), we managed to visit a couple, one of which being the Saturday food market. Obviously, French food markets are always worth a look.
We walked from the medieval Cité de Carcassonne to the market on Place Carnot. We quickly snapped up five croissants (for just €1.40!) plus a huge apple pastry for about €4, and that was our breakfast sorted for the rest of the trip! Let it also be known that the stallholders are generous with samples ;)
It would’ve been easy to buy all the meats and cheeses but we’d travelled with just hand luggage and weren’t sure what we were allowed to carry home. Here’s the UK’s official guidance on restrictions for our future reference! Apparently, you can carry food within the EU in your cabin baggage but the usual 100ml-or-less rule applies for liquid-based items like sauces, honey etc.
With satisfied bellies and the sun starting to make a proper appearance, it was time to head back to the medieval city. More on that soon!
- Mini guide: 3 days in Carcassonne, France
- Walking Carcassonne’s ramparts and exploring the Château Comtal
- Two car-free day trips from Carcassonne: Narbonne and Bram
- Our last day in Carcassonne (coming soon)
- Carcassonne video diary!