Showed up around 11am. Had fun walking by the booths and bought our lunch which we at nearby at the square. A great selection while not being too big.
Narbonne Market is famous. Built in 1900 its Belle Epoque exterior has been retained and restored so it looks striking from the outside. Inside it's a wonderful destination for anyone interested in eating and drinking. And you can go any day of the year except Christmas Day. It opens from 0800 until 1300 when the stalls close although some of the bars and restaurants keep going. You get the full range of French food outlets. At one end there is a cluster of fish stalls which by British standards are exceptional with a range and quality you rarely see at home. Fish isn't cheap but if you like cooking and eating it this is a place to come. There are also butchers and delis selling everything including the kind of offal and horse meat rarely seen in British butchers. Alongside them are traiteurs whose stalls are crammed with preprepared dishes for reheating at home, pates, salads and the like. There are cheese stalls, wine stalls, fruit and veg stalls and bakers although the quality of the latter is perhaps below that of the best patisseries outside. Then there are the bars. One or two are quite sophisticated, the others are appropriately earthy with what is best described as an interesting clientele. They all serve food, often the products of the adjacent butchers served with frites. We spent a lively half an hour over a glass watching a vocal Davide, the physically massive proprietor of the boucherie chevalline literally throwing his freshly minted burgers and steaks to the local bars for their grills; all good fun and calculated to appeal to the crowds. If you're staying in Narbonne do go there for your food, if not go for a lively and interesting hour or so. Not to be missed in either case.
The markets of the south of france are always full of passion and are very interesting to visit even if you don't buy anything. This market is no exception, lively with lots of fresh produce.
In the heart of Narbonne, opposite side of the canal to the cathedral. Various places to eat or have coffee otherwise a selection of butchers, fishmongers, stalls with herbs, olives, fruit, veg, breads, patisserie - all the stuff you would expect just loads of it. Absolutely worth a visit for re-stocking, picnic or snack food. All under cover. Don't forget to go and look at the back wall outside, you'll only need a couple of mins.
We only had a few hours in Narbonne....which I agree would make a wonderful base for a vacation in the area. I chose to visit the market with some of my time....since I love markets. For an American seeing those lovely fat coated confited duck legs was a treat. Lot of wonderful looking foods in all categories.It does seem that European "markets" and American "Supermarkets " are becoming more alike, aside from the buildings themselves.
We stayed with friends in Argeleirs and they took us right away to this place to see the offerings of the south of Franc!e. We loved the meat! Chickens, pig heads, everything and a lot of it still in tact...like the chickens! My favorite was the large dried figs we bought and have enjoyed on our travels since. This market isn't quite Barcelona level but does give one a taste of the richness available in French life! Ce bon!
I could easily have spent several hours exploring all the stalls in this wonderful covered market, but we had only a short time there before meeting friends for lunch. The wealth of fresh meats, seafood, cheeses, baked goods, specialty foods, and much more, is amazing, and there are also places inside the market to have a glass of wine and a snack.The market's canal-side location, with easy underground parking just steps away, makes it even more appealing. If I lived in Narbonne, I'd be a regular customer!
As of this date, this attraction is not appropriately named (hopefully TA will get it changed) nor is the address given correct. This is Les Halles de Narbonne. It is NOT a street market; it is a covered market in its own stunning, belle epoque building, opened daily 'til 13:00. The correct address is 1 boulevard docteur Ferroul. FYI, the parking at Cours Mirabeau is just in front. It is a wonderful place to visit and if you're a foodie, it's worth coming to Narbonne for no other reason than this. What do you fancy? Fresh bread and pastries? Olives in all their forms? Middle eastern cuisine for a quai side picnic? Some cheese maybe? Fresh fish or veggies? Whatever you're looking for, you'll find it here. Come on Thursday and your shopping pleasure will extend to the large street market just outside on both sides of the canal.
Unlike the general tat that can be bought cheaper at the local Carrefour on the stalls outside the indoor market is worth a look see. Compact and good value it is a view into a traditional France...