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Brive Market - Worth a detour?

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Brive Market - Worth a detour?

We will be spending a few days in Dordogne in early October. We're thinking of spending a friday night/saturday in Brive specifically to go to the market on Sat. morning, plus it's more or less on our way to another stop, Oradour-Sur-Glane. Is there anything else worth seeing in Brive? Is the market worth a specific stop, especially since it will be slightly after peak season? We will be in the Dordogne/Vermillion Coast region for 2 weeks and this seems to be the best market day that might fit in with our itinerary, but wanted other opinions, since Brive wasn't on our original must-go list. Thanks

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1. Re: Brive Market - Worth a detour?

If you're going to be in the Dordogne on a Saturday morning, the ONLY market you need to think about is Sarlat....it's enormous and picturesque and bustling.

(you might not want to buy their produce there, though - the last time we were down, they were offering decidedly "mature" produce at tourist prices...there are other markets that are better for buying your food - but this one's a visual can't-miss)

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2. Re: Brive Market - Worth a detour?

I would agree that Sarlat is a nicer town than Brive, but if you want a market used by ordinary people buyinf normal food, then go to Brive.

We enjoyed queueing for fish and fruit and pate- especially just before 12 noon when it was about to close and there were bargains to be had. - but we went to our appartment and cooked them.

Salat was a lot of topend of the market delicacies like wallnuts and honey.

Idon't know, but I would expect Sarlat to be very different out of season.

If you are looking at websites, Marcher Producteurs tend to be summer only- hence go to Brive.

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3. Re: Brive Market - Worth a detour?

French markets continue year-round -- they're smaller in the winter, logically, but they're held rain or shine.

Sarlat *does* have regular products for regular people....but the calibre of the products suffers because of the market's draw for tourists.

Visits to any of the other markets in the area -- St Cyprien, Le Bugue -- also have walnuts and honey (both are specialties of the region, by the way) -- and snake for kilometres through the villages -- but the general quality of the product is better (prices, too)

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the answer is late but will be useful for others.

Brive market is very famous: very rich in local products. Brive is the meeting of four kinds of soils, with 4 kinds of agriculture : North : fruits : apples, peaches, plums, safran East : Limousin cows meat, West : Foies gras, ducks.., south : goat cheese, walnuts, black truffle, strawberries

This market is well known too, because was sung by George Brassens.

3 days : : Tuesday, thursday (little), and the huge one on saturday !

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5. Re: Brive Market - Worth a detour?

Having just returned from Brive, the indoor market is undergoing total restoration and the work might not be finished by October. Otherwise, it is a great market, with plenty to see outdoors and also under cover next to the indoor area. It is completely a market for locals and is huge on a Saturday. Plenty of local produce (fruit, vegetables, honey, cheese, bread, cakes) as well as clothing, shoes, wicker ware and things you would find in an old fashioned ironmonger... An amazing range of products. As a Briviste now living abroad, it still is the greatest market for me. Sarlat, obviously would be beautiful as the city is very picturesque but for a real French market, Brive is the best. The tourist information office in the water tower near the market is where you can find 100% gaillard branded goods (fun with a moustache and lovely books and friendly staff). You should also visit the Denoix Distillery (over 100 years old, they make liqueurs from crushed green walnuts and have other wonderful alcoholic products as well as violet mustard - you can sample for free). The town centre is now very pedestrian friendly and the car park below the market is free on a Saturday. I would also eat at Amedelys if you can, as they serve fresh, local produce and not really on the tourist map. (http://www.amedelys.fr/). If you are looking for live music on the Friday night, try the Maryland (/bar-le-maryland.fr/).

Again, too late but might be useful to others.

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6. Re: Brive Market - Worth a detour?

I live about 35 Km from Brive and go there every single Saturday morning to get what I can for my B&B. I've been to many markets in France, and for the range and quality of genuinely authentic local products it's the tops. rotterdam0892's remark that the Salle Georges Brassins is undergoing renovation is spot on and that means that some of the regular stall holders there are displaced, but that is no particular inconvenience for occasional visitors. However, apart from the the Salle, the Marché Couvert part is still open and packed and the foire (mainly non food) is still running in the huge square. As he said, underground parking is free all day on Saturday and for half an hour on other days.

A must for those who would like to discover just how good a real French market can be, making little or no concessions for tourists. No French speakers need to be prepared to point! The better stalls are still run by farmers and very few indeed of them speak any foreign languages.

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