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Saint-Cyprien Market – What to Buy

A visit to the Saint-Cyprien market with our children is one of the best family activities we have found in Dordogne.  We love rambling through the small medieval town of Saint-Cyprien in the beautiful Dordogne river valley. The Sunday morning market is vibrant and busy along the narrow main street of the old town.  And here we FINALLY see many other children! (Sometimes in France we felt like total freaks for having procreated more than twice.)

Saint-Cyprien Market

Saint-Cyprien Market

What to bring: Cash is king. Most stalls will not accept credit card.  There is an ATM at the bank in the middle of the market, but it has a long line.  So try to arrive with pockets of cash. A single stroller is fine and helpful on the busy street. Bring your own bags. Some vendors have plastic bags, but it’s much better to bring a market bag or picnic basket along.

Plan your Day: You should keep in mind all stores and many restaurants/bars/cafes in Dordogne are closed after 12:30 pm on Sunday’s (We ran out of diapers for a toddler with a stomach bug on a Sunday afternoon – thank God for our angel innkeeper Sara for saving us with an emergency stash!) So eat a nice big lunch in town. Lunch is a better deal than dinner anyways and allow for some great people watching. Then buy a gourmet picnic meal at the Saint-Cyprien market, to eat later this evening when restaurants are closed. This is a perfect time to experience French country cuisine.

What to buy at Saint-Cyprien Market:

  • Sausages
  • Foi Gras – duck (canard) and goose (oie)
  • Rotisserie chicken – my mouth waters just thinking of these
  • Tarts and cakes
  • Baguettes
  • Cheese
  • Chestnuts and nut crackers
  • Table clothes
  • Baskets and bags
  • Soaps
  • Beer – wine is everywhere but good quality craft beer is harder to find in France.  We loves the La Croix du Rat beer made by an Irishman.
  • Vietnamese spring rolls – when you need a break from French cuisine…
  • Geese figurines – I don’t usually go for figurines, too fussy for my style, but these were just so darn cute!
  • Strawberries – best strawberries here in mid-Spring.
  • Poppy flowers
  • White asparagus

I’m off with my family to enjoy the best food from the Saint-Cyprien market now!

Bon Appetit!

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11 thoughts on “Saint-Cyprien Market – What to Buy

  1. Melissa

    This market looks fabulous! We love visiting local markets when we are in a new place. It’s a great way to experience local culture and find unique foods and craft. Great post!

  2. Ruth

    I am a total fan of markets! It would be incredible to visit this one. I am won by that paella and the roasted chicken. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    1. Jo Jacks Post author

      Yes the paella – not what I expected at a French market, but it was gorgeous!

  3. Cal at Family Makes

    I love French markets. The ones in the Dordogne are some of the best, and the night markets are something else! You have captured the essence of them so beautifully, I wish I was there right now! #WeekendWanderlust

  4. Packing my Suitcase

    I love markets!! Great tips, I haven’t thought of bringing my own bag, I have to keep that in mind. Also, it’s definitely better to take cash and save time 😀

    Thank you for joining #MondayEscapes 😉