Les halles Narbonne
Les halles Narbonne © Shutterstock

Browsing through the stalls of a busy market in a pretty French town are one of the delights of a holiday in the Hexagon, admiring the colourful displays of fruits and vegetables, tasting morsels of cheese and tidbits of speciality saucisson.

And they’re not just for hungry tourists, either – the French take their markets very seriously. Little surprise then that around 1.5m people have already voted in this year’s Plus Beau Marché competition, run by TV channel TF1.

This year is the fifth year of the popular contest and 24 markets are in the running, with viewers having until June 22 to cast their votes.

Previous winners include Sanary-sur-Mer (Var); Montbrison (Loire); Dieppe (Seine-Maritime); and Étaples-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais).

Here are the 24 markets in the running for the title of Plus Beau Marché de France 2022 – so if you happen to be en vacances near any of these, grab your panier and treat yourself to a spot of shopping!

La Réunion: Le marché forain de Saint-Pierre

Lorraine: Le marché couvert d’Épinal

Midi-Pyrénées: Le marché de Revel

Auvergne: Le Grand Marché de Vichy

Poitou-Charentes: Le marché des Halles de Niort

Rhône Alpes: Le marché de Nyons

Aquitaine: Le marché de Thiviers

Alsace: La halle aux Houblons de Haguenau

Haute-Normandie: Le marché de Sotteville-lès-Rouen

Champagne-Ardenne: La halle Saint-Thibault d’Épernay

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur: Le marché provençal de Digne-les-Bains

Bretagne: Le marché de Vannes (diffusion ce 23 mai)

Languedoc-Rousillon: Les Halles de Narbonne

Ile-de-France: Le marché du centre-ville de Rueil-Malmaison

Franche-Comté: Le marché Fréry de Belfort

Antilles – Guyane: Le marché de Hmong à Cacao

Picardie: Le marché de Saint-Valery-sur-Somme (diffusé ce 3 juin)

Limousin: Les halles centrales de Limoges

Nord-Pas-de-Calais: Le marché d’Arras

Bourgogne: Le marché de Pouilly-sur-Loire (diffusé ce 10 juin)

Basse-Normandie: Le marché de Saint-Pierre-en-Auge

Centre: Le marché d’Aubigny-sur-Nère

Corse: Le marché couvert de l’île Rousse

Pays-de-Loire: Le marché de Pornichet

Which market do you think will win the title of Le Plus Beau Marché de France 2022?

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