The best places to go shopping in Avignon: for your clients’ travel files!

Of course, there is the Palace of the Popes and Avignon Bridge, the incredible collection of contemporary art at the Lambert Collection, the treasures of the Angladon Foundation, the Italian Renaissance art at the Petit Palais… and much more besides. But what next? Well there’s shopping! And when you want to tell your customers about the best places that can only be found in Avignon, far from the depressing line up of large international brands, don’t beat about the bush, give them this address book specially designed for curious and informed travellers.
 
Please note: in France, the shops are often closed on Mondays (in addition to Sundays), and very often between noon and two. So a bit of advice: don’t go shopping on Sundays or Mondays!
 
The covered market at Les Halles
It goes without saying! The indoor market is the beating heart of the city, where everyone in Avignon goes in search of the best local produce. It’s where you can buy bottles of olive oil from Provence, local cheeses and cheeses from all over France, truffles (in season), and of course, fish from the Mediterranean, humanely raised meat, olives, tapenades, organic bread etc.
Open every morning from 6am to 1.30pm, except Mondays. Cooking demonstration by a different local chef every Saturday at 11am, followed by a tasting of the dish with a matching wine (free). www.avignon-leshalles.com
 
CQFD – all “Made in France”
Création EthiQues Franco Décalées  (Quirky Ethical French Designs)! This small shop is a concept store that sells a range of sometimes unique […]

Of course, there is the Palace of the Popes and Avignon Bridge, the incredible collection of contemporary art at the Lambert Collection, the treasures of the Angladon Foundation, the Italian Renaissance art at the Petit Palais… and much more besides. But what next? Well there’s shopping! And when you want to tell your customers about the best places that can only be found in Avignon, far from the depressing line up of large international brands, don’t beat about the bush, give them this address book specially designed for curious and informed travellers.

 

Please note: in France, the shops are often closed on Mondays (in addition to Sundays), and very often between noon and two. So a bit of advice: don’t go shopping on Sundays or Mondays!

 

The covered market at Les Halles

les-hallesIt goes without saying! The indoor market is the beating heart of the city, where everyone in Avignon goes in search of the best local produce. It’s where you can buy bottles of olive oil from Provence, local cheeses and cheeses from all over France, truffles (in season), and of course, fish from the Mediterranean, humanely raised meat, olives, tapenades, organic bread etc.

Open every morning from 6am to 1.30pm, except Mondays. Cooking demonstration by a different local chef every Saturday at 11am, followed by a tasting of the dish with a matching wine (free). www.avignon-leshalles.com

 

CQFD – all “Made in France”

Création EthiQues Franco Décalées  (Quirky Ethical French Designs)! This small shop is a concept store that sells a range of sometimes unique objects, exclusively “made in France” and manufactured by small businesses from natural, recycled or recyclable materials: stationery, clothing, decorative objects, furniture, high-tech gear, jewellery, funny little slippers and lots more besides. For anyone who loves beautiful and original objects.

16, Place de la Principale – http://cqfd-avignon.fropen from Monday afternoon to Saturday

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Les Délices du Luberon – for tapenades, olive oils etc.

This is where you will find small pots of tapenades, dried tomatoes, poichichade – all beautifully packaged, easy to squeeze in your suitcase and of course manufactured locally, in the small factory at Châteauneuf-de-Gadagne, near Avignon. They also have a wide variety of olive oils from Provence, herbal teas, soap, all from selected local partners.

20, place du Change – www.delices-du-luberon.fropen from Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 7pm.

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Le Château du Bois – everything to do with (local!) lavender

Anyone who has visited the Lavender Museum in Coustellet will be familiar with Château du Bois products, which are sold in the museum shop and also in this shop in Avignon. There is a whole range of products made from the lavender that is grown by this family of lavender growers from Ventoux: soaps, cosmetics, sachets – all beautiful and of course “made in Provence”. A little something extra: there is a large photo of a lavender field for taking selfies as if you were there!

61, rue de la Grande Fusterie – www.lavandeandco.fr – April to October, 7 days a week from 9am to 7pm. From November to March, 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

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les-plumes-du-paonLes Plumes du Paon – local artist and artisan collective + vintage furniture

Just before you get to the delightfully picturesque Rue des Teinturiers, with its cobblestones, canal and water wheels, you can’t help being tempted to enter this brightly coloured shop-gallery, which displays artistic creation in all its forms: contemporary art, jewellery, clothing, accessories, hats, useful and useless objects, all made by local artists and artisans. You’re guaranteed to come out with something unique!

91, rue Bonnetterie – www.lesplumesdupaon.com – Open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 11am to 7pm.

 

 

Aline Géhant – THE chocolate maker in Avignon

img_5721The best chocolate made with love by the charming and modest Aline. You’ll come out with a delicious box of ganache chocolates that you choose by yourself one by one – make sure you taste the ones made with lavender, thyme or lemon! A true artist!

15 rue des Trois Faucons – www.aline-gehant-chocolatier.comOpen from Tuesday to Saturday (10am-1pm – 3pm-7pm), closed during the summer.

 

And also:

  • La Chapellerie Mouret, the only hat shop in France to be listed as a historical monument. Since 1860, nothing has changed, neither the façade nor the interior. Vincent Mouret sells around 8,000 hats, from Basque berets and Marseille berets to wide brimmed hats and Provençal felt hats. chapelier.com – 20 rue des Marchands
  • Espace Créateurs, Nine artists all at 7, place des Corps-Saints, to display their textiles and jewellery. It’s all about decoration!
  • A Nos Amours – the inspired florist at 15, rue des Trois Faucons – anosamoursfleuriste.com
  • Cafés au Brésil, the oldest coffee roaster in Avignon, which has been on rue des Fourbisseurs since 1976, also sells teas. They were named best coffee roaster in France in 2013. 24 rue des Fourbisseurs – cafesaubresil.com
  • Cami-li Books & Tea – the bookshop owned by the lovely Camille, for anyone looking for books in English, a cup of tea and some cake, or even a chat with English speakers – camili-booksandtea.com – 155 rue de la Carreterie

 

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For a bottle to take home or just for a drink:

 

L’Ampelos (previously Avitus): perfectly situated in the central pedestrian district, a wine bar and wine shop, with a wide selection of wines from the Rhone Valley by Thibault and Laure, its owners. Tapas, themed evenings, a terrace in the summer… you could be spending hours there!

11 rue du Vieux Sextier – www.lampelos.fr  Open on Tuesday/Wednesday from 10am to 8pm, and from Thursday to Saturday from 10am to 11pm.

Le Vin devant Soi – a small shop full of treasures, where you can enjoy 32 wines which are perfectly kept using an enomatic system and get expert advice from Laurent or Stéphane. Regular themed evenings, to discover the wines  of a local wine-grower or a specific AOC. 4 rue du Collège du Roure – www.levindevantsoi.com – from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7.30pm

Liquid – a specialist shop selling wines and spirits, but also teas and everything to do with serving liquids, with the attentive service of Hugues! 37 rue de la Bonnetterie

 

 

And to finish with a cake or an ice-cream:

 

La Pâtisserie Vernet, a bakery-tea room which opened in July 2016 and is already THE new place to visit in Avignon. Stop there for one of Yazid Ychemrahen’s cakes, he’s only just 23 but already world champion (for frozen desserts) and former student of the great French chef Joël Robuchon. 77 rue Joseph Vernet – www.patisserievernet.com

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La Princière, artisan ice-cream shop

An ice-cream maker trained in Carpigiani, in Italy, at an ice-cream University! 18 flavours which are constantly changing. Go on try one at random: Goji Berry-Saffron or Chickpea-Honey-Eucalyptus!

23 Place des Corps Saints.

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2 thoughts on “The best places to go shopping in Avignon: for your clients’ travel files!

  1. On a recent tour through Avignon we passed a shop doing glass etching. I would like to know if it is possible to shop their wares online. Any ideas?

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