A visit to the market in Bayeux

Over on this side of the Channel, think of Bayeux and I bet your boots that images of its world famous UNESCO listed tapestry come to mind.

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© Ville de Bayeux

For good reason – it’s an incredible 70 metre long eleventh-century piece of embroidery. Depicting the events surrounding the Norman invasion of England in 1066, it could be said to be the first ever comic strip. Alongside the tapestry, there are many other good reasons to visit Bayeux.


The charming town, with its many half-timbered houses, miraculously avoided any devastation when the Allies invaded the nearby beaches on D-Day.


The eleventh-century Norman-Romanesque cathedral is utterly remarkable and is most definitely worth a visit too.


Ask a local and they may well give you another reason to visit this pretty Norman town – the Saturday market. France is famous for its colourful, bustling markets that take over main squares of cities, towns and villages and Bayeux’s version does not disappoint.


Row upon row of sellers display their produce under colourful awnings offering the choicest and freshest cheeses, meat, fruits and vegetables.





This being Normandy and all, you’ll find a few stalls selling the obligatory local cidre and as many apple and pear products as you can imagine.


Amid the colours, the bustling atmosphere and the sing-song of the stall holders, a fantastic aroma of sizzling saucepans cooking up fresh paella and stews permeates through the air.



So if you’re in the area, head to the Place Saint-Patrice, there’s no better way to buy your groceries!

For more information on food and drink in Normandy, please visit the Normandy Tourist Board website.


Text and all photos unless otherwise stated © Maggie McNulty / Normandy Tourist Board

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Margaret Hunt says:

    Was there last fall. A beautiful town. Wish I could have stayed longer.


    1. Normandy Foodie says:

      Hi Margaret, thanks for your comment! We agree, Bayeux is beautiful. You must visit again should you ever find yourself in Normandy in the future. In the meantime, we hope you’ll continue to follow us on all our culinary adventures via the Normandy Foodie blog!

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  2. kathleen herron says:

    what days of the week are the market? Thought I read wed/sat? and times? We will be spending several days in Bayeux and don’t want to miss this wonderful market!


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