The markets on the island have a great cultural significance which makes it a natural tourist attraction. I can honestly say I wasn’t initially intrigued by it and wasn’t getting the whole hype each time someone would mention to me that I should check out the market. However, the one time I just decided to pass by , I ended up walking round the whole market and making a mental note of the things I was coming back to buy.
I live in Ste. Clotilde and fortunate for me I am only 2 bus stops away from Chaudron Market which runs on Wednesday and Sunday from 6.00am to 1pm.
Petit Marché is another close one that runs every single day.
The other one that I decided to check out is Marchés des Camélias where I found really nice and delicious dried fruits. The vendor was also kind enough to let us taste his garlic which he had soaked for three weeks in white vinegar, water and salt. I don’t think I have ever tasted anything close to that. It was very tasty, and had no taste of garlic; you can actually eat it as a snack. While at it, don’t deny yourself the tempting samosas and other small biting.
You can find lots if not all fresh products from the market. Shopping at the market is very inviting because the products are cheaper and even more in terms of quantity as compared to the supermarkets. One of the lady’s was selling to us fresh fish at 15€ whereas the same would go for 22 € at the supermarket.
Some markets also depending with the days have local crafts like baskets, African attires even drums among other interesting souvenirs.
The vendors are very welcoming. Just at the entrance I bought sunglasses that I had not even planned on buying because of how friendly the guy was. We were 3 of us and he sold 3 quality sunglasses to us for 20€, on a normal day one would go for 26€
Even with the curfew and all the market still runs even when it rains. There’s just a different vibe when you are there. Someone will be playing loud local music while another at the far end is playing their drums. I also like how clean it is; during off market days one cannot even imagine how busy the place can be. It’s quiet and serves as a parking lot.
These are some of the markets you could find on the different parts of the island. A vendor in Chaudron told us St Pierre has one of the most beautiful markets that run on Saturday. There’s only one way to find out…
Chaudron Market – Wed n Sunday 6am-1pm
Marché des Camélia – Friday mornings
Ste Marie – Saturdays
Marché Forain de St Pierre – Saturday mornings
Marché forain de l’Etang-Salé les Bains – Sunday mornings
Marché in St Benoit – Saturday mornings
Saint-André – Friday mornings
Le Port – Wednesday and Friday mornings
La Possession – Saturday morning
St Paul – all day Friday and Saturday mornings
St Gilles – Wednesday mornings
Les Avirons – Saturday mornings
St Leu – Saturday mornings
L-hermitage – Sunday mornings
Route de théatres St Gilles – Sunday mornings
Marché bio de l’éperon – Saturday mornings
In case you missed it; here’s the link to my market day spree vlog; https://www.addikahbelinda.com/2021/03/14/market-day-in-reunion-island/