There are several markets in Rennes, big and small, held on most days of the week. If you want to get the complete list of Market days see the tourist office link here. Today's shopping spree took place at the Marché des Lices in the old town centre, open from 7.30am to 13.30pm every Saturday. It's one of the most beautiful market places in France and also the third largest with around 300 farmers who come to sell you their produce. You can find anything food related here from seasonal fruit and vegetables produced from around the corner literally (my Green Zebra tomatoes in a previous post came from Pacé, just 8km from Rennes), artisan breads and jams, rotisseries and snack food (think galette saucisse here rather than chips and burgers), cheese and meat, seafood and fish, herbs and spices and even coffee. There is also a flower section and the other usual suspects: buskers, petitioners and cute kittens looking for homes.
My first stop on a sunny day like today is la terrasse! Sipping coffee at a café bursting with shoppers and flaneurs alike, listening to the chatter and commotion between friends and familes sat at the other tables. There's a child zipping in and out around tables on his scooter, a dog barking at another whilst his owner quietly reads the Ouest France.
When it's time to shop, I've got my go to stalls for certain produce. I get my herbs from a woman who sells just herbs and can answer any question pertaining to the topic. What I like best is when she breaks off a leaf of something for you to try, like the basil, 'taste it' she says 'it's very peppery' and it is indeed. What I find most amusing, however, is when she thrusts the herbs up your nose for you to get a whiff of whatever it is you have bought as if to say it is le genuine stuff.