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This is one of the most typical markets in the Savoy region. Three times a week, the arcaded streets of the old town, paved and coloured, welcome the stalls of merchants and producers of local products. In this article, I invite you to follow me for a stroll and discovery of the market in Annecy.

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The market in Annecy in the Venice of the Alps

It is certainly the most typical of all the markets in Annecy. And this picturesque market has become an attraction in itself!

The market stalls in Annecy © French Moments
The market stalls in Annecy © French Moments

Every Sunday, Tuesday and Friday morning, from 7 am to 1 pm, the merchants’ stalls take over the old arcaded streets of the historic centre.

On Tuesdays, the market is exclusively for foodstuffs and features local products.

Saucissons from Savoy © French Moments
Saucissons from Savoy © French Moments

On Fridays and Sundays, it expands to include textile and manufactured goods stalls.

It’s incredible when you think that this market is an old tradition that has been perpetuated until today. In fact, already in the Middle Ages, foodstuffs produced in the countryside and mountains of the region were traded in the same arcaded streets. This is one of the reasons why this market is one of the most typical in the Savoy region.

Cheeses from Savoy © French Moments
Cheeses from Savoy © French Moments

Strollers and regulars of the Annecy market can enjoy a wide choice of local Savoyard products.

Market stalls in Annecy © French Moments
Market stalls in Annecy © French Moments
Greengrocer - Annecy market © French Moments
Greengrocer – Annecy market © French Moments
Greengrocer © French Moments
Greengrocer © French Moments
Saucissons from Savoy, Annecy market © French Moments
Saucissons from Savoy, Annecy market © French Moments
Saucissons from Savoy © French Moments
Saucissons from Savoy © French Moments
Charlotte strawberries © French Moments
Charlotte strawberries © French Moments
Olive stall © French Moments
Olive stall © French Moments

At the corner of an arcade, a good smell of sauerkraut fills the atmosphere. Yes, it was indeed Alsatian sauerkraut!

Alsatian sauerkraut - Market in Annecy © French Moments
Alsatian sauerkraut – Market in Annecy © French Moments

To know: there are several markets in Annecy and in the region (the list here).


Beyond the market in Annecy

Once you have finished strolling around the market in Annecy, you can continue your visit through the streets of the old town and along the lake.

Even under an overcast sky, the magic of the place works!

On the banks of the Thiou (the river that runs through the historic centre of Annecy) :

The edge of the Thiou still in bloom © French Moments
The edge of the Thiou still in bloom © French Moments

As the sky was overcast, I went back to the facades of the old Annecy. This way, we discover the Venice of the Alps from another angle:

The Venice of the Alps - Annecy © French Moments
The Venice of the Alps – Annecy © French Moments

A real “Venice” with a resolutely mountainous look!

The Venice of the Alps - Annecy © French Moments
The Venice of the Alps – Annecy © French Moments

Under a covered passageway, a nice shop offering local Savoyard products:

Shop under the arcades in Annecy © French Moments
Shop under the arcades in Annecy © French Moments

A ray of sunshine suddenly broke through as we reached the Imperial Park (and then I was naughty – I used photoshop to erase the big crane used to restore the Town Hall, mea-culpa!)

On the shore of Lake Annecy © French Moments
On the shore of Lake Annecy © French Moments

Lake Annecy under stormy weather :

On the shore of Lake Annecy © French Moments
On the shore of Lake Annecy © French Moments

Close-up on a flower in the Imperial Park :

Flower at the Imperial Park © French Moments
Flower at the Imperial Park © French Moments

Staying around Lake Annecy

Hotels are often fully booked during holidays and weekends. It is better to book your room as soon as possible! You may also prefer to stay in a gîte, a guest house or a campsite.

To plan your accommodation around Lake Annecy, click on this link to booking.com or browse the map below:

 



Booking.com


Around Lake Annecy: Practical information

Some practical advice to discover the sites around Lake Annecy:

  • Discover the old town of Annecy on the blog
  • Explore the Annecy Christmas market.
  • The list of markets in the Annecy area on the Tourist Office website (opening hours and locations).
  • Organise your accommodation in the Lake Annecy region here.
  • Visiting the region around Lake Annecy? Think of the following hashtags: #ilakeannecy – #annecymountains – #savoiemontblanc – #enfranceaussi – #frenchmoments

About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of the Discovery Course on the Secrets of the Eiffel Tower and the Christmas book "Voyage au Pays de Noël".

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