Photo of Dordogne markets

One of the highlights of a visit to the Dordogne, as with many other parts of France, is the chance to visit the local French markets.

Although most markets do now sell products aimed at the tourist market, especially during the summer months, they are still a great way to find and buy the local produce, the freshest produce, and the products of the local artisan-farmers.

There are several types of market:

Traditional markets

- have usually been held in the same place at the same time each week for hundreds of years

Nocturnal markets (night markets)

- are held in the evenings in summer months only, and focus on eating outside in convivial surroundings - you choose your food from the market stalls that surround a central square, which is set up with tables, perhaps music and dance, etc. the produce sold comes from local farmers and producers, and is typical of the region.

Speciality Markets

- the most common in the Dordogne are perhaps the winter truffle markets, such as the one held at Thiviers.

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Market days

The schedule below shows the days for many of the traditional markets in the Dordogne region. Some of these are very extensive, while some are simple small affairs, especially during the winter months:

Town Traditional Market Day Night Markets (summer)
Agonac Saturday  
Audrix   Saturday
Auriac du Perigord   Thursday
Beaumont Tuesday, Saturday  
Belves Saturday  
Bergerac Saturday, Wednesday  
Biron Wednesday  
Bouzic   Tuesday
Bourdeilles   Wednesday
Brantome Tuesday  
Cenac Tuesday  
Cubjac Friday  
Daglan Sunday  
Domme Thursday  
Eymet Thursday  
Excideuil Thursday  
Issigeac Sunday  
Jumilhac Wednesday  
La Coquille Thursday  
Lalinde Thursday  
La Roche Chalais Saturday  
Le Bugue Tuesday  
Le Buisson - Cadouin Friday  
Les Eyzies Londay  
Loubejac   Thursday
Mareuil Tuesday  
Monpazier Thursday  
Montpon Wednesday  
Montignac Saturday, Wednesday  
Mussidan Saturday  
Neuvic Saturday, Tuesday  
Nontron Saturday  
Perigeux Saturday, Wednesday  
Peyrignac   Friday
Piegut Wednesday  
Razac Saturday, Wednesday  
Riberac Tuesday, Friday  
Rouffignac Sunday Wednesday
Salignac-Eyvigues Tuesday Friday
Sarlat Saturday, Wednesday  
Sigoules Friday  
Sorges Sunday  
St Amand de Coly   Tuesday
St Aulaye Saturday  
St Astier Thursday  
St Cyprien Sunday  
St Genies Sunday  
Terrasson Thursday  
Thenon Tuesday  
Thiviers Saturday  
Tocane Monday  
Tremolat Tuesday  
Valojoulx   Friday
Varaignes   Tuesday
Vergt Friday  
Villefranche du Perigord Saturday Tuesday


One little word of warning - markets in the Dordogne, as elsewhere in France, can be expensive - before you casually order a big hunk of 'cheese of the farm' or lump of 'wild-boar sausage' you might like to check the price!