Local Markets & Shops in Calais & Pas-de-Calais
The best places to pick up the extra bits and pieces to accompany your wine!
Duty free shopping is one of the most compelling reasons to make a quick visit to the continent. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite shops and markets to make your trip as smooth as possible.
Les Delices de la Mer
Boulevard la Fayette
An old fashioned fishmonger which still gets its produce direct from local fishermen. Worth a visit even if you’re not buying, but if you are remember your cool bag!
Au Royal Chocolate
67 Rue Royale
Bastion of the famous Rue Royale shopping strip, the delectable treats from this chocolate shop have been enjoyed for centuries by customers as illustrious at King Henry IV.
Place Creve Coeur, Calais (Open Air)
When? Thursdays and Saturdays, 7am-1.30pm
What? With over 100 stalls, you can stock up your larder (this market is particularly good for French cheese and charcuterie) while topping up your wardrobe! On Saturdays you'll also find stalls selling locally produced lace, a regional speciality.
Place d'Armes, Calais (Open Air)
When? Wednesday and Saturday mornings
What? This charming market is bigger on a Saturday, but is ideal on either day as a place to grab a coffee and people watch while you kill time until your ferry. With delicious regional and local produce, they also have some amazing rotisserie.
Le Touquet (Open Air & Covered Market)
When? Saturday, 8am-1.30pm at Rue Jean Monnet 62520
What? A hands down staff favourite, this market bursts with goodies: French cheese, fruits, charcuterie, meat, drinks, home made juice, cakes, jam, quality clothes, shoes, crafts (jewels, belts, furniture). Don't forget to bring cash - you'll want to buy everything.
Champ de Foire, Ardres (Open Air)
When? Thursdays, 8am-1.30pm
What? One of the friendliest markets around, with vendors who are absolutely passionate about their produce. Buy aged Spanish beef from the butcher (see him also at the markets in St Omer and Bleriot Plage), followed by lunch at Francois 1er
Grand Place, Audruicq (Open Air)
When? Wednesdays, 8am-1pm
What? Very well known in the region of Cote d'Opale for its poultry market and farm produce, this market is very traditional in style. There's also a good selection of cafés and restaurants attached for those all important coffee-and-croissant stops.
Place Dalton, Boulogne sur mer (Open Air)
When? Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8am-12.30pm
What? Down near the harbour, this lively market is a food lover's Mecca: not only does the market burst with the best of the region's food stalls, but very close by are a huge variety of excellent local shops, including top notch patisseries and delicatessens, for you to while away the time after the market closes. A day out in one.
Place Vignon, Boulogne sur mer (Open Air)
When? Sundays, 8am-12.30pm
What? A smaller market, principally for food and household goods - it's useful to know about as most local shops are shut on a Sunday!
Quai Gambetta, Boulogne sur mer (Open Air)
When? Every morning, May-October. The earlier the better!
What? This market only sells one thing: freshly caught fish. Don't forget a cool bag and ice box to transport some of this absolutely stunning produce home with you.