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From Sud de France:

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For 132 years Nîmes’ market halls have maintained tradition and a typically southern vivacity. Jokes fly, recipes are exchanged, there’s no end to the backchat, all in an atmosphere of high good humor. Remodeled in the early 1980s, the buildings are rather dark, but are brightened on the weekend with a lively crowd that comes to shop the 75 stands for petit pâté nîmois (a veal and pork pasty), fruits and vegetables, cheese, fish, olives, olive oil, and much more. So many tastes and aromas make the market a hive of food workers. These colorful, noisy, appealing halls are famed for their products’ high quality. The restaurant Halles Auberge is the locals’ go-to destination for a real, hearty lunch. In short, the essence of unconquerable Nîmes, the heart of the old town.

• Monday through Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Les halles, rue du Général-Perrier, Nîmes. www.leshallesdenimes.com

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