From Sud de France:
Is it the charm of the market buildings’ architecture, all iron, glass, and brick, in the 1900s style of Baltard’s Paris Halles? Is it the peaceful atmosphere of the narrow streets of the old town? Or the good cheer of the inhabitants, who are known, poetically, as ‘pescalunes’ (‘moonfishers’ in Occitan)? The famed Lunel market is unique in its region, not because of its size, but because of its good-humored spirit, its character of a village untouched by time, and the quality of its products as well. This magnificent red brick and blue metalwork building, bearing the city’s arms over its entrance, is one of the last of its kind. Its enclosed area creates a proximity between merchant and customer, inviting you to chat with the proud producers about their wine, honey, and olive oil. On the colorful, fragrant stands are piled pyramids of fruits and vegetables, a whole world of cheese, meat, and charcuterie, fowl and eggs, anchovies and other treasures of the sea. You crowd around the buvette counter to savor a petit noir coffee in the morning, and, in the evening, at the hour of the aperitif, a muscat – de Lunel, of course!
• Tuesday through Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Les Halles, Cours Gabriel-Péri, Lunel.