Artisan Food Market – Divonne-Les-Bains, France

A Fabulous Local Artisan Food Market held every Sunday….

On the border between France and Switzerland lies the beautiful town of Divonne-Les-Bains, in the Rhone Alps Region of France.  Every Sunday you’ll find the Artisan Food Market where local growers and producers sell their amazing assortment of deliciousness, all provenanced from the area.

Cake!

Cake!

Fromage!

Fromage!

Olives

Olives

Ham and Salami

Ham and Salami

Giant Brioche!

Giant Brioche!

The assortment of hand-made confection that you won’t find anywhere else leaves you drooling…..

My favourite Nougat!

My favourite Nougat!

Roulade of Nougat

Roulade of Nougat

If there’s one thing I love about French markets, they always let you try the goods before you buy!

The Remnants of tastings!

The Remnants of tastings!

Beautiful Berries!

Beautiful Berries!

Of course you will always find a typical Boulangerie…..

La Boulangerie!

La Boulangerie!

There are lots of lovely shops and restaurants, cafes and bars lining the narrow roads of this lovely little town.  It does come alive on a Sunday morning and you may have to wait a while before you can get into the more popular restaurants.

The Market with the Church in the background

The Market with the Church in the background

Pavement Cafes

Pavement Cafes

The Main Street leading to the Market

The Main Street leading to the Market

A fountain by the bus stop!

A fountain by the bus stop!

 I found myself biking, (on a pushbike), from the Lake Geneva area in Switzerland, across the border into France just to find the market one Sunday morning.  There is a border crossing but nobody there to look at your passport, so don’t bother taking it with you!  I think everyone makes their way from Geneva into France purely to do their weekly grocery shop, it’s far cheaper in France!

The border crossing between Switzerland and France

The border crossing between Switzerland and France

Tips for visiting Divonne-Les-Bains Sunday Market

  • It does get very busy very early on, so the later you leave it, the less people are about, and you may pick up some bargains where the stallholders are selling off stuff at the end.

  • The Border Crossing from Switzerland is unmanned so passports are not needed.

  • The town is very small and you can easily walk around it in half an hour.

  • There is a bus station with buses serving all the connecting towns in the vicinity.

  • You will also find a Brocante (a flea market) held in Divonne-Les-Bains on a Saturday during the summer months.

 

 

Author: Debbie

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