Market Day in Sarlat – Featuring Food of the Region


Place de la Liberte in Sarlat on Market Day 

Snuggled up against the hillside, Sarlat is a well-preserved medieval village with narrow cobbled streets, courtyards, turreted buildings and ivy covered walls.  Sarlat is most busy on Wednesdays and Saturdays, its market days. Place de la Liberte, rue Victor Hugo and rue de la Republique fill with vendors and their colored tents. Nearby villagers and tourists fill the town, scuttling from one vendor to another sampling and buying the local products.  Since this is the Dordogne (aka "land of the duck"), you can be sure to find plenty of duck at the butchers and many foie gras vendors.  Other local specialties like goose, cheese, walnuts, cherries and truffles (when in season) are also in abundance, along with the normal delicacies you can find at a French outdoor food market.


Hotel de Ville in Sarlat on Market Day 
Hotel de Ville and Place de la Liberte hosts market day

Bread Baker at Sarlat Market 
Country Bread Baker at the market

Cheese Stand at Market in Sarlat 

 French Cheese

Cheeses from the Auvergne

Sausage Stand at Sarlat Market 
Cured meats (Saucissons) varieties of duck, walnuts, porcini mushrooms, cheese and wild boar

Walnuts and Walnut Oil of the Dordogne 

Walnut and Hazelnut Croquant Cookies 
Also popular in the region are walnuts – They're used to make walnut oil, walnut cakes, and these crunchy walnut meringue cookies

Olives at the Sarlat Market 
Marinated olives are always a favorite at a French food market

Sarlat Market Fruits and Vegetables 

Local Cherries and Artichokes

Outdoor and Covered Market in Sarlat 
The Covered Market (former St. Marie Church in the background)

 Sarlat Street on Market Day 

Three Goose of Sarlat 
Place aux Oies (Goose Square) was once the location of Sarlat's fowl market – now commemorated by the bronze geese statue 


After the morning market, the town of Sarlat is a good place to wander through the many narrow alleys and picturesque buildings, ivy colored walls, and pastel-colored shutters.  After your wanderings return to the Place de la Liberte for an apertif and maybe some dinner.


Sarlat Rooftops 
Church Tower of the Cathedral Saint-Sacredos and typical tiled rooftops of Dordogne



Monumental House in Sarlat 

 Sarlat building 

Alleyways of Sarlat 



Cafe on the Place de la Liberte in Sarlat 
Cafe on Place de la Liberte after market hours

Streets of Sarlat at night 
Church Tower in Sarlat 
An evening stroll through Sarlat is also nice

Hotel de Ville 


 An aperitif in front of Hotel de Ville at night


Market Days:

Outdoor Market Days: Wednesdays and Saturdays – 8:30am – 1:00pm


Covered Market Days: Daily inside the former Eglise Sainte Marie – 8:30am – 2:00pm

Organic Night Market: Thursday nights 6:00-10:00pm in Place 14 Juillet from June 17 to September 16

Truffle and Foie Gras Market Days: In December, January, February Saturdays from 9:00am – Noon



Truffle Festival: Third weekend in January


Goose Festival (Fest' Oie): Third Sunday in February

Local Produce Celebration (Journees du Terroir): May 13 and 14

Christmas Market: Last three weeks in December




Related Posts:


The Dish from France and Dordogne: Duck is the Specialty

Flaky Apple Tart – Croustade aux Pommes Inspired by Lunch at Pavillon Margaux

Sunday at the Bastille Market in Paris 

Cooking Classes for the Culinary Traveler in Paris

A Morning at the Rialto Market in Venice

Campo de' Fiori in Rome


Eggplant Caponata and Sicilian Market Etiquette



  1. Fern Driscoll
    November 4th

    Wait, wait… cherries in November? How can it be? Lovely pictures of a mouth-watering market – what a pretty town.

  2. Kathy
    November 4th

    Fern – No, don’t think they still have cherries at the market now (in November). The pictures are from this last summer. Thanks, and yes it is a very pretty town. I’m hoping to make it back in the winter for a foie gras/truffle market and the Christmas market.

  3. Jessica
    November 4th

    Incredible photographs! I love the look of the country bread and cheeses. You’ve incited a serious craving now… ;)

  4. Corinne @ Gourmantic
    November 4th

    Simply gorgeous! Thank you for taking me there with you through these lovely images. If I had to pick a favourite, it would be La Maison du Saucisson!

  5. Susan
    November 5th

    We have spent time in this lovely village. Beautiful pictures.

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