The Flower Market in Aix-en-Provence

Three times a week, the plaza in front of the Hôtel de Ville in Aix is adorned with flowers. The people of Aix make a point of not missing out on this pleasure.
By Caroline Taret

It’s 8 am and the flower sellers are busy in Aix’s Place de l'Hôtel de Ville. Like every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, peonies, hydrangeas, petunias and herbs like basil and rosemary bring the area surrounding the fountain to life with their colors and perfumes. Until 12:30, a constant ballet of clients takes place beneath the shade of the clock tower. The elegant residents of Aix come to stock up on violas and geraniums to embellish their gardens and balconies, giving into temptation amidst the marvelous cut flowers that stand ready to freshen up their dining room tables. The people of Aix make their way between the florists’ tidy stands, inhaling the sweet fragrances of the freshly picked peonies as they go. The charming and cheeky Martine, famous amongst the locals of Aix, sells them for 4 euros a bunch – a price that’s impossible to resist. On the plaza’s café terraces, the regulars sip their coffee as if nothing out of the ordinary were happening. They have the pleasure of experiencing this scene three times a week. How we envy them!

Of Interest in the Surrounding Area

Aix in 10 Fountains

An alternative way to visit this pretty city on foot, this route will lead you from the old city to the neighborhood of Mazarin-Mirabeau. Follow the sound of the water!

Le Pavillon Noir

Built by the architect Rudy Ricciotti for the contemporary dance company Ballet Preljocaj, this black screen represents the new cultural quarter of the city.

The Mountain of Sainte-Victoire

Omnipresent from the moment you leave the city center, the Sainte-Victoire mountain is a great place to discover on a family outing, with the paintings of Paul Cézanne in mind.

The Vasarely Foundation

An ode to optical and kinetic art, this institution is emblematic of the work of Victor Vasarely, housing more than forty monumental pieces by the artist.

Discover
The Flower Market of the Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings from 8:30 – noon.


Latest articles

L'OCCITANE Continues its Support of Japanese Craftsmen

L'OCCITANE Continues its Support of Japanese Craftsmen

Four years after the tsunami that rocked Fukushima, L'OCCITANE continues to give aid to the inhabitants of the Japanese archipelago. An initiative that today sees three artisans from the Tohoku region, particularly affected by the disaster, invited to discover the art of Provencal markets.
The Tradition of the Provencal Baby Basket

The Tradition of the Provencal Baby Basket

Rich in symbols, Provencal traditions have been defining the region’s identity since ancient times. Among them, the baby gift basket, forgotten for a time, is returning to fashion as a gesture of affection upon arrival of a newborn.
Hot on the Heels of Emma François, Founder of Sessùn

Hot on the Heels of Emma François, Founder of Sessùn

From a simple hobby to finance her studies, Emma François has made her bohemian accented label Sessùn a favorite with fashionistas. Sixteen years after her debut, this Marseillaise at heart sets herself a new challenge with the design of a first wedding dress collection "Yes"!