The fact that the quays on Bordeaux's left bank attract so many people out for a walk is due to the wonderful way they were renovated. Completed in 2009, this ambitious redevelopment programme took several years. The market with sixty stalls on the quays every Sunday starting at 7am is also a major attraction.
After shopping and chatting with local producers, you may want to enjoy a plate of oysters or a tasty hot dish cooked on site, either in the shade or out in the sun sitting on a low wall. There is also a separate organic food market on Thursday morning, where fifteen farmers and producers sell certifiably organic products. Another market held on Friday morning on the beautiful Place des Martyrs de la Résistance, near the elegant Saint-Seurin basilica, also features organic foods.
Whatever the weather, it is always a pleasure to go to "the stomach of Bordeaux", i.e. the covered Les Capucins market. This is very lively and full of stalls selling a wonderful variety of fine food. The market is open every day of the week except Monday. With their shopping bags full of regional specialities, families and friends enjoy gathering to share delicious tapas or a seafood platter served by cheeky, good-humoured waiters.