I have been searching for a vibrant and traditional outdoor market here in Montpellier since my arrival, but to no avail. A couple of weeks ago my search ended (yes, it took me a while to write this post!) – my new flatmate stumbled upon le marché des Arceaux, held beneath the beautiful St Clément aqueduct, so we went on an excursion. Bustling with people of all ages and awash with smells and colours, it was the perfect way to pass a saturday morning.
Tasters, well don’t mind if I do. Nom, nom…
Seasonal veg, all much cheaper than the supermarket, and without a doubt, more tasty.
Introducing the mint tea man : almost a celebrity amongst the market folk, the mint tea man is one cool gent. With his Caribbean-vibe music and cheery demeanour, it’s a pleasure to stop by his shack on wheels (and for only 1 euro, it’s a bargain pit-stop). You can’t miss the heavenly aroma of fresh mint as you pass by. Try his unique addition of pine nuts which soak up the flavour of mint and become deliciously sweet, plus he offers a free little almond cake!
Yummy sandwich made with my purchases – smelly cheese, juicy marinated olives, rich dried tomatoes, lemon preserve and salad.