The Open Air Markets
The most charming way to shop in Calais is at the market on Place d’Armes. The Place d’Armes is in the centre of the Old Town area, minutes from the port so its easy to join the locals as they shop for their lunch. Delightful flower arrangements lead the way to stalls selling great-value flower bulbs. Follow your nose to the food section and pick up strings of garlic, especially the smoked variety at just £5.50 per kilo.
Locally grown chicory, home-made honey, and various farm-produced jams are enticingly cheap. Other must-buy French delicacies include northern France’s famed fish soup, foie gras and speciality saucissons (sausages) such as pork and mushroom, pork and walnuts and even pork with cheese or olives.
Open: Wednesday and Saturday to 12.30pm
This is a lesser-known market open on a Thursday is a great market shopping experience. Look out for the air-dried sausages, and fish soup (soup de poisson).
Open: Thursday and Saturday to 12.30pm
Fancy a trip out of town? This market is worth the drive This large traditional market held every Wednesday morning in the main square of Audruicq, is one of the best in the Calais region. Walk through the Place des Marronniers and its poultry market and be welcomed by the cacophony of hens, chickens, geese and ducks. Several small local producers sell fresh produce from their farms.
Open: Wednesday to 12.30pm