Eat Local — Marché Aux Halles (Central Market), La Rochelle, France

Marché Aux Halles (Central Market), 1835, La Rochelle, France

Marché Aux Halles (Central Market), 1835, La Rochelle, Franceor

Marché Aux Halles (the Central Market), in La Rochelle, France in Vieux Port (the old port and historic center of town) is a covered market that is open every day in the morning.  The market has both outside vendors (mostly fruits and vegetables) and indoor vendors (cheese, charcuteries (stores where pork products, such as hams, sausages, and pâtés are sold), pâtisseries (bakeries), butchers, fishmongers, prepared foods, etc.).  The covered market building was first opened for business in April 1835.

Vegetable display at outside vendor at Marché Aux Halles (Central Market), La Rochelle, France

Vegetable display at outside vendor at Marché Aux Halles (Central Market), La Rochelle, France

A wide selection of fromages (cheeses) at Marché Aux Halles (Central Market), La Rochelle, France

A wide selection of fromages (cheeses) at Marché Aux Halles (Central Market), La Rochelle, France

A selection of chèvres (goat cheeses) at Marché Aux Halles (Central Market), La Rochelle, France

A selection of chèvres (goat cheeses) at Marché Aux Halles (Central Market), La Rochelle, France

Bouchée à la Reine et Feuilletés de Saint Jacques at Marché Aux Halles (Central Market), La Rochelle, France

Bouchée à la Reine et Feuilletés de Saint Jacques at Marché Aux Halles (Central Market), La Rochelle, France

While the prepared foods were enticing and looked delicious, we decided that we would take advantage of the market and shop for our dinner buying local, fresh ingredients that we would prepare in our kitchen.

Millefeuille de Saumon at Marché Aux Halles (Central Market), La Rochelle, France

Millefeuille de Saumon at Marché Aux Halles (Central Market), La Rochelle, France

We were fortunate to visit the market early in the morning with the ship’s Executive Chef who was shopping for fresh berries, fruit and local fish for the ship’s restaurants.

Fresh fish at fishmonger's stall inside at Marché Aux Halles (Central Market), La Rochelle, France

Fresh fish at fishmonger’s stall inside at Marché Aux Halles (Central Market), La Rochelle, France

A wide variety of shellfish and fish at fishmonger's stall inside at Marché Aux Halles (Central Market), La Rochelle, France

A wide variety of shellfish and fish at fishmonger’s stall inside at Marché Aux Halles (Central Market), La Rochelle, France

The Chef was very helpful talking to the fishmonger with us, as he is fluent in French and knew the local fish selection.  (He bought 40+ pounds of fresh fish for the ship, along with selections of shellfish; we bought two small fish for our dinner in our apartment, plus lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and some rabbit rillettes for an hors d’oeuvre.)

Fshmonger filleting our two Saint-Pierre (English - John Dory) fishes at Marché Aux Halles (Central Market), La Rochelle, France

Fshmonger filleting our two Saint-Pierre (English – John Dory) fishes at Marché Aux Halles (Central Market), La Rochelle, France

The first two fillets of our two Saint-Pierre (English- John Dory) fishes at Marché Aux Halles (Central Market), La Rochelle, France

The first two fillets of our two Saint-Pierre (English- John Dory) fishes at Marché Aux Halles (Central Market), La Rochelle, France

We looked forward to preparing the fishes for dinner after a day exploring the town of La Rochelle (the Chef graciously offered to add or purchases to his and get them back on board the ship while we stayed shore side).  Our choice was the classic French preparation of sole à la meunière — the fish is dredged in flour and then pan fried in butter and served with the resulting brown butter sauce and lemon slices.  We agreed that rarely had we eaten fish in a restaurant that was as fresh.

Our preparation of the Saint-Pierre or Jean Doré (English- John Dory) as sole à la meunière in our apartment on the ship

Our preparation of the Saint-Pierre or Jean Doré (English- John Dory) as sole à la meunière in our apartment on the ship

 

 

5 thoughts on “Eat Local — Marché Aux Halles (Central Market), La Rochelle, France

  1. You really make beautiful pictures of markets. Due to the Rochelle post I discovered the Valencia one as well. I hope you continue visiting and reporting about markets.

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    • One of the great things about worldwide travel is the opportunity to explore the ports (and inland areas) we visit both geographically and culturally. One of the terrific ways to be introduced to and to understand a new culture is through its food — and markets are a window into the local food culture and traditions. Stay tuned for more markets in the future…

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