La Rochelle Fish Market, France
Where? La Rochelle, South-West of France, Rue Marche.
The picturesque coastal town of La Rochelle, in the South- West of France. I recently spent a weekend there with a lovely Frenchman and an Italian, and spent a Saturday morning in the bustling market.
Located on Rue Marche, the fish market is held in a old stone market building, which is brimming with stalls of the freshest, most tempting shell-fish and fish you could wish for- piles of oysters, scallops, inky squid and pink prawns.
The market isn’t just fish though, and many luscious fruit, vegetable, meat and patisserie stalls over-brim into the main square and down the many alleyways coming off the market square.
The building itself is worth a visit, with a beautiful 17th century façade.
What to look out for? chargrilled beetroot- burnt black and unappealing, the piles of shrivelled oblongs hides the rich, earthy and ready-to-eat beetroot.
What I bought: Practically everything- oysters, huge prawns, clams, scallops, squid, and mackerel.
Recipes: Click here for recipes using the fish I bought at the market: Gratinee Oysters, Simple Garlicky Grilled Shellfish and Spaghetti Vongole- Spaghetti with Clams.