The historic and beautiful city of Tours has a whopping twenty markets interspersed through the streets and parks, so shoppers are really rather spoiled for choice. For flea market and antique enthusiasts, the number one choice has to be Tours flea market, a monthly event that is creeping up into the various ‘Top Flea Market’ lists, and with very good reason!
Tours is known as “the garden of France” and is steeping in a rich history. It already calls to tourists due to the multitude of gorgeous gardens, the many bridges crossing over the Loire, the Cathedral (standing since the 1500s) and certainly the markets. Tours flea market is a lovely size with around 150 stalls being set up, which means it is quite easy to stroll around during a day and is not too overwhelming. The atmosphere here is very calm and friendly, and both shoppers and vendors seem to enjoy the location alike.
The Tours flea market is a window into French culture and browsing around the goods showcased on the booths around the market, gives you a glimpse into what life in Tours used to be like. There are many classical French antiquities for sale crafted from many different materials including lace and porcelain, as well as vintage furniture, articles of clothing, war memorabilia, antique books, wine crates, vintage bottles and tins and also a selection of agricultural equipment quite specific to the trades of the area.
When planning a visit to Tours flea market, bear in mind the scenic locale and the copious varieties of tasty food and drinks available in the area. Though it is certainly possible to make it a day trip (high speed trains from Paris travel to Tours in less than an hour) there is more than enough to do in this city to justify a weekend here at least. It is a charming area, an excellent market and should not be missed.