Shopping in Montpellier
Shopping is one of Montpellier’s best pursuits. The top spots for emptying your wallet are the Rue de la Loge, which fans off the Place de la Comédie. Be sure to peek down the side streets for unique owner-operated boutiques. If you care less about quality and more about quantity, there are three levels of European chain stores at Polygone mall, just off Place de la Comédie as well and near the tourism office.
Montpellier also has numerous outdoor and covered markets, which can provide a less expensive and more interesting way to find take-home souvenirs. You can hardly walk through this city without tripping on a market. Visit the traditional open-air markets at Place du Nombre d’Or (Wednesdays), Boulevard des Arceaux (Tuesdays and Saturdays), Place Beaux Arts (Monday through Saturday), Esplanade Charles de Gaulle (Monday through Saturday), Cours Gambetta ( daily), Place J. Baumel (Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) and Avenue Pedro de Luna (Tuesday through Saturday). The daily covered markets are Les Halles Castallenes (Rue de la Loge), Jacques Coeur (boulevard d’Antigone), Laissac (Place Laissac) and Les Quatre Saisons (avenue de Heidelberg). There are also specialty markets like the daily flower market at Esplanade Charles de Gaulle, the second-hand book market at Rue des Etuves the fourth Saturday of the month and the Sunday flea market at Espace Mosson.
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