The central market


Going to the market is not just another way to get your groceries, it’s quite an exhilarating experience. In the covered market in the city centre, with its dozens of merchants inside and outside, you will be spoilt for choice! Will you choose prawns, a lobster, a sole or two? All of them –of course!- as fresh as can be. Or are you more inclined towards a plump free-range chicken and traditional pâté ? Exotic vegetables or organic potatoes, grown just a few miles away? And how could you possibly resist the fruit… big sweet melons, heaps of shiny red cherries and mouth-watering strawberries are just some of the temptations that lie in store.

While you’re there, have a look at the architecture of the covered market. It dmarche interieur hauteur 301.jpgates back to the 1950’s, when the city was rebuilt after the war. Its elegantly curved high ceiling, made of concrete like the whole building, is designed both to allow daylight into the market and to provide shadow for the stalls.

A few kilometres from the city centre, the covered market of the Penhoët district is totally different. It was built in 1877 and used to stand in the city centre before being transferred, in 1936, to Penhoët. This covered market is the oldest public building still being used in Saint-Nazaire to this day.

Days and locations of the markets (they take place only in the morning):

Place du Commerce (central market)

Penhoët and la Bouletterie

Perthuischaud and Saint-Marc

Place du Commerce (central market)


Place du Commerce (central market) and Saint-Marc

You can pinpoint them on the map of Saint-Nazaire (English pages> practical life > markets).