The chain boutique Souleiado, 19 rue Joseph-Verne (tel. 04-90-86-32-05), sells reproductions of 18th- and 19th-century Provençal fabrics by the meter or made into clothing and linens. It is also has a large selection of housewares and gifts.
Hervé Baume, 19 rue Petite Fusterie (tel. 04-90-86-37-66), is the place to buy a Provençal table—or something to put on it. A massive inventory includes French folk art and hand-blown hurricane lamps. Jaffier-Parsi, 42 rue des Fourbisseurs (tel. 04-90-86-08-85), is known for copper saucepans from the Norman town of Villedieu-les-Poêles, which has been making them since the Middle Ages.
For fresh reading material, Camili Books and Tea, 155 rue de la Carreterie (www.camili-booksandtea.com, (tel) 04-90-27-38-50), stocks close to 20,000 books, most of them used. There’s also a tea room and free Wi-Fi on site.
In Avignon, foodie souvenirs are delightfully thick on the ground. Head over to Le Comptoir de Mathilde, 32 rue de la Balance (www.lecomptoirdemathilde.com; (tel) 04-90-85-44-52), for olive tapenade, local olive oils, Herbes de Provence mustard, and flaky Guérande sea salt, as well as plenty of free tastings. Pâtisserie Mallard, 22 rue Vieux
Sextier; (tel) 04-90-82-42-38), makes the hard-to-find local specialty les papalines d’Avignon. Dark chocolate is coated in a pink, “thistle”-like pink chocolate, then filled with Origan du Comat liquor, the latter created from 60 local plants and produced by Maison Blachère, Provence’s oldest distillery.
A covered market with 40 different merchants is Les Halles, pl. Pie, open Tuesday through Sunday (6am–1:30pm weekdays and 6am-2pm weekends). The flower market is on place des Carmes on Saturday (8am–1pm), and the flea market occupies the same place each Sunday morning (6am–1pm).
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