Most of Perpignan's major sites are concentrated in the compact, pedestrianized old town. The huge Palais des Rois de Majorque dominates the southern side of town. West of the river lies the new town.
Place de la République is at the heart of the pedestrianized city center, whose inviting streets make it a good town for shopping. Catalan is the style indigenous to the area, seen in the textiles, pottery, and furniture. A good selection of Catalan-inspired home-decorating items is found at La Maison Quinta, 3 rue Grands-des-Fabriques (www.maison-quinta.com; tel. 04-68-34-41-62).
Try the outdoor market Marché Cassanyes, pl. Cassanyes, for fruit, vegetables, preserves, and cheap clothes. It happens daily from 7:30am to 1:30pm. The Halles Vauban is a new covered market in refurbished old buildings opened at the end of 2017. It’s full of organic food stalls, fruit, and vegetables but is also a great place for a snack or light lunch at the many cafes. It’s at Quai Vauban and is open Tuesday to Sunday 8am to 8pm. For one of the best selections of Catalan ceramics from several makers, visit Centre Sant-Vicens, rue Sant-Vicens (www.santvicens.fr; tel. 04-68-50-02-18). It’s 4km (2.5 miles) south of the town center; follow signs to Enne and Collioure.
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