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With its inviting storefronts and pedestrian streets, Perpignan is a good town for shopping. For one of the best selections of Catalan pottery, furniture, and carpets, and even a small inventory of antiques, visit the Centre Sant-Vicens, rue Sant-Vicens (tel. 04-68-50-02-18; www.santvicens.fr), site of dozens of independent merchants. You'll find it 4km (2 1/2 miles) southeast of the town center, following the signs pointing to Cabestany. In the town center, La Maison Quinta, 3 rue des Grande des Fabriques (tel. 04-68-34-41-62; www.maison-quinta.com), sells Catalan-inspired items for home decorating.

Place République is where the main food market is open Tuesday through Sunday from 7:30am-1:30pm. It's also worth a stroll down the lively rue de la Poissonnerie, where fish sellers vie for attention with delis and bars where the customers enjoy their morning glass of wine with a plate of Serrano ham.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.