Of course, the elders will tell you it was better before, that the animation and the spectacle are not what they used to be. But don't give in to nostalgia and go along for a visit to the covered market, also known as the Big market or spices market, whose colours and cries the writer Patrick Chamoiseau describes so aptly in one of his books, La Chronique des Sept Misères (The Chronicle of Seven Sorrows).
Stroll through the aisles, do not hesitate to ask for fruit and vegetables you don't recognise or whose names you don't know, delight in the colourful flowers, purchase a few spices.
The atmosphere on Creole markets is legendary, and such is the case at the “Man Zouzou” fish market, where fishmongers shout the name of their catch: king mackerels, coulirou mackerels, balaous, as well as small and large tunas! As for the Lafcadio Hearn market, it unveils stalls of flowers, fruits and vegetables, even on Sunday.
Corner of Antoine Siger and Isambert streets
Marché aux poissons
Marché Lafcadio Hearn
Corner of boulevard Général de Gaulle and rue du Pavé