For busy couples, a glamping trip to rural France is the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and indulge in some much-needed relaxation. And while here, if you’re looking for a different kind of retail therapy, one that’s all about experiences rather than things, we’ve got you covered. Here are ten unique shopping experiences that will leave you with unforgettable memories:
1. Traditional Markets
Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of a traditional market and browse stalls filled with fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, and handmade goods. Take the time to chat with the vendors, learn about their craft, and taste the local flavours. It’s the perfect way to experience French culture and connect with the community.
2. Skilled Artisans
The second of the unique shopping experiences in rural France is to visit a local “atelier”. Learn from skilled artisans in their workshops and discover the secrets of traditional crafts. Whether it’s pottery, weaving, or woodwork, you’ll find workshops throughout rural France that offer hands-on experiences. Not only will you leave with a unique souvenir, but you’ll also have gained new skills and insights.
3. A Pottery Or Artist Studio
Explore the creative process at a pottery or artist studio and see the artists at work. You’ll have the opportunity to watch them create their masterpieces, ask questions, and even try your hand at the craft. It’s the perfect way to gain a deeper appreciation for the art and connect with the artists.
4. Stop Off At A Local Farm
Many farms sell their produce direct – look out for, often, hand written signs advertising their wares! Connect with nature and learn about sustainable agriculture. You may have the opportunity to see the animals, taste the fresh produce, and learn about the farming practices. It’s the perfect way to support local farmers and get a taste of rural life.
5. Brocantes (Flea or Antique Markets)
Discover hidden treasures at a brocante, a French flea market. Probably one of the most unique shopping experiences in rural France as you’ll find everything from vintage clothing to antique furniture, and each item has its own special story. Take your time exploring the market, chatting with the vendors, and uncovering hidden gems.
6. Medieval Towns and Villages
Stroll through charming towns and villages with quirky shops and boutiques. You’ll find everything from handmade jewellery to vintage records and each shop has its own unique character. Take your time browsing the shops, chatting with the owners, and soaking up the local atmosphere.
7. The Boulangerie
Perhaps the most synonymous, unique shopping experience in rural France, if not the whole of France must be the boulangerie! Its the ideal place to practice your French as well as indulge in mouth-watering pastries. You’ll find these traditional bakeries in almost every village and town, and they offer an endless array of sweet and savory treats. It’s the perfect way to indulge your taste buds and connect with the French way of life!
8. Not Just Buying Wine
You’ll be selling yourself short if you just buy wine from the supermarket in France. Indulge in the rich flavors of local wines at a wine tasting. From crisp whites and delicious roses to bold reds, you’ll find a wide range of wines to suit every palate. Visit a wine house, take a tour of the vineyard, learn about the winemaking process, and sample the wines. It’s the perfect way to connect with the land and the people who make it all possible.
9. Concept Stores
Discover local makers and their unique products at concept stores. From handmade pottery to artisanal soaps and candles, you’ll find a wide range of products that showcase the creativity and skill of local artisans and reclaimed and recycled items. Take your time browsing the store, chatting with the makers, even participating in a workshop and finding the souvenir of your break away.
10. Go On A Brewery Tour!
France is known for its wine and cheese but its beer? If you like beer, you will be glad to find unique shopping experiences in rural France springing up in small towns and villages where you can buy locally produced beer. Discover the unique flavors of artisanal beers at local small breweries. From crisp blondes to dark and complex ales, you’ll find a wide range of brews to suit every taste. Take a tour of the brewery, learn about the brewing process, and sample the beers. It’s the perfect way to support local businesses and get a taste of something new.
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