Have a wander around the market in Thônes
Do you like wandering around colourful markets? Meeting local producers? Discovering ingredients for cooking regional specialities? There’s no need to change your habits just because you are on holiday! In the Aravis, there are markets in La Clusaz on Mondays, and Le Grand Bornand on Wednesdays, but today we’re taking you to the market in Thônes, which happens every Saturday morning.
Located right in the centre of Thônes, a charming town on the road to the ski stations, the market is popular with local people all year round. From 8am to 1pm, farmers and traders from the valley and further afield offer a great choice of produce: cheese, charcuterie, fruit and vegetables, honey, jams and also homeware, clothes and accessories … a colourful scene, the market at Thônes is known as much for its variety and quality of produce as for its great atmosphere.
Here are a few of our favourites:
Charcuterie from “Pousse-Midi de Jérémie”
A great range of hams and sausage: “grelots” with nuts or plain, dry sausage, fagotins … discover Jérémie’s own specialties – he also has a shop in La Clusaz, where he sells cheese (he can prepare a raclette or fondue for you, with aperitif platters), wines and spirits.
Cheese from Les Caves du Val de Thônes
Séverine and Björn offer a selection of excellent local cheeses such as Reblochon, Tomme or raclette, as well as goat or sheep feta, Brie, Mont d’Or, a creamy truffled Brillat-Savarin … and many others!
Goats cheese from La Chèvrerie de la Closette
If you like goat’s cheese, this is a must! Stéphane has so many to choose from: fresh, dry, logs, pyramids coated in ash, filled with blueberries, bite-sized canapes, and flavoured cheeses such as wild garlic, mountain herbs, mint, marjoram, mushroom, fennel, honey, nuts … it’s impossible to mention them all! You can buy his cheese on the market in Thônes but also from the farm nearby, 1200m up opposite Tournette.
Fruit and vegetables
La Ronde du Bio and Le Jardin des Solstices
Food shops in Thônes
On Saturday mornings during the market in Thônes, the centre of the town is closed to cars, making it a great time to wander around the food shops, which are noted for their quality produce. Here are some worth visiting:
La Côte à l’Os on Rue des Clefs and the Boucherie de la Ferme, in the arcades. As well as a wide choice of quality meats, these two master butchers offer charcuterie and deli products. You can order meat for specific dishes such as hot stones, meat fondue, osso bucco, bœuf bourguignon…)
Cheese : Crèmerie Périssin-Fabert
Passionate about farm produce, Christiane will always greet you with a smile. Reblochon, Chevrotin, Abondance, Beaufort, Tomme or Savoyard Emmental all come from excellent local suppliers and can be vacuum-packed for transporting. She also sells fresh produce such as butter, cream, fromage blanc and artisan produce such as honey, local wines, preserves, pains d’épices.
Au Four à Bois, Aux Délices d’Ôthônes and the Boulangerie Michel Petit. These excellent shops offer a variety of breads to go with your meal or for a picnic! Not to mention the savoury pastries, pâtisseries and chocolates. A special mention goes to the “pain Ménage” by Michel Petit.
Chocolates and Patisserie
Patisserie Fontaine / La Savoyarde: this shop in the arcades has been taken over by an enthusiastic young couple. You’ll find a huge choice of patisserie, chocolates and homemade ice creams. If you’re finding it hard to choose, start with the Croix de Savoie tart, for which the shop is renowned. Then come back again to try all the other delights!
Fancy a drink after the market in Thônes?
One of the things locals love to do is have a drink with friends and family after visiting the market in Thônes – it’s a great way to start the weekend! Here are a few places where you will find a warm welcome and a friendly atmosphere:
Le Central : in the heart of the market. There’s a great terrace where you can soak up the sun or watch the passers-by. They also serve a hearty lunch.
L’Aravis Café : a pretty terrace, and friendly welcome and a great atmosphere. Enjoy a drink or lunch after the market.
Le Bistrot Chez Jean : Just opposite the tourist office, locals love this place for its amazing waffles, but it’s also a bar run by a lovely couple.