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 do not let their memories dissuade you: go along for a visit to the covered market, also known as the Grand Marché or spice 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 do not recognise or whose names you do not 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 mackerel, bigeye scad mackerel and sauries, as well as small and large tuna! The Lafcadio Hearn market, meanwhile, is full of flower, fruit and vegetable stalls, even on Sunday.
Corner of Rue Antoine Siger and Rue Isambert
Lafcadio Hearn market
Corner of Boulevard Général de Gaulle and Rue du Pavé