Out and About: Shopping
There are three bakers in Monpazier and all are good. It is worth trying them all to establish your preference. Maison de Chapitre on Rue St Notre Dame, our current favourite is closed on Mondays. Be sure to try the local walnut bread and tarts. Walnuts are a local speciality and taste wonderfully fresh.
There are three mini-markets in Monpazier and they all stock the essentials, including fresh milk. We generally use either the Casino on the market square or the Spar in Rue St Jacques.
The ovens run on bottled gas. If you need to buy additional gas bottles they are available at the garage at Marsales on the road to Beaumont and at most petrol stations. A wide range of hardware materials can be bought at the excellent store in Beaumont (on the narrow road leading from the square).
Most of the surrounding villages and towns have a weekly market where you can buy local produce. The Monpazier market, held on Thursdays, generally has a very good fish stall.
- Tuesday: Beaumont, Le Bugue & Trémolat
- Wednesday: Bergerac, Cadouin & Sarlat
- Thursday: Monpazier, Domme & Monflanquin
- Friday: Le Buisson de Cadouin
- Saturday: Belvès, Sarlat, Beaumont & Villereal
- Sunday: Daglan, Issigeac & St. Cyprien
From time to time in the summer there are antique fairs know as ‘brocantes’. These are often attended by dealers and genuine bargains can be hard to find. You may have better luck at a ‘vide greniers’ – literally an ‘attic clearance’ more akin to our car boot sales. Check the regional website at www.pays-de-bergerac.com
The nearest garage is just outside Monpazier on the road to Beaumont. Alternatively there are petrol stations at most supermarkets.
The closest, larger supermarkets are found in Villereal, Beaumont and Siorac. We generally use the Carrefour Market at Siorac which has a small but good fresh fish counter and a petrol station. All except the largest supermarkets are closed during lunch. Bergerac, Villeneuve sur Lot and Sarlat have the much larger hypermarkets. The best is probably the big new Intermarche at Creysse just outside Bergerac to the east or the older Leclerc on the road to Bordeaux on the west.
All the local supermarkets stock a reasonable range of regional wine and the M. Geoffre, the grocer next to Maison de Chapitre bakery has a surprisingly good selection. There is also an excellent wine merchant called Julien de Savignac (0553.07.10.31), just south of Le Bugue. As you approach Le Bugue from the north, it is on the main road on the left hand side. Please see the Food & Wine section for some suggestions regarding vineyards we recommend visiting.
Larger stores with a wider range of goods are found in the regional towns of Bergerac, Villeneuve sur Lot and Sarlat. Sarlat is the most attractive town (see the Towns & Villages section) but is it touristy. Bordeaux and Toulouse are both two hours drive away. They obviously have the best range of shops.