My wife wanted to go to the Grande Rederie as she had heard that it was a fabulous street market. She wasn't wrong. The centre of Amiens is taken over by the market twice a year. April & September. The market is a mish mash of Traders, car booters & locals. Not really sure how you would classify it. Flea market, broquante? You decide.
It starts at 5.00am - yes, 5.00am. Not all the stalls are up & running by this time. As with any car boot, the traders are having a quick look at what the 'novices' have got to see if they can grab a bargain. Having done it once, there are a few bits of advise I would share with you. Get a street map (from the hotel or www before you arrive). Have a highlighter pen. As you walk down the street look at one side only & mark it on your map. You will forget where you have been, it's a sprawling, massive market. Depending on what you intend to buy, take suitable bags to carry your booty. If you are buying larger items, take a collapsible trolley. Pick a central hotel. We chose one so we could do the 5.00am run, go back to the hotel for breakfast at 7.00. Also you can dump purchases in your hotel room. Take time out to have a mid morning coffee & pastries etc to rest your legs. According to my pedometer I took 22k steps & covered 13.2km. The local food shops also have stalls outside so there is plenty of food choice.
Prices at the start are high so make a note of where they are & return later. Don't forget to haggle. It is a must! My wife was given a price of 50euro for something she wanted early on. Later in the day she got is for 5euro from the same stall.
Bring a torch, it's dark early morning. As regards the sunscreen, that's your decision;)
Good? I've booked time off already for next April. See you there.
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