Annecy is a glorious and historic city in the Haute-Savoie department of southeastern France. Although it is noted for its stunning views, its long and storied past, its scenic buildings, and the easy access to Lake Annecy, there is one more reason why this town is known around the world.The shopping is simply marvelous.
What To Buy in Annecy and When
The Annecy market only convenes once a week. On Saturday the closely packed streets are filled with vendors and their temporary stalls. You can wander through the dense aisles and take in the sights and smells, or you can spend a few euros and get something to remember. Annecy is well known for having one of the highest quality markets in southern France. Clothes, Swiss goods such as chocolate, high fashion and collectibles make up an enormous proportion of the market. The souvenirs tend to be of high quality and excellent manufacture. Antique sales are also extremely popular in this outdoor open air environment. Pizza, pastry and chocolate are all well represented in the marketplace. Nutritious and delicious meals can be assembled by buying small treats from vendors as you pass.
The Centre Ville and Its Surroundings
Annecy is simply a beautiful city. The winding streets are impossible to pass through with a car or even a bicycle during the market, so plan ahead for transportation. The cobblestones and flagstones of the walking surfaces can also be challenges to those with mobility challenges or heavy baggage. Be prepared to carry heavy purchases a long way! Fortunately the southeastern French weather is often perfect. If it’s not, then there may not be many vendors at the market to buy from anyway.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Annecy shopping.