Every Wednesday throughout the year come rain, snow or shine, Samoëns hosts one of the busiest traditional markets throughout the Savoyard region.
There is a buzz around the village from early morning as the stall holders get ready to show their wares from 8.00 am till Noon. The Lodge at Samoëns team and our guests love heading down to the market: Megan & Jonny, who live in Samoëns 12 months a year, looking after The Lodge, find the market a great place to combine business with pleasure as they shop for provisions, meet up with colleagues and chat to the local artisans. Whilst the guests love browsing and shopping around a genuine local market.
The market is as historic as Samoëns itself with origins going back to 1476, and in 1555 the Halle was constructed in La place de Gros Tilleul. Gradually over the years the market has spread to all the surrounding streets and the car park area opposite the Office de Tourism.
These days, the number of stall holders can vary from 60 to 130 dependent on the time of year and its possible to purchase a huge variety of different items including: Plants - lots of different varieties of mountain plants and fresh flowers; Gardening equipment and tools - everything from lawn mowers to snow blowers; Household goods - cushions, rugs, tableware, linens, kitchen equipment and even animal skins; Leather goods such as belts, purses, wallets and handbags; Clothing and shoes for the whole family; Fashion accessories - jewellery, hats, scarves, socks, sunglasses; local arts and crafts providing some great take home souvenirs, but our favourites are the many food stalls offering everything from fruit and veg to fresh fish, meat and pasta, deli items such as local saucisson, olives, cheeses and breads to name a few.
Each individual stall has its own canopy colour, produce and smell which brings its own individual character. We’ve love shopping all the delicacies and then heading back to The Lodge and sitting on the balcony enjoying a lunch fit for kings. We love to buy a rotisserie chicken, lots of beautiful salad vegetables, fresh olives, tapenades and conserves along with freshly baked bread and some local cheeses such as Comte or Tomme.
The village really comes alive and its lovely to sit back in one of the local cafes and watch the world go by either with a nice cool beer, coffee or ice cream before heading back for lunch.
The Lodge at Samoëns is available for rental all year round and offers flexible holiday packages to cater for all groups. Check out our website www.thelodges.ski