Food markets and shopping

There are no shops in Mercadiol, but the shops in St Julien can supply most of your daily needs, and there is a choice of supermarkets in the nearby towns of Gourdon, Souillac and Sarlat, offering a wide range of goods, including local wines; most also have clothes. Notes in the house give more details.

Local shops
St Julien provides for most basic needs (general store–with vegetables, dairy, wine, etc; boulangerie; cafe/bar/pizzeria; butcher/charcuterie; bank/ATM and an excellent pharmacy. The boulangerie is closed Wed and Sun pm.
Masclat also has a small general store/depot de pain (closed Tues and Sun pm). In addition to bread and croissants, the shop sells a small selection of fresh vegetables as well as tinned food.
Carlux over the river has a small general store and a bakery.

Shopping hours
Almost all smaller shops close for lunch. Some supermarkets in Sarlat, Gourdon and Souillac close on Sundays (except in high season when they open in the morning).

Main markets
Saturday:
Sarlat’s (21 km) main market is a great food market experience summer or winter and not to be missed._DSC2681
Gourdon’s (13 km) main market has high quality fruit and vegetables and specialist stalls.
Sunday:
Fajoles (6 km) operates only in high season (Jun to Sept) selling fresh local produce and cut flowers
Caviac (7 km) on the opposite side of the river, just off the Sarlat road, a small market but good range of produce.
Daglan (26 km) has a small friendly Sunday morning market with a loyal following.
Cazals (34 km) a general market with food, clothes and bric-a-brac.
Wednesday:
Sarlat (21 km) not as hectic as Saturdays.
Payrac (14 km) in summer, a small, local farmers’ market .
Thursday:
St Julien de Lampon (4 km) the closest all-year market to La Vieille Grange and sells local vegetables, local cheeses, artisan  bread, charcuterie and sometimes has a fish-seller.

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Paella, cooked at the market, is a popular take-away.

Friday:
Souillac (17 km),  held in and around the market square near the abbey and belfry

Main supermarkets
Gourdon
Intermarché: 3 kms out of town centre on Fumel road; it has petrol and the shopping centre has a pharmacy, sports clothing shop and café
Carrefour 4 kms out on the same road, also has petrol
Lidl: (opposite Carrefour) the cut-price/ limited range shopping option
Casino: Ave Gambetta, near the station, small and basic
For special treats it’s hard to beat cakes, macaroons and desserts from Patisserie Llorca at 7 Allée de la Republique (opp Café Divan).

Sarlat: the world-famous gourmet paradise, has markets on Wednesday and Saturday

Sarlat
The medieval centre of Sarlat offers some of the best shopping in south-west France, with a wide range of specialist food shops, stylish clothing boutiques, bookshops and galleries in its pedestrian-friendly streets.
E. Leclerc: a huge supermarket with specialty shops, 4 km from the town centre on the road from Souillac; a new shopping precinct opposite has sports, clothing and a frozen food outlets.
Casino: on the Bergerac road; good range
Carrefour: on the Perigueux road (north of the town centre); there are some specialty shops in the complex but this is not the best shopping in the area.

Souillac
E. Leclerc: is one of the best local supermarkets; wide range of fresh foods and household goods well as basic clothing, a large wine selection and cheap petrol.
Casino: quite small but is sometimes open when others are closed.
Lidl: on the main road. Popular for specials and cheap alcohol.
Halle des Producteurs (opposite E.Leclerc): an open-air market hall selling locally sourced fruit, vegetables, bread, traditional cakes (walnut eg), wine and cheese.

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