Les marchés de Saint-Germain... à vos paniers !
Un marché se tient dans notre ville presque chaque jour de la semaine (sauf les lundis et jeudis). En coeur de ville, devant la gare de Grande-Ceinture ou place des Rotondes, les marchés sont un lieu de rencontre et de convivialité.
Deux fois par an (printemps et automne) se déroule également un marché à la brocante sur la place du Marché-Neuf, réservé aux professionnels. Contact et inscription auprès du placier au 06 73 17 88 04.
Les jours de marché
Marché central de Saint-Germain-en-Laye
Place du Marché-Neuf
- Mardi et vendredi de 8h30 à 13h
- Dimanche de 8h30 à 13h30
Place Christiane-Frahier, devant la gare de Grande-Ceinture
ATTENTION, le dernier marché sur la place Frahier aura lieu le 23 septembre. Il est déplacé rue Franklin, le samedi 30 septembre.
- Samedi de 8h30 à 13h
Marché des Rotondes
Place des Rotondes et sur une partie de la rue de l'Aurore
- Vendredi de 15h à 19h30
Attention, la rue Franz-Schubert est fermée à la circulation chaque vendredi de 13h à 20h30
“Markets mean life” in the centre, place des Rotondes, rue Franklin
The last step of the Bel-Air paved complex becoming Place des Rotondes was the opening of a market on Fridays afternoon (3 pm to 7.30 pm) in 2016, meeting inhabitants’ expectations. With some twenty stalls offering quality products at reasonable prices, the market allows for more possibilities than just shopping.
Focusing on living together
Like on those markets in the city centre and Place Christiane-Frahier (transferred to rue Franklin during construction of Lisière Pereire), it is also a place for warm and friendly exchanges, in favour of living together. “Markets mean life! Their economic and social role can’t be replaced”, highlights Laure Meunier, city councillor for stallholders. The Saint-Germain ones have existed for centuries and its inhabitants are bound to them!”
Official existence since 1526
The official founding act of Saint-Germain-en-Laye markets is a licence letter by François 1er on April 13th, 1526, whose care for the city prosperity made him establish four fair days (May 28th, July 31st, September 13th and December 1st). The letter was confirmed in January 1593 by Henri IV who added the creation of two weekly markets at the place of the nowadays rue du Vieux-Marché:
- the first one on Mondays for grain, flour and pork…,
- the second one on Thursdays for grain only.
“The exact origin of markets is nevertheless difficult to establish”, thinks Laure Meunier. “Since Saint-Germain became a “town”, there were certainly markets for inhabitants and neighbours to buy food. It was probably around carts and wheelbarrows that the new stalls started their installation”. Three other market days were soon added to Mondays and Thursdays for vegetables, fruits, meat, fish.
A market on each day
“There again it is difficult to know when they started. The only sure thing: it was before 1667, as stated in a settling by France’s “grand prévôt”(provost), according to which there is an every-day market on nowadays rue du Vieux-Marché. It was in 1766 that the “Old Market” was transferred to its nowadays place and called “New Market” in place of the cemetery”.