The Halles de Niort, located in the heart of the city, are a historical and cultural jewel. These market halls are the place to be for locals and visitors alike. Offering a authentic atmosphere, they are home to colourful stalls where the local producers offer a variety of fresh products and regional specialities. The halls of Niort are a a true testimony to history and the richness of the Destination Niort - Marais Poitevin.


The history of Les Halles de Niort

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The first Halles de Niort, rue Victor Hugo

It all starts on Rue Victor Hugo, in the middle of Niort city centre. This is where the first Halles were built to the 13s and restored in 14s century. To imagine the size of the latter, one only has to follow the black paving stones on the ground. They suggest the location of the wooden posts of the time. The size of these posts was in keeping with the importance of the town at the time. These first Halles were deconstructed during the French revolution in 1793.

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The second Halles de Niort, rue Brisson

The city was without a Halles for 9 years. It is in In 1802, the new Halles were built in rue Brisson, on the same spot as the present Halles. However, the latter were in operation for only a short time, around sixty years. They will be demolished because, among other reasons, the premises are unfit for human habitation.

Les Halles de Niort today

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The Halles de Niort as we know them today were built between 1867 and 1871. Engineer Simon Durand drew his inspiration from the Baltard-style pavilions that lined "the belly of Paris".

The architect Victor Baltard designed the Halles centrales in Paris. Made of cast iron, glass and steel, they were quite rare and innovative at the time, given the use of these materials. modern materials. Everything has been thought out in the creation of these. Humidity conditions have also been at the heart of our thinking. because of its proximity to the Sèvre Niortaise. It is for this reason that that they were built on 12-metre stilts. The Halles consists of 3 distinct parts:

Les Halles en Pierre

In the past, they were home to the trade in wheat and flour. Today it is occupied by shops.

The Metal Halls

They were home to fish, meat, fruit and vegetable stalls, just like today!

Sidewalks

This part has been built much later, around 1929.

Did you know that?

Regarding the Halles decorationsthe characters that frame the clock, on the façade are : Mercury, god of commerce, and Ceres, goddess of agriculture.

On the market, temple of gastronomy

Philippe Wall

Competition for the most beautiful market in France on TF1

In 2022, the Halles market in Niort came 6th in the competition.

Welcome to this gastronomic paradise, a place where the senses are awakened!

The market for Halles de Niort is a vs gastronomic treasure trove. As soon as you enter this historic site, a symphony of scents, colours and sounds unfolds before your astonished eyes. The stalls are overflowing with fresh and authentic products, revealing the passion of local producers.

Listen to Alexandra tell you about them, his favourite meeting place "to be consumed without moderation":

Opening days and times of the Halles de Niort market :

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
Closed5am to 1.30pm6am to 1.30pm5am to 1.30pm6am to 1.30pm4am to 1.30pm7am to 1pm
ClosedXXBig market day*.XBig market day*.Big market day*.

→ The Halles market takes place every day of the week (except Monday). Visit 60 traders inside Les Halles.

→ *The main market days are Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Visit in addition to the 60 traders inside Les Halles, between 50 and 60 traders outside, on the square in front of Les Halles and on the Place du Donjon.

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