Cours Lafayette
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zen4cat
France1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Cours Lafayette is a long street in the heart of Toulon. Its main attraction is the daily street market. The Toulonnais go there to buy their fruit and vegetables, meats, fish, but also curtains, linen... The prices are extremely competitive. The Cours Lafayette is colorful and very lively. I love it!
Written May 6, 2009
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nouglytourist
Paris, France293 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Solo
The Cours Lafayette is Toulon's main outdoor market. You can buy food, housewares, clothing and flowers there. Shopped there just this morning and wished that I had remembered to bring my camera as it would've been nice to take pictures of the lovely food and ware for sale.

Prices are very reasonable and the quality of the fruits and vegetables are tremendous. You can buy a sun dress and flats for €5 each.

If you need a break from shopping, sit down at one of the many outdoor cafes located along the street, which runs from the middle of downtown Toulon to the port. Really one of Toulon's treasures.
Written April 29, 2012
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dpjess
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stopped in this port for the day and planned on taking the telepherique to Mont Faron but it was closed.

Instead we explored this large open air market. If only we were not on a cruise, I would buy my fresh vegetables and meat here everyday.

Further into the market they sold clothing, housewares, crafts, even large rugs. Great place to buy unique and artistic souvenirs.

Was recommended by the crew to pick up some pastries here and it was delicious. A good relaxing visit for a short day at port.
Written May 18, 2015
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Marco
Quebec City, Canada1,936 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Family
Our cruise stopped in Toulon on April 29, which was a Sunday.

When we got out of the ship it was early so we decided to visit Cours Lafayette later in the day.

So we bought a combo "unlimited bus/telepherique" ticket (6€) and headed for the telepherique.

But when we got back around 13h30 in the afternoon all the vendors were picking up their stuff!

I don't know if it is like this every Sunday or if there was a special holiday but there was nothing left to visit at Cours Lafayette.

But from what we could see it did not look so interesting. It just looked like any other outdoor market. The streets were a little disgusting with bad fruits and vegetables left everywhere and a fish smell that was not so inviting.

There is not much to do in Toulon, so it might be an option if you have a lot of time, but if your time is limited I suggest you take the telepherique to Mont-Faron instead.
Written May 24, 2012
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Mindy F
South Orange, NJ427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2011 • Family
Toulon was a stop on a cruise, and it didn't seem to have much. While walking around, we found this market, and it was one of the most memorable places I have ever seen. The rows and rows of fresh fruits and vegetables, breads, cheeses, meats, clothing, pottery, etc. was just so beautiful, and it was incredible to see such fresh produce and pretty housewares. It was incredible to walk around this market, and I hope to find other markets just like this one when I visit other places. Definitely make this a stop! It's just great!
Written May 5, 2012
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2marcopolos
Fairfield, CA559 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Couples
This is a must visit and be sure to go before 12:30 when it closes. We wandered up and down the aisles of the market taking in the sites and colors of this wonderful farmers market. The variety of produce and foods (fish, cheeses, olives, herbs, etc.) tantilizes the senses and makes you wish that you could shop here. The shops that line the market are also wonderful places to stop in. We loved watching the exchange between the locals their favorite merchants. Wonderful opportunity to buy some local artisan sourvenirs. This was the highlight of our visit to Toulon.

I bought some herb de provance and wonderful a herb mill that was made by a local artisan.

If you're on a cruise ship, don't buy the ship's water shuttle. A short 10-15 stroll along the water front (watch the local fishing) will bring you to the local water taxi (about 4 Euros PP) that will drop you right next to the ship's water taxi. Exit the water taxi, turn right walk along the water front about a block and you'll see the farmer's market directly across from the waterfront.
Written December 11, 2015
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rsankoff
stouffville29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
If you are on a cruise ship that arrives in port during the morning...from about 7 to noon, skip breakfast. Get off as soon as you can and make a bee line for the market. Get a nice freshly baked baguette at a bakers, and a hunk of cheese at one of the cheese shops and perhaps some sausage or deli meat. Buy a cup of coffee, tea, or milk. Sit at one of the open air tables and watch the people and enjoy. Then you can wander around for a couple of hours munching on what's left of your baguette, or buy another. At lunch repeat. Get a different cheese, sausage, and a baguette, sit at a different cafe, get a coffee, beer, soft drink or whatever and watch the people. Share some great French pastry...get more than one and have the patisserie server cut them in half. You could also add some fresh fruit (wash them!!!). Take a baguette back to the ship and have it with dinner (the waiter won't mind). It'll be stale nest morning...but still fresher than the ship's breads.
Written August 21, 2015
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Monika L
Pioneertown, CA139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
This is the largest farmers market we have seen in our life. It must have been at least 10 blocks long. Anything you want is available. I thought the San Luis Obispo market in California was large, but the one in Toulon outranks the one in California by a long shot. Plus the meat and seafood stores on the sides are amazing. Only in New York City can you find all these goodies. And the restaurant by the waterfront was superb, especially when you see the Princess Cruise crew eat there you know it has to be good. The whole town of Toulon is really a nice, clean little town. I would love to live there.
Written September 30, 2014
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onvacation247Cancun
Cancun, Mexico91 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Toulon was the most boring port I have ever been to (twice). There were three taxis available to take people away and all were pre booked - and no one on the world wide web can tell HOW .
If on a cruise DO book an excursion - or you will suffer a very dull day getting across the port TO Toulon and then see the most mediocre mall , market and shopping I have ever seen
Written May 14, 2012
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,829 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
Cours Lafayette is a street with many uses for cruise tourists. The market stalls begin almost at the start of this pedestrianized street which is perpendicular to the harbor and near the cruise terminal exit. These sellers place their tables along both sides of the street in front of the shops. Even on a Monday, we saw some stalls still selling cut watermelon, fresh vegetables, and potted/cut flowers, although most had cleared out when we walked by around 1pm. At these Farmers' Markets, I find it interesting to compare the prices for fruits and vegetables for those I would buy at home to see how the prices differ. Also on this street, a Tourist Information office was open early to distribute maps and answer tourist's questions about attractions. They pointed out that the bus stop for the Mont Faron cable car ride was just opposite the Eglise Saint François de Paule which was just across the street from the Tourist Office. This smaller local church was also open for a visit. There were umbrellaed patio cafes sprawled onto the street which itself was shaded with tall trees. The shops, including bakeries, looked like shops meeting the needs of locals who shopped here. We strolled along shady Cours Layfayette to reach the Cathedral le Seds and Port d'Italia which weren't far away - about a 5 minutes walk to the Cathedral from the cruise terminal exit. Cours Layfayette had several photo opportunities for a nice memory of Toulon.
Written October 11, 2016
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