As you would expect there are plentiful sources of wonderful food and local produce
- Panier des 7 Vallées (Hesdin outskirts - see map)
Delicatessen selling a selection of local specialities. Just behind Champion supermarket.
- Charcuterie Artisinale - Place d'Armes (Hesdin)
On the main square, beside the Credit Agricole bank. A wonderful place to pick up delicious traiteur (home-made ready-made meals and starters to take away – coquilles St Jacques, lasagne, quiche etc). Paté and pure pork sausages are also a house speciality. Amazing quality. Just shop here and never cook again!
- Vegetable shop (Hesdin)
On the pedestrian street off the main square. You can pick up almost everything that’s in season at this amazing little shop.
- Carrefour supermarket (Hesdin outskirts - see map)
A good place for a one-stop shop. The butcher and fish counter are also excellent. Their wine selection is extensive.
- Boulangerie (Hesdin)
On the corner of the main square. A good quality bakery who are open (miraculously) over lunchtime when most shops shut up for a couple of hours. They also open on Sundays until about 1pm. Very nice tarts as well.
- Boulangerie Grand Pere (Sains les Fressins)
The best bread (we think) that emerges first thing each morning from the wood-fired bread oven. Be there by 10am or else they will be sold out of baguettes and closed!
- La Cave Normande (Fruges)
Sells specialist products from Normandy: honey, lavender oil, paté, ciders and spirits (especially calvados). Also makes up gift hampers containing selections of these products.
- Poissonerie (Etaples)
The shop attached to the restaurant run by the local fisherman’s cooperative. Fish is also sold from charming stalls that line the banks of the river, and in the fish hall below the restaurant. A mind-boggling array of choice, beautifully prepared.
- Cheese Shop (Montreuil)
On the far corner of the lower market square. Wonderful walls of chese!
- Chocolat du Beussent (Montreuil)
On the smaller market square. These chocolates are dangerously delicious and highly addictive.
- Chocolate factory (Beussent)
Visit the factory and see how the chocolates are made.
The local food markets are a delightful way to shop. Fresh, organic fruit, vegetables and meat can be found at reasonable prices. There are also a variety of local sellers who bring specialist products (artisan cheeses, olives, home-made quiches, delicious jams and preserves – and more) to the market.
Le Touquet *
* Big markets
In the summer (approximately April – September) it is also worth looking out for brocantes, which take place in most local villages. These events are a hybrid of a flea market and a car-boot sale – people come and sell second hand goods from trestle tables and there is usually a thrillingly random selection of stuff to be picked up. Past treasures seen or acquired include antique furniture, a 1950’s espresso machine, a lemon tree, a retro typewriter and a hook-a-duck fairground game. All this appears amongst piles of clothes, books, records, coffee cups and roller skates. There are definitely bargains to be had, but an appetite for sifting is essential! The dates of forthcoming brocantes are usually advertised on signs at the side of the road or on leaflets that end up on your car windscreen.
- Horse Riding