Snuggled up against the hillside, Sarlat is a well-preserved medieval village with narrow cobbled streets, courtyards, turreted buildings and ivy covered walls. Sarlat is most busy on Wednesdays and Saturdays, its market days. Place de la Liberte, rue Victor Hugo and rue de la Republique fill with vendors and their colored tents. Nearby villagers and tourists fill the town, scuttling from one vendor to another sampling and buying the local products. Since this is the Dordogne (aka "land of the duck"), you can be sure to find plenty of duck at the butchers and many foie gras vendors. Other local specialties like goose, cheese, walnuts, cherries and truffles (when in season) are also in abundance, along with the normal delicacies you can find at a French outdoor food market.
Cheeses from the Auvergne
Local Cherries and Artichokes
After the morning market, the town of Sarlat is a good place to wander through the many narrow alleys and picturesque buildings, ivy colored walls, and pastel-colored shutters. After your wanderings return to the Place de la Liberte for an apertif and maybe some dinner.
An aperitif in front of Hotel de Ville at night
Outdoor Market Days: Wednesdays and Saturdays - 8:30am - 1:00pm
Covered Market Days: Daily inside the former Eglise Sainte Marie - 8:30am - 2:00pm
Organic Night Market: Thursday nights 6:00-10:00pm in Place 14 Juillet from June 17 to September 16
Truffle and Foie Gras Market Days: In December, January, February Saturdays from 9:00am - Noon
Truffle Festival: Third weekend in January
Goose Festival (Fest' Oie): Third Sunday in February
Local Produce Celebration (Journees du Terroir): May 13 and 14
Christmas Market: Last three weeks in December