On the banks of the Garonne near Place des Quinconces, the Quai des Chartrons Market is one of Bordeaux' key business and touristic centres, which among other things features brand-name outlets that while not exactly cheap are still less pricey than regular retail. You might ideally aim to visit on a Sunday morning, when the plaza is full of street stands of vendors hawking produce, sausages, cheese, baked goods, and fresh seafood, along with street musicians and artists who'll sketch your likeness for several euros. It's a good idea to get here on the early side, before it gets too hot and crowded (plus that way you can partake of the charming local custom of breakfasting riverside on a plate of fresh oysters accompanied by a nice white wine).
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