Les Saintes-Maries by So Girly Blog

Shopping in the footsteps of bloggers

A seaside town, Saintes Maries de la Mer is the capital of the Camargue.
A place of pilgrimage for the Gitane community, who come here on the 24th of May every year to pay their respects to Saint Sara the black. In the traditional streets, various boutiques sell locally made objects and charm stones, which make Saintes Maries de la Mer a mystical town.

A fleur de sel

43 avenue Frédéric Mistral 13460 Saintes Maries de la Mer

Locavore and refined, discover the specialities of the Camargue with Alexandra Middione’s gourmet cuisine.
For around ten years, Alexandra Middione’s restaurant offers creative fare from both land and sea, embellished with floral notes. There are a limited number of a la carte dishes offering home-made seasonal delights. Come and try this reasonably priced, tasty food in a chic and cosy atmosphere.

Atelier B.Brothers

32 rue des Pénitents Blancs 13460 Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

A short walk from the place de l’Eglise, discover the wares of the Bernard brothers!
Laurent and Luc Bernard make leather goods and sell a large collection of belt buckles, bags and unique pieces all made in pure Camargue tradition. Made on the premises, this is an opportunity to discover a local craft in all its splendour!

Maison de Bohème

13 place de l’Eglise 13460 Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

A boutique especially for the girls, full of pretty things all found in a cosy atmosphere!
At the Maison de Bohème, you will find multi-coloured statues of the Virgin Mary, boho cushions, objects printed with flamingos and a whole load of other knick-knacks to give your home a girly feel! It’s difficult to leave the shop empty-handed!

Cookies

35 rue Victor Hugo 13460 Saintes Maries de la Mer

Find china, clothes and other souvenirs in this local craft shop.
A few hundred meters from the Avenue Frédéric Mistral, Cookies is a boutique where you can buy a leather jacket, china or even ashtrays decorated with the towns symbols all made by local craftsmen. You will be sure to find that holiday souvenir here!

Mas des Jeux

33 rue Victor Hugo 13460 Saintes Maries de la Mer

This is a shop for foodies, ideal for discovering the flavours of the Camargue!
Next door to Cookies is a boutique selling Camargue specialities. Here you can buy loose salt in a variety of flavours (lavender, spices, parmesan cheese, etc.) but you will also find wine and even olive oil from the region. Why not pop a gourmet souvenir in your bag to take home?

Arènes

4 avenue Léon Gambetta 13460 Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

Situated right next to the sea, the Les Saintes Maries arena attracts thousands of visitors each year.
Bull fighting and equestrian shows are regularly held here in the arena. Despite the fact that no shade can be found, crowds rush to discover the Camargue traditions and enjoy the uninterrupted view over the sea.

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