Officially opened with great pomp in 1885, the Grand Marché in Fort-de-France, or simply the Marché aux Epices (Spice Market), is the largest market on the island. Beneath its vast metal and glass canopy, you’ll be welcomed by an explosion of colors and scents: fruit and vegetables from farms around the island, plus an array of sacks and a variety of recipients teeming with the flavours of Martinique: vanilla, spices of every description, peppers, “bois bandé”, “rhum arrangé”, energizing concoctions etc.  

We found local arts and crafts as well as restaurants open at lunchtime serving typical Creole dishes like grilled fish, accras (fritters), lambis (large sea snails), crayfish, octopus, and chicken colombo.  Don’t leave without buying a bakoua, a traditional Martinique hat that will protect you from the sun’s strong rays. I still have mine!


Fresh Snapper


Fort de France