Cheese, chocolate, wine. 3 food that can create Christmas atmosphere even in August. Every year in December, the elegance of Piazza Minghetti hosts a French Market. Nothing like Mercato delle Erbe, Quadrilatero or Mercato Albinelli. But still a good places for foodies looking for presents.
Brie de Meaux Cheese
How it is
Bologna's French market is an outdoor seasonal fair similar to northern Christmas markets. It's quite different than traditional
It's open since 10a.m. and if you're tired of cappuccino and brioches you can have breakfast there with pain au chocolate, baguettes and butter cookies.
It's also perfect for a short luxury aperitivo with oysters and champagne or for simple street food. You can find French specialties like Rougail, with smoked sausages, onions, ginger, peppers and Provence's herbs, or Bourguignon, with beef, red wine, bacon and a mix of spices.
Moutarde de Dijon
What to buy
The cheese: Brie de Meaux, goat Crottins, Camembert or the orange Mimolette are perfect cheeses for people who love strong flavours. I still have to find a cheese I don't love so I'm kind of out of the game, but the quality there is very high.
If for chocolate I usually prefer to stay in Italy, like with Modica chocolate, or why not in Bologna with Cremino FIAT by Majani, french pâtées (like the very famous fois gras) and Dijon mustards are products difficult to find any comparisons here in Italy.
French Chocolate Mignons
Different types of onions and shallots
Does it worth a visit?
Let's be honest. French cuisine and this market are far away from Bologna Christmas food traditions and you will also find there bijoux, scarves and other things which have nothing to do with France.
That said, I'm really happy to find something different and from a different culture in this period.
My proposal for next year? Turkish Market! I'm joking (if you know me, you know I'm not) but anyway long life to this new tradition.
Oysters, Prawns and Champagne if you'd like to have an aperitivo "deluxe"
Mercatino Francese - French Market
Where: Piazza Minghetti
When: Every day in December until 21th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.