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Shopping locally

Hallines bakery

Sadly our wonderful local bakery, a mere 400 metres from our gates, has closed. We now recommend La Miche D’Or in nearby Wizernes (see below).

Saint Omer

The centre of Saint Omer is a really fun place to wander. It has a mix of restaurants and cafés, but also interesting shops on the Rue de Dunkerque. It is at its best on Saturday morning when the largest local market of the region assembles in the Place du Marechal Foch.

Saint-Omer market
Saint-Omer market
Saint-Omer market
Saint-Omer market
Saint-Omer market
Saint-Omer market

Centre Commercial Auchan

Ten minutes from the house, between Saint Omer and Arques (off Avenue des Frais Fonds), there is a shopping mall and commercial area that contains the largest supermarket you will ever have been in – Auchan – as well as every other French shop you have ever heard of, including a Decathlon selling sports equipment.

Auchan, Saint-Omer
Auchan, Saint-Omer
Auchan, Saint-Omer

Le Chais wine shop

This is a proper wine shop – although it should be said that it does not discriminate against other types of alcohol and there are masses of beers and spirits too. You can find everything you need here – in the sort of cave that was the inspiration for Majestic in the UK. They have a website and are happy to deliver to the chateau if you order a few cases.

Le Chais wine shop, Longuenesse
Le Chais wine shop, Longuenesse
Pascal, manager of Le Chais wine shop, Longuenesse

Wizernes

Wizernes has a highly recommended butcher, and a patisserie that makes glorious cakes. Hallines and neighbouring Wizernes are quiet villages, but on Sunday morning there is a strong turnout for the market in Wizernes. Local produce – and a chance to see the locals!

Market stall at Wizernes
Butcher at Wizernes market
Wizernes

Calais

If you take the Eurotunnel to France, the first junction you come to as you leave the train is for Cité Europe. This is an enormous shopping centre that has attracted so many outlets to its malls that the centre of Calais has been left looking a little bereft. But Cité Europe has everything, including a Carrefour supermarket. Worth a visit if you need to stock up before you get to the house – as you will be passing – but otherwise most things are available closer to the chateau.

Cite Europe shopping mall, Calais
Cite Europe shopping mall, Calais
Cite Europe shopping mall, Calais

BUTCHER, YES.   BAKER, YES.   BUT NO CANDLESTICK MAKER. SORRY!

PLEASE FORGIVE US!