The best appetizer is a wander through the Saturday morning market in Place Carnot and in the covered market hall, les Halles, down below the Citadel in the Bastide.
The succulent lamb, beef, chickens and duck (magrets, confits, and foie gras), and a huge selection of cheeses come from nearby farms. Charcutières sell their own mouthwatering terrines, patés and sausages. France’s finest oysters and mussels come from the nearby Bassin de Thau.
The surrounding hills yield olive oils, honeys, wild herbs, and green Lucques, the best table olives in the world. Picked early that morning by smallholders, fruit and vegetables glisten with dew. In autumn and winter, truffles from nearby Villeneuve Minervois and wild mushrooms create a heady, irresistible perfum
There is also a morning market on Tuesdays and Thursdays