Corsica: Shopping

A little slice of heaven (out of peak season)

Corsica’s shopping tends to focus mainly on food as this is a passion of the people on the island. Corsica has some great local delicacies and local produce so take advantage of the many food markets that happen daily around the island. Ajaccio, the capital, is worth visiting for its daily market on Place César-Caminchi. This is one of the largest fresh produce markets on the island and although not cheap, the quality is undeniably great. You can get fresh cut flowers, fruit and vegetables and delicacies such as fig jam, honey, wild boar sauces and ewe's milk cheeses. In the market in Bastia you will come across stalls that sell vegetables, fish, Corsican specialities and even clothes. There are also plenty of souvenir shops that are beginning to sell more crafts that use the traditional techniques of times gone by. If you want something traditionally Corsican then head to the handicraft shops or craftsmen's workshops where efforts to revive the ancient arts of knife-making, pottery, stoneware, basket-weaving and glass-blowing are becoming more and more popular. If you want high end fashion don’t get your hopes up as Corsicans live a simple life and fashion is high on the agenda. However, there are some small boutique shops in the main towns such as Ajaccio.