Gourmet getaway in the heart of Couserans: everything is good in Saint-Girons!

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Nestled at the foot of the Ariège Pyrenees , Saint-Girons is renowned for its warm welcome . Crossed by two torrents, the Salat and the Lez , the smiling city has everything to please. Its picturesque streets are surrounded by a beautiful hilly and green landscape , but what attracts crowds in the gastronomic capital of Couserans is the Saturday morning market . High in colors and flavors, this meeting of all the craftsmen who came down from the mountains to sell the best of regional products , is for many, eagerly awaited for its conviviality!

The Saint-Girons market, the most beautiful in the region!

Every Saturday morning , it is the same ritual in Saint-Girons . The city, which usually has “only” 6,500 inhabitants, becomes a giant, cheerful and colorful crowd. Here, we hear all languages spoken, in a very baba-cool atmosphere. The 120 or so passionate exhibitors found there offer mostly organic, natural local products, without pesticides or GMOs , such as Bethmale cheese , or products from regional crafts such as wool . Our favorite stand is undoubtedly that of Guillaume, from the Jardins d'Illas , offering a range of old varieties of vegetables , guaranteed without crossing, and cultivated with animal traction.

Saint-Girons

Do you like squash? Yes but which one?

Saint-Girons

Good cheese from the region

Saint-Girons

A little massage?


After the market, you will not miss the tradition of drinking a coffee on the terrace of Bouchon , the small bar in the square , listening to listen to the musicians who warm the atmosphere. And finally, take a look at the Bouquinerie des Arcades . Located in front of Le Bouchon, the shelves in this pretty old-style shop are full of second-hand books from floor to ceiling.


Saint-Girons

An inspired cellist at the Saint-Girons market

Saint-Girons

La Bouquinerie des Arcades

 

A little foam at La Brouche craft brewery?

In Ariège , micro-breweries are growing like mushrooms, to the delight of our taste buds. And Saint-Girons is not to be outdone on the subject! Since 2005, Pierre-Jean, Eric, Bastien, Marie-Hélène and Maxime have brewed 1,000 hectoliters of beer per year in their brewery in the city center . Their star? La Brouche , a light blonde with spring water and organic malt that has made their reputation in the region. Since then, the range has expanded, and Pierre-Jean's son has even created a range of handcrafted lemonades which completes it wonderfully.

La Brouche

La Brouche, craft brewery of Ariège-Pyrénées

Saint-Girons

You will know everything about brewing!

The brasserie can be visited free of charge from Wednesday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. On site, you can admire the gigantic copper vats containing the precious elixir, understand the manufacturing process , taste it , and even leave with a few bottles to brighten up your evenings.

La Brouche

The huge beer vats

La Brouche

It's not just the blonde in life!

Brasserie La brouche

You must taste!

Delight and tradition at the Croustades Boutique in Saint-Girons

Whether stuffed with plums, apples or pears , the croustade has been part of the couserannese heritage for more than four centuries. Flour , melted butter , egg yolks , sugar , and a hint of rum , this is the secret of this improved puff pastry that cracks in the mouth and contains a precious and tender fruit compote. A real little bomb in the mouth!

The Croustade

The croustade, gourmet pride of Couserans

This delicious dessert is also the subject of a small regional war which will make the best croustade . One thing is certain, the best crisp in Saint-Girons , you will taste it at the Boutique in Croustades , where since 1983, Martine Crespo operates according to tradition, with good products from the region.


 

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Article written by Léa Dürr for the Toulouse Pyrénées Guide


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