main square and gathering spot is a hub of activity for locals and tourists who come to check out the large Provencal market that brings in vendors form the surrounding countryside to hawk produce, clothing, flowers, soap, oil and other local specialties specialties each Tuesday and Saturday.
During the height of summer, it is elbow to elbow and difficult to move around on market days. Arrive early (between 7 and 8 am) if you want a chance to actually see and squeeze the tomatoes.
On other days the square is remarkably quiet, save for the sound of clinking boules made by the locals who come out to play pétanque, a Provencal version of bocce ball, under the shade of the leafy plane trees.
The surrounding cafés are jammed and make good spots for a glass of rosé, coffee sipping and people watching.
Saint-Tropez’s major shopping streets also empty onto the square.