In terms of food and groceries etc, you can find everything you want in Acqui Terme, either in the covered market in Piazza Orto San Pedro (open daily) or in the large supermarket “Bennet” on the road out of Acqui Terme towards Savona.
There is a general market twice a week (Tuesday and Friday mornings) throughout the streets in the historic centre, which includes an excellent food market in the square near the covered market.
There is an antique street market every 4th Sunday of the month in Acqui Terme in the Corso Bagni from 09.00 to 19.00.
Antique markets also take place in nearby towns: on the first Sunday of each month in the streets of the historic centre of Alessandria, and the second Saturday and Sunday of each month in Casale Monferrato, and the third Sunday of each month in Nizza Monferrato.
We like to combine our visit to the markets with a stop-over for lunch. In Alessandria there’s an excellent Slow Food restaurant: “Cappelverde” at 26, Via San Pio V.
In Nizza, there’s “Le Due Lanterne” - in the same square as the antiques market; and a cheap and cheerful trattoria much frequented by the locals called “El Pasatemp”, a bit tricky to find just off the Piazza Principe Umberto 1.
The market in Casale Monferrato is a big one and we think it’s the best, and worth the hour’s drive to get there, especially if you take in lunch at the Ristorante Pizzeria Santa Lucia at 25 Via Andrea Trevisi, a street that leads off the big square (where you park for the Antique Fair) between the Albergo Milano and the large church. Great value.