The Markets of Paris
Farm to Table Shopping
your next visit to Paris, you will want, of course,
to visit the Musée du Louvre, Musée
d'Orsay, Tour Eiffel and Champs-Élysées.
But there is also a live and free show that you
should not miss: The markets of Paris. You will
find them in each of the 20 arrondissements on certain
days of the week with a rotating formula from one
arrondissement to the other as well as in the suburbs.
Parisians of all walks of life love to shop and
browse among the open-air stalls as merchants cheerfully
trumpet — often with humor — the quality
of their goods. Rain or shine, the markets start
early in the morning and close around 1:30 p.m.
Fish from the nearby Atlantic, Mediterranean and sometimes from tropical seas
|Baskets of health: artichokes, apples, tangerines all you need for a healthy diet
street markets of Paris display an abundance of
all kinds of food, everything from cheese to vegetables,
olives to bread, fish and meat to fruit — you
name it. The goods are not only from all over France,
but also from all over the world, like haricots
verts from Kenya or lychees from Vietnam. A number
of producers drive all night to bring their products
to the stalls on the streets of Paris: oysters from
Ile de Ré or Noirmoutier, charcuteries from
Auvergne, goat cheese from the Loire Valley. Even
if you are not buying anything, the vendors will
be happy to see you and you will enjoy a real feast
for the eyes and ears, and for a moment a precious
feeling of warmth and humanity.
Veggie bounty at Rue Montorgeuil
example, the Sunday morning Marché
Mouffetard with its crowded cafés
and bars creates a distinct, old-world community
feeling, especially when regulars break out in cheerful
song. Energetic and exotic, the vast Marché
d’Aligre in the 12th arrondissement
is open every morning except Monday and promises
for an unforgettable experience with loudly calling
merchants, organ grinders, aromatic herbs and a
beautifully preserved covered market selling superior
products. Have a glass of white wine and a plate
of oysters at the popular Baron Rouge wine bar,
a neighborhood “institution”.
|The baguettes and pain de campagne of the day
centrally located is the ultra-charming market at
Rue Montorgeuil in the 2nd arrondissment
where friendly merchants display goods on a pristinely
paved pedestrian street. Stop at the Patisserie
Stohrer at number 51 to witness a truly lovely pastry
shop à l’ancienne that even
the Queen of England couldn’t resist on her
last visit to the French capital. Less
boisterous is the proper Marché Raspail,
located between rue Cherche Midi and rue de Rennes
which offers a traditional market on Tuesday and
Friday mornings and organic products on Sunday morning.
Although you can buy breads and pastries at the
market, make a special stop at the famous storefront
at nearby 8, rue Cherche Midi, for superb breads
and rustic pastries.
at a Glance
Charming market with friendly merchants.
Typical Parisian experience.
Rue Cherche Midi/Rue de Rennes
Great for organic products.
Exotic world market with great prices.
de Saint Mandé
Markets of Paris
Whether you're an aspiring chef, an art enthusiast or simply someone who loves to sightsee, the Parisian markets—with their high-energy ambiance and quality wares—are not to be missed. However, with locations across the city, it can be hard to keep track of them all. Luckily this guide makes it easy, providing directions to and details on the best open-air and covered food markets, along with arts and craft markets and shopping centers. Available on Amazon.
The above pictures (except for Rue Montorgeuil and the book cover)
were shot on a Sunday morning at the Marché
de Saint Mandé.
(Updated: 06/22/12 KK)