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Paris’s best Street Food markets

– the permanent or weekly, covered or street – are fantastic resources and often very beautiful and atmospheric.

Marché Mouffetard: One of the loveliest street markets in Paris (Quartier Latin)

This ‘wonderful, narrow crowded market street’, as Hemingway described it in ‘A Moveable Feast’, still sports bright and bustling stalls of fruit and veg in its cobbled lower stretches (its upper extremities largely harbour student bars and touristy shops), its atmospheric buildings making it one of the city’s loveliest street markets. Many grocers – also hawking charcuterie, patés, seafood, cheeses and sticky patisseries – only select organic and fair-trade goods. On Wednesday, Friday and Sunday mornings, Mouffetard’s stalls run into the Marché Monge (on place Monge), renowned for yet more excellent food, especially fresh bread.

 

Venue name: Marché Mouffetard
Address: Rue Mouffetard, 5e – Paris
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8am-1pm
Transport: Metro: Place Monge ou Censier – Daubenton

Marché Bastille: There’s more produce here than in most hypermarkets.

One of the biggest markets in Paris, the Marché Bastille’s food stalls sprawl up the Boulevard Richard Lenoir twice a week, with more produce than most hypermarkets – it’s a particularly great source of local cheeses, free range chicken and excellent fish. The atmospheric and beautiful piles of fruit, veg, saucisses, olives and so on are interspersed with stalls offering African batiks, cheap jewellery and bags, but that doesn’t detract from the overall sense of bountiful goodness. Keep an eye on the prices, as not everything is a bargain – some of this is seriously classy stuff, making the market a favourite with bourgeois foodies.

On Saturdays, the food vendors give way to arts and crafts (Le Marché de la Création Bastille, technically a different market all together), where you can pick up cheap and cheerful paintings and other hand-made bits and pieces – you might even find something rather good.

Venue name:
Marché Bastille
Contact:
 Visit Website 
Address:
Boulevard Richard Lenoir, 11th - Paris
Opening hours:
Thu 8am-2pm; Sat 8am-2pm 
(arts & crafts); Sun 7am-3pm

Almost every neighbourhood and arrondissement has its own market;

The permanent or weekly, covered or street,  often very beautiful & atmospheric.

For food and drink, markets like Bastille and Saxe-Breteuil are a great opportunity to meet producers and sample new flavours, if not always the cheapest or most efficient way of getting your weekly shopping done.

 

Marché des Enfants Rouges: Shopping, Markets and fairs –  Le Marais

This historical market takes its name from the 16th-century orphanage that used to occupy the site; the red of the children’s clothes indicated that they had been donated by Christian charities. Although the orphanage closed before the revolution, the imposing wooden edifice remained, and was reopened as a deluxe food market in 2000 after extensive campaigning from locals. Now something of a touristic hotspot, the market is equipped to fill the emptiest of stomachs (while emptying the fullest of wallets) with its impressive range of Italian, Lebanese, African, Japanese and other stalls. If a snappy takeaway meal doesn’t satisfy you, there are plenty of artisanal and organic food stalls to fill a few hours of shopping time. One of the more atmospheric of Paris’s food markets.

 

Venue name: Marché des Enfants Rouges
Address: 39 rue de Bretagne , Paris   –  75003
Opening hours:

Tue-Thu 8.30am-1pm, 4pm-8.30pm;

Fri-Sat 8.30am-1pm, 4pm-8.30pm; Sun 8.30am-5pm

Transport: Metro: Filles du Calvaire ou Saint-Sébastien Froissart

 

Raspail organic market: Shopping, Markets and fairs Rennes-Sèvres

Organic food markets may not exactly be Paris’s strength, but the one in Raspail is the grandest and most beautiful of a measly bunch. Although it shares many stalls with its rival market in Batignolles – the outstanding Italian mozzarella stand, for example – Raspail puts on a livelier show, drawing crowds of chic Left Bank residents every Sunday (we even spotted Jane Birkin and her daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg in the area). This means that it can get frustratingly congested, and the queues that form around the wildly popular English baker’s will deter all but the most ardent scone lovers. The market’s fame has also driven up prices, effectively limiting the average wallet to a quick breakfast or takeaway snack. If your heart’s set on a shopping, though, the handful of specialist grocers should be your first port of call.

 

Venue name: Raspail organic market
Contact:
Address: Boulevard Raspail , 6e  –  Paris
Opening hours: Sun 8am-2pm
Transport: Métro : Rennes, Sèvres – Babylone ou Saint-Placide

Food MARKETS – Made in Paris

Marché d’Aligre: Shopping, Vintage shops –  12e arrondissement

One of the oldest in Paris, the market survived the turbulent events of 1789 and 1871, and continues to ply its second-hand clothes, bric-a-brac and cheap food as if the city around it hadn’t changed one bit. Your experience of the market depends largely on where you go: the top of the street is where to head for seasonal fruit and veg (€1-3/kg), whereas a detour through the covered Beauveau market will take you through the pricier fishmongers’ and butchers’ stalls. Don’t miss the motley collection of books, African masks and other trinkets that line the artisanal stands in the main yard.

 

Venue name: Marché d’Aligre
Contact:
Address: Place d’Aligre , 12e  – Paris
Opening hours:

Bric-a-brac and outdoor stallholders: Tue-Sun 9am-12.30am.

Beauveau covered market: Tue-Sun 9am-1pm, 4pm-7.30pm

(Sat from 3.30pm; Sun morning only)

Transport: Métro : Ledru-Rollin

 

Are you up for the “markets experience” ?

Marché Saint-Martin: Shopping, Markets and fairs –  Strasbourg-Saint-Denis

This covered market is small, modern and well thought out, and in places rather eccentric. Each stallholder enforces a high level of quality control to bring you the very best products, whether cheese, meats, flowers or spices. Explore a bit and you’ll begin to uncover the interesting bits, such as former Top Chef finalist Brice Morvent’s Au Comptoir de Brice: a high-concept stall that serves homemade ‘junk food’. Our favourite is the German grocery Der Tante Emma-Laden, whose vast range of beers, smoked hams and chocolates is worth the trip in itself. Come with a full wallet, and be prepared to get distracted at every corner.

 

Venue name: Marché Saint-Martin
Contact:
Address: 31/33 rue du Château d’Eau , 10e  – Paris
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 9am-8pm ; Sun 9am-2pm
Transport: Métro : Jacques Bonsergent ou Château d’Eau

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