The finest markets in any city will make you feel that you have been living there for a long time, not a visitor. The same goes the markets in Paris city. Ask a local or Paris tour guide, and they will likely tell you the same thing about the markets here. A visit to a Parisian market will be a good excuse for you to learn some French and just browse through the amazing things you will find there. It is all fair when in Paris.
A first-time visitor should explore the best things to see and try the best activities to do in the French capital, but after these, make time to visit some of the following markets.
This is a relatively less crowded market than almost every other one on the list, but you have many wonderful things to discover in it. Some of Paris’s freshest bread, cheeses, plus fruits and vegetables from French farms are available here. So make it a point to hit the spot with a sweet tooth and maybe even an empty stomach for food. It also has many roadside restaurants, and you should visit one of these for a sip of wine to celebrate a special occasion perhaps. It will open daily save Monday, and there are different timings for Sunday, so ask a native or Paris tour guide for the opening hours of the specific day you are planning to visit it.
This Parisian market is extremely small, a bit like a temporary food court, but it is among the finest places for authentic bites with friends. It is only held once in a while, not on all days like the majority of the Paris markets. It is a farmers’ market, meaning one where agriculturalists sell their fruits and vegetables to people without middlemen. Here, you will find some stalls offering diverse cuisines with influences from the world over, which range from Moroccan seafood to Creole-flavored gumbo.
Le Marché Biologique des Batignolles
It takes some amount of planning to be in this Paris market because it is open just on Sundays. It can be pretty crowded, but Paris has no better place to visit for the newest organic produce than this. If you are a food lover, you will not complain anyhow. After all, this is Paris, the city to try out some fine food items.
If you are wondering what ‘Marche’ means, think no further – it is the French word for market. This is among the largest markets in the nation’s capital, with the ‘Colonne de Juillet’ monument serving as the background. Another interesting thing about this market is that it bears the name of France’s national day, which is the celebratory Bastille Day.
This is equal to a farmer’s market, in which individuals gather to display their fresh produce, eggs, flowers, herbs, and more. Marché Bastille is among Paris’s biggest and finest markets, so you should set aside ample time to explore it at your convenience.
In the Dejean market, you will discover everything including fresh tilapia and manioc, plus harvested berries. It is among the best Parisian markets to explore for seafood. Often, seafood comes with a fishy-smell, particularly in the late afternoon. So you might want to avoid lingering about too long in this market, except if you enjoy Eau-de-fish’s smell for a few good hours left in the day.
Marché aux Fleurs
For those who are skilled at growing plants, this is among the city’s best markets to take a jolly day out. You will be amid a stunning selection of plants and flowers, and there are fun and rather quirky things to find for the squirrels and birds in your garden. This place is actually a restaurant that sort of doubles up as a farmer’s market, although it is not technically one.
Marché des Enfants Rouges
The oldest existing market in the country’s capital, Marche des Enfants Rouges is home to a wide range of flowers, textiles, food and more. This market is more than 400 years old. The name of it means ‘Market of the Red Children’. This nickname kind of makes sense, considering that it sits on the site of a former orphanage dating back to the sixteenth century.
The Monge is among the pricier food markets situated in the City of Lights, but you will have no shortage of entertainment here. In the market, you will get the chance to buy fish directly from the one who caught it; similarly, you can buy produce from the agriculturalist. So you can rest assured that you will find fresh, organic stuff here.
It is located in a gorgeous place, so make the effort to lay back and have a bite of local cheese coupled with wine all while soaking up the market views. Just try it – the experience of watching the world go by will itself be enriching in Paris. If you are a foreigner, it will catch you in a zen-like state.