Conviviality and local colour in the markets of Paris
Published on 1 September 2019, dans Visit Paris
Paris has dozens of street markets. These places of conviviality are appreciated by Parisians and offer local colour and a glimpse into Parisian life for visitors. Here is our selection of the capital’s vibrant and charming markets. You really should check out at least one during your stay at the Hotel Royal Cardinal. Their attractions vary but all are of interest and provide a Parisian experience with a difference.
The most iconic Parisian markets
The Marché d’Aligre
Located on a pretty square in the 12th arrondissement, in the heart of the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, this is one of those markets that is a delight for the eyes first and foremost. It includes a covered market in a building with a frame shaped like the hull of boat. This one is entirely dedicated to food, while the market situated on the square has stalls selling fruits and vegetables but also second-hand goods. The symbol of the market is the last grain factory of Paris, founded in 1895. It’s a unique place full of charm where you can find foodstuffs seemingly unavailable elsewhere.
The Marché des Enfants Rouges
The oldest food market in the capital dates from 1615 and is located in the Upper Marais, on the Rue de Bretagne. Twenty traders and caterers offer food and cuisine from around the world. You can enjoy specialties such as a pastilla or a Creole boudin amidst tourists of various nationalities and in a friendly atmosphere. Enjoy a Sunday brunch at L'Estaminet restaurant, in the heart of the market. The Burger Fermier, the Japanese Taeko Bento stall and the Traiteur Marocain and its fragrant dishes are also very well regarded.
The most popular Parisian markets
The Marché de Belleville
This cosmopolitan market in the 11th arrondissement has a unique atmosphere and is hugely popular due in part to its reputation of being one of the cheapest in Paris. It offers top quality produce and even clothes. Offering a great insight into the area’s vibrant community, the Marché de Belleville has a multicultural and friendly ambiance that will make you feel welcome!
The Marché de Barbès
Situated on the Boulevard de la Chapelle, under the aerial Metro, the Marché de Barbès is the cheapest market in Paris. The vibrant surroundings, an intoxicating atmosphere and low-cost shopping appeal to the aficionados of this legendary market.
Other charming Parisian markets
The Marché Saxe-Breteuil
Discover this beautiful market that takes place along the tree-lined Avenue de Saxe and admire the great view it affords of the Eiffel Tower. The atmosphere is pleasant in this quiet and not particularly commercial neighbourhood. You’ll find excellent fresh produce, traditional or artisanal products and meals on the go offered by nearly 80 merchants.
The Marché des Batignolles
Those who are passionate about the environment head to the organic market of the Rue des Batignolles in the 17th arrondissement to buy fine quality fruits and vegetables at reasonable prices. Another noteworthy Parisian market is the Marché Edgar Quinet near the Montparnasse Tower, where the freshness of the produce and the friendliness of the merchants are a winning combination.
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