Markets are a wonderful French tradition that have faithfully withstood the take-over of huge supermarket chains- which is great news, as unlike your local ‘Carrefour’, they are full of character, colour and best of all, amazing local produce. Paris is host to many markets that come in all shapes, sizes, and specialise in all different types of produce, bric and brac, antiques.. you name it, they have it, so whatever you’re looking for, there is a market for you.
Here is a selection of INSIDR’s favourite Parisian markets;
Marche Aligre is a hub of bustling activity selling a vast range of affordable produce 6 days a week! The outdoor food stalls that fill Place d’Aligre are open from 9am-12:30pm, but come afternoon, the streets are swept and the market is cleared. But the market shopping fun doesn’t stop there as the covered market, right next door is open during the afternoon from 4- 7:30 pm. Whilst the prices in the indoor market are more expensive, you can find some delicious and unusual treats, including wild game, craft beer and even horse meat!
What to keep an eye out for at Marché d’Aligre
Café Aouba- one of the few local coffee roasters in Paris. Their coffee is darkly roasted with smoky undertones
Pezzali Flowers- a flower stand that will be hard to miss with its bright and vibrant selection of flowers
Pommier- located just inside the entrance to the covered market at Place d’Aligre, this beer shop sells a great selection of Belgian, German and French craft beer at very affordable prices.
Practical info for Marché Aligre
Open Tuesday—Friday: 9am- 1pm/ 4pm- 7:30 pm
Saturday: 9am- 1pm/ 3:30- 7:30 pm
Sunday: 9am- 1:30pm
Place d’Aligre – 75012
One of the largest food markets in Paris, the food stalls that make up this market sprawl up Boulevard Richard Lenoir every Thursday and Sunday displaying an impressive array of fresh fruit and vegetables, exotic spices, French local cheeses, butchers selling free range chicken and fresh fish and much more, making any weekly shopping trip to this market a joy rather than a bore.
What to keep an eye out for at Marché Bastille
Jackie Lorenzo’s fish mongers- one of the best fishmongers in Paris, always a buzz of activity
Edouard Mace – this wine seller specialises in amazing rare vintage wines
Practical info for Marché Bastille
Open Thursday: 7am- 2:30pm
Sunday: 7am- 3pm
Boulevard Richard Lenoir – 75011
Marché des enfants rouges
Literally translated as the market of the red children, this hidden maze of a market is named after a neighbouring hospice for orphans who wore a red uniform. Today, the market often goes unbeknown to passers-by, but to those who have scouted out this ancient gem (and dating way back to 1628, It is indeed ancient), it quickly becomes a favourite spot to stop and grab a bite to eat if you’re in the Marais area. The market is full of food stalls selling amazing fresh dishes from all around the world so you can peruse the busy stalls and decide whether you fancy a traditional bistro, Moroccan couscous, fish and chips, organic soup or fusion Japanese… all without leaving the market.
What to keep an eye out for at Marché des Enfants Rouges
Le Stand and incredible vegetarian delicatessen
Practical info for Marché des Enfants Rouges
Open Tuesday- Thursday: 8:30- 1pm/ 4- 7:30pm
Friday- Saturday: 8:30am- 1pm/ 4pm- 8pm
Sunday: 8:30am- 2pm
Rue de Bretagne – 75003
Marché des Batignolles
More than 50 traders come to sell their bio produce every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the marche des Batignolles. And it’s not just vibrant bio fruit and veg that fill the markets, bio cheeses, wines, jams and much more are invited to this bio party! Enjoy strolling through the vendors stalls to pick out some tasty bio treats for yourself.
Practical info for Marché des Batignolles
Open Thursday & Friday : 8 :30am- 1pm / 3 :30am- 8pm
Saturday: 8:30am- 8pm
90 bis rue Lemercier – 75017
Marché Boulevard Raspail
The marche Raspail is the biggest and most impressive bio market in Paris. Stretching from rue Cherche-Midi to rue de Rennes on the left bank, it brings a certain chic flare to the market shopping experience. Unsurprisingly, you aren’t going to bag yourself a bargain at this market, but you know what you buy will be of top quality.
What to keep an eye out for at Marché Raspail
The delicious freshly roasted chicken stalls
Practical info for Marché Raspail
Open Sunday: 9am- 3pm
Boulevard Raspail – 75006
Paris flea markets: Marche aux puces- St Ouen et Porte de Vanves
With more than 2500 stalls grouped together in 15 different market spaces, covering 7 hectares, you can easily spend a whole day exploring this unique market. If you want to experience the market in its entirety, you will experience its changing and evolving nature as you walk around; from the rough-around-the-edges markets filled with tat, but where you can find some hidden gems if you’re prepared to dig around piles of random TV remote controls, broken sunglasses and your great aunt Jeans 80’sdisco wardrobe, to a world of upmarket antique stalls of prized ancient objects creating an almost museum type of ambiance. This market, the biggest flea market in Europe is certainly a far cry from the picturesque picnic-by-the-Eiffel-tower touristy Paris, but it can be hugely fun and you are guaranteed to leave with some interesting and unique finds!
These markets are the perfect sunny weekend activity! To Plan for your visit there read Paris Flea Market guide.