When in Paris a visit to one of the local open-air markets is obligatory. This is where you’ll get a glimpse of the local life and get to try some French specialties.
My favorite, Marché Bio Raspail, is a brief walk from the Luxembourg Gardens and offers organic seasonal produce that is as heavenly to behold as it is to taste. Every Sunday from 9am to 1:30pm, boulevard Raspail flushes with activity. Try to get there before 11am to avoid the crowds, and give yourself time to indulge in tastings with the vendors (they’re usually happy to share their knowledge).
Everything you can find at Marché Bio is certified organic. Pictured above, a beautiful Savoy cabbage, used in many traditional French dishes.
“Macarons à l’Ancienne” – Homemade macarons made based on a traditional recipe, so no filling, just pure pleasure!
Purple artichokes from Italy.
Grilled farm chickens marinated with herbs – look out for baby potatoes roasting in garlicky chicken drippings!
Visiting a Parisian market is the quickest way to the heart of local life, and an intimate reflection of the surrounding neighborhood. The best markets give you access to delicacies across the country, from sunny Provence to the snow-capped Alps!
An ocean full of green vegetables. Kale and savoy cabbage, superfood for the body!
Parisian markets are very dog-friendly! This one had a cheese tasting just before the photo was taken.
Fresh oysters, to take home or eat on the spot… They’ll even open them up for you and top them with lemon!
Locally produced apple and pear cider, a delightful alternative to wine!
Crêpes and galettes make the perfect breakfast for perusing – quick, tasty, and portable!
Organic free-range eggs in three different sizes.
These roses are pesticide-free.
Many fruit vendors will offer samples to taste. These winter clementines from Corsica, small and juicy with the leaves still attached, are the ones to look for!
Romanesco broccoli (back left), a strangely beautiful vegetable, is also very delicious and easy to prepare.
The markets are not limited to fruits and vegetables – this stand offers superfood dried powders such as acai, spirulina, etc.
France is home to over 500 kinds of cheese, the freshest of which can be found here at the market. Grab a baguette and have yourself a picnic on the lawns of the Luxembourg Gardens.
This guy is famous for his onion cakes (there’s always a long line), a perfect treat when you’re done with your shopping.
Solli Kanani is a Swedish expat living and working in Paris. Check out more of her work at Solli’s Lifestyle blog!