Located on the Boulevard Raspail in the 6th arrondissement, the Marché Raspail is one of the most popular markets on the Left Bank. It is also less than 20 minutes walk from the Jardin du Luxembourg and only eight minutes from the Musée d’Orsay. This open-air market has been running since 1920 and usually has around 40 fruit, vegetable, bakery, and takeaway food stalls. On Sundays the market turns into an organic haven, and its English bakery stall is especially popular. Always very busy, the Marché Raspail is worth visiting for its bustling atmosphere and is an ideal location for a quick lunch.
Marché Biologique des Batignolles
Notable for being the first organic market in Paris, the Marché Biologique des Batignolles sits on the Boulevard des Batignolles in the 17th arrondissement. Selling a range of fruit, veg, cold meats, wines and even essential oils, here you can meet the producers and farmers themselves. Though small in size compared to many other Parisian markets, this is the one to visit when looking for niche products alongside everyday market goods. Fresh raw milk, vegetarian wheatgrass shots, and vegan croissants can all be bought here. Less than 20 minutes’ walk from the historical Parc Monceau and the Square des Batignolles, evocative of a sprawling English country garden, this market is a great place to spend a morning before enjoying the sunshine in one of Paris’s beautiful green spaces.
Marché des Enfants Rouges
One of Paris’s most famous indoor markets, the Marché des Enfants Rouges is located on the Rue de Bretagne in the 3rd arrondissement, in what was once a 16th century orphanage. The name originates in the colour of the children’s clothes, red then being an indicator that the clothing had been donated by Christian charities. The market was opened in 2000, and now hosts a wide variety of food stalls, including Lebanese, Japanese, and African cuisine. Organic food stalls, fishmongers, and florists can also be found here, making this market an atmospheric place to spend a day shopping or enjoying fresh street food on one of the many terraces.
Marché Rue d’Aligre
Spreading from the Place d’Aligre in the 12th arrondissement, this outdoor market sells vintage clothes, bric-a-brac, take-away food and fresh produce and is a regular shopping spot for locals. The market also joins onto the covered Marché Beauvau, another of Paris’s old indoor markets known for its various cooked food stalls. Speciality cheeses and butchers are popular here, with local and seasonal produce given priority. The Aligre market is good-value, with flourishing trade on Saturday mornings, and has the added benefit of being near to the Bastille,restaurants such as Le Charolais and Le Baron Rouge.
Located on the Boulevard Richard-Lenoir and presided over by the huge Bastille monument, the Marché Bastille takes place twice a week and is one of the city’s largest food markets. The quality here is high, with particularly notable cheese, poultry, fish, and crêpe stands. Interspersed with the food stalls are various gift-oriented sellers, but the focus remains on fresh produce as the market sprawls along the wide street. With other attractions nearby, such as the Opéra Bastille and the house of Victor Hugo, this market is definitely worth a visit. Its Saturday incarnation, Le Marché de la Création Bastille, will draw anyone looking for handmade arts, crafts, and gifts.
Further away from the city centre, though still within walking distance of the Sacré-Cœur, this smaller neighbourhood market in the 18th arrondissement takes place beneath the partial cover of a train trestle. Its surroundings have long been described as one of Paris’s grittier areas, however the numerous artisan shops, architectural gems, and cuisines from a huge range of cultures make this an area well worth visiting. The Marché Barbès itself is usually busy and slightly raucous, with people haggling and doing their weekly shopping at every corner. When compared with more central markets, this one is, unsurprisingly, a lot cheaper and is especially useful for those wanting to buy all kinds of herbs and spices.
In the 2nd arrondissement and the heart of Les Halles, the Rue Montorgueil is a pedestrian street dedicated to the celebration of food. With narrow side-streets, hidden bakeries, and plenty of outdoor seating, this picturesque and bustling area is perfect for people-watching. Huge market stalls, such as Le Palais du Fruit, will cater for every culinary need. The numerous shops and cafés lining the street will also tempt visitors, with the Pâtisserie Stohrer thought to be the oldest pastry shop in Paris (established in 1730), and Au Rocher de Cancale serving the oysters for which it is famed.
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The Rue Mouffetard in the 5th arrondissement dates back to medieval Paris and like much of the Latin Quarter is worth visiting simply for its architectural and historical interest. Singers and buskers often line the narrow street, and though a popular tourist destination, the street retains its atmosphere, particularly towards the Saint-Médard Square. Many organic and fair-trade goods are on offer, with especially enticing selections of fresh bread and fruit. While in the area, the Saint-Médard Church, dating from the 12th century, is also worth visiting.
Stretching from the Place de Breteil to the Avenue de Segur, the Marché Saxe-Breteuil is notable for its beautiful, tree-lined surroundings and views of the Eiffel Tower. The market stalls here are piled high with fresh fish, flowers, cheese, apples, and jewel-like vegetables, among many other products. Farmers and producers travel from all over France to sell their items at this market, and are usually on hand with tasters and helpful recommendations. Prices are high, but the friendly atmosphere, prime location and very high standards make this one of Paris’s best outdoor markets.
This small, covered market in the 10th arrondissement is frequently described by visitors as a collage of architectural styles and culinary tastes. The imposing stone entrance dates from the mid-1800s, when the site of the current Marché Saint-Martin was occupied by its predecessor, the Marché Saint-Laurent. The modern building now in its place is a mixture of metal vents, utilitarian columns and glass doors, whilst the stalls on display within the market are no less interesting. Aside from old-style delicatessens, spice-stalls, and regional cheeses, this market also offers more unusual fare, including the highly popular German grocery, Der Tante Emma-Laden, which stocks dozens of German beer varieties, chocolates, and currywurst.
Marché Saint-Martin, 31 Rue du Château d’Eau, Paris, France
By Lily Taylor