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Guide to Parisian Markets: Fresh Produce, Cheese & More

City Guide October 2, 2023

 

 

Looking for where to buy cheese in Paris? Or perhaps how to shop for fresh produce? Well, we’ve got you covered. Paris is renowned for its bustling markets, each offering a unique experience.

In this guide, we’ll be sharing some of the best farmer's markets in Paris. In these markets, you’ll be able to indulge in the abundance of colorful fruits and vegetables, carefully selected meats and seafood, and artisanal products that showcase the craftsmanship of Parisian producers.

Walking through the markets can be tiring, so wear comfortable shoes and pack light. If you have any large bags or suitcases with you, drop them off at a Nannybag location— for luggage storage for a day in Paris. Download the mobile app, find a convenient location, and book it! Now you’re officially ready to explore the markets and shop for the best food in Paris!

 

Marché Président Wilson

Located across the Palais de Tokyo Museum, Marché Président Wilson is known for selling top-tier items— some say it’s the best food market in Paris. It’s known for its upscale ambiance and gourmet offerings, as it boasts a selection of premium fruits, vegetables, seafood, cheese, and charcuterie.

Explore the stalls, and you'll come across beautiful flower arrangements, stylish clothing items, and a variety of souvenirs that make perfect keepsakes to bring back home.

Address: Avenue du Président Wilson, 75016 Paris

Metro Stop: Iéna

Hours: Wednesday from 7 am to 2:30 pm, Saturday from 7 am to 3 pm

 

Marché aux Fleurs

The Marché aux Fleurs is a delightful market where you can immerse yourself in a vibrant array of colorful flowers, plants, and gardening accessories. It features numerous stalls offering various blooms, from seasonal flowers to exotic plants and bouquets. You can find everything from cut flowers to potted plants, seeds, and gardening supplies.

Also! Within the same market area, there's also the Marché aux Oiseaux (translates to bird market), which takes place on Sundays. It offers a charming collection of birds, birdcages, and accessories.

Whether you're looking for a lovely bouquet or wish to indulge in the colorful atmosphere, the Marché aux Fleurs is a must-visit for flower enthusiasts and those seeking a touch of natural beauty in the heart of Paris.

Address: Place Louis Lépine, Quai de la Corse, 75004 Paris, France

Metro Stop: Cete or Saint Michel

Hours: Monday to Saturday: 8 am to 7:30 pm, Sundays and Public Holidays: 8 am to 7 pm

 

 

Marché des Enfants Rouges

The Marché des Enfants Rouges holds a captivating historical background. It was established in 1615 as a hospice for sick children and orphans in Paris. In 1912, the Paris City Hall acquired the premises, and it soon became a premier location to purchase fresh milk, earning the name "la Vacherie" (the dairy). In the 1990s, the market underwent a remarkable renovation, transforming it into the vibrant market it is known as today.

The Marché des Enfants Rouges offers a slightly different experience. While it may not have an extensive selection of fresh produce like the other markets, it distinguishes itself as one of the best food markets rather than a conventional grocery destination. If you want to try different cuisines or are traveling with an indecisive crew, head to the market for variety and choices that will please even the pickiest of eaters.

Fun Fact: It’s the oldest covered market in Paris!

Address: 39, rue de bretagne, 75003

Metro Stop: Temple

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Closed on Mondays

 

Marché aux Puces

While technically not situated in the immediate center of Paris, the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen is an attraction worthy of a visit. Rest assured. It's not too far out from the city and easily accessible.

The Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen is a vast flea market with numerous shops and stalls offering various antique furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles, artworks, and more. It's a paradise for collectors, interior decorators, and anyone with an appreciation for the beauty of the past.

Remember that the market is extensive, so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for some walking!

Address: 138 Avenue Michelet, 93400 Saint-Ouen, France

Metro Stop: Porte de Clignancourt

Hours: The market is open on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays

 

 

Marché Couvert Saint-Quentin

Located in the 10th arrondissement Marché Couvert Saint-Quentin is a charming covered market with a delightful experience. Why is that? Because rain or snow won't dampen your visit, as the market operates regardless of the weather, you’re in for a treat year-round! Whether you're seeking flavorful cheese, fresh seafood, or high-quality cuts of meat, the market has you covered (like the pun?)

Address: 85 bis, bd magenta, 75010

Metro Stop: Gare de L’est

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Closed on Mondays

 

Marché Bastille

Marché Bastille is one of Paris's largest and most renowned markets, drawing in locals and visitors alike. Its iconic status means it can get crowded, especially on Sundays when it's most popular.

While the market is celebrated for its diverse selection of cuisine, offering many tempting options, there are a few highlights worth mentioning. Don't forget to stop by the Olive booth, where you can indulge in the flavorful variety of olives. Additionally, if you're a fan of seafood, be sure to check out the Oyster stands. It's never too early to pair these delicacies with a glass of wine and savor the briny goodness.

Beyond its culinary offerings, Marché Bastille caters to those who like thrifting and finding vintage goods. If you want to get the most out of the market, we recommend getting there early to get your hands on the freshest produce and to avoid crowds.

Address: Boulevard Richard Lenoir, Paris 11th

Metro Stop: Bastille

Hours: Open on Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

 

Marché Mouffetard

In the heart of the Latin Quarter, near the Notre Dame Cathedral, you can find Marché Mouffetard. This lively and enchanting market offers an assortment of stalls that showcase the best French culinary treasures. From fresh and colorful produce to various cheeses, from bread and freshly baked pastries to a selection of fine wines, Marché Mouffetard caters to every gastronomic desire.

The overall ambiance here is the star of the show. The area is adorned with charming shops and cafes, creating an inviting atmosphere. After browsing and shopping, grab a coffee while soaking it all up like a true Parisian.

If you’re looking for a similar market that’s less crowded, check out Marché Monge. It’s a similar food market nearby. Due to the prime real estate of these markets, they’re a bit on the pricey end of things. However, buying honey from the beekeeper and fish from a fishmonger from Normandy is worth the price!

Address: Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris

Metro Stop: Place Monge

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday; every morning

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