Parisian Markets & Foods

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Quiche and olives are for sale in a Parisian market.

Paris is best seen on foot, and one of the joys of this romantic capital is experiencing its famous open-air markets. Every neighborhood in the city has its version of a market, whether it centers on eclectic antiques, vintage wines or scarves. Some of the city's best food markets offer local and regional produce, ethnic foods, gourmet goodies and French delicacies.

  1. Richard Lenoir Market

    • The market at Boulevard Richard Lenoir focuses on French gourmet products. Each Thursday and Sunday morning, you can stroll from the Place de la Bastille for almost a mile, taking in the hundreds of food and wine stalls while enjoying street entertainers and musicians.

    Dejean Market

    • For an off-the-beaten-path option, try the Dejean Market, which features food products native to Africa. At this market near the Sacre-Coeur basilica, you can find an array of chili peppers, exotic fruits and spices. Many of the shoppers wear bright traditional dress. If the food stalls are not enough, try some cuisine from Senegal or Ivory Coast at the neighborhood restaurants. The market is open every morning except Monday.

    Saxe-Breteuil Market

    • One of the most famous and beautiful markets in Paris is the Saxe-Breteuil, which starts at Place de Breteil and ends at Avenue de Segur, offering views of the Eiffel Tower. Vendors sell a wide variety of fresh and organic produce including peppers, artichokes, hard and soft cheeses, olives, fish, tarts, pastas and oils. Most sellers will let you taste their products before deciding whether to purchase. This market is open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday mornings.

    Marché les Enfants Rouges Market

    • The Marché les Enfants Rouges Market in the Marais quarter was founded in 1628 and is the oldest covered market in Paris. You can find a variety of cuisine from French to Japanese and Middle Eastern. The market is open every day except Monday.

    Marché d'Aligre Market

    • The Marché d'Aligre is a typical, lively outdoor market located behind the Bastille between the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine and the Rue de Charenton. It is also one of the more affordable markets in the city, offering produce in bulk at low prices. The market is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and on Sunday morning.

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