A tour of Paris's markets offers a rare glimpse of an immensly important French ritual.
There are some fifty-seven marchés volants, or roving markets, which include more than 5000 independant merchants moving from neighborhood to neighborhood on given days.
These are food markets unlike others in Paris - more like old fashioned country farmers' markets.
On weekends from thirty to fifty independant organic farmers set up stalls on Paris's boulevard Raspail.
They sell organic grown fruits and vegetables; homemade breads ; dried fruits and nuts; charcuteries ; farm-raised chickens, ducks and geese ; and even wine that's guaranteed to be "natural".
Boulevard Raspail, between rue du Cherche-Midi and rue de Rennes (6th)
Sunday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Among the many markets in Paris, this has the reputation of being one of the best and certainly the most beautiful.
It starts at Place de Breteil and stretches to Avenue de Segur. There is no more lovely setting, as it is framed by the Eiffel Tower and the Invalides. Farmers and producers come from all over France to sell their specialties and this market is known for its high quality foods, including many organic ones.
Avenue de Saxe (7th)
Thursday and Saturday from 7:00 AM to 2:30 PM.
Les Halles, Paris's most famous market, is no more, but Rue Montorgueil remains.
The city has made attempts to spiff up a rather grubby and run-down market by adding a pleasant new cobblestone street, and many of the city's finest chefs still do their marketing here, sharing chores as one chef markets for fish, another goes after the meat, still another for the produce, then all meeting for coffee before heading back to their restaurants.
Rue Montorgueil (1st & 2nd)
Les Enfants Rouges is the oldest covered market in Paris, renovated in the late 90's, and one of the oldest in France. This small market is located in the 3rd arrondissement, and is worth seeing in the occasion of a walking tour of le Marais.
39, rue de Bretagne
Tuesday from Saturday from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM and from 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Sunday from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Located in the 7th arrondissement, not far from the Alma Bridge and the Ecole Militaire, the market of Rue Cler is a destination for great food shopping in Paris.
Twenty years ago, rue Cler was a nice little pedestrian street, great for a weekly shopping trip to a few favorite stores for meat, fish, greens and cheese.
Over the years, it ihas truly flourished !
There are more food shops, better specialties and the pedestrian area devoted to food has rown larger.
Get there early as it becomes extremely crowded after 11 am on Sundays.
Being near rue Cler is one of the great pleasures of living in Paris, whether for a week or a lifetime !
Huge choice : Fruits and vegetables (Halles Bosquet, Les quatre Saisons), flowers stand, Italian gastronomy (Deli Zius, Davoli), olive oil (Olivier & Cie), Chinese takeaway, pastry (Lenôtre), cheese (la Fermette, Marie Cantin), meat (Boucheries Coucaud), roasted chickens (Darius Rotisserie), fish (La Sablaise), wine (Bacchus), chocolate (Leonidas), coffee store...
Open tuesday to saturday from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., and sunday morning.
Rue Bois Le Vent Paris (16th)
At the corner of rue Duban and rue Bois le Vent
Tuesday to Friday, from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM and from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saturday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM and from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Sunday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Located near the Place des Ternes, a throw stone from the Arc de Triomphe and Avenue des Champs Elysées, the market of rue Poncelet used to be considered as one of the biggest, most beautiful and best open markets in Paris, with the ones of rue Montorgueil and rue de Lévis. Even if it is a bit smaller nowadays, it is still a great place for the variety and the quality of the food and French specialties.
Important choice : meat (Boucherie Roger), cheese (Fromagerie des Gourmets, Alléosse), Wines (Les Grandes caves), coffee and tea (Brulerie des Ternes), fish (Poissonnerie l’Océan), Italian specialties (Delitaly), fruits and vegetables (Le Maraicher)...
Rue Poncelet (17th)
Tuesday to Saturday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM (some shops are closed between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM)
Sunday from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Closed on Monday
It is one of the biggest open markets in Paris. The selection of food is tremendous and you will hardly managed to get to the end.
It's hard to adequately the variety and quality of the food here. The selection ranges from produce to meats, fish, flowers, pasta, breads, sweets and even house wares.
Customers have been coming here for years and frequent their favorite vendors.
You frequently hear: 'Bonjour Madame! Plaisir de vous voir cette semaine !...Today we have delicious… I recommend you try one.'
The choice is fantastic : fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, olives and salads, cheese, Italian pasta, simple wines, bread, snails and stuffed mussels...
Avenue du Président Wison (16th), between rue Desbrousse and Place d’Iéna
Wednesday and Saturday from 7:00 AM to 2:30 PM