How could you not love an outdoor market with the Eiffel Tower as a mascot?
Located in the well-heeled 7th Arrondissement, surrounded by beautiful Haussmanian buildings, the Saxe-Breteuil market is well known for it’s excellent quality. Growers, producers, fish mongers, bakers and florists travel from as far away as Brittany, Normandy and the Limousin to sell their wares.
The vendors are proud of what they do, and why shouldn’t they be? Family farms, with several generations working together, proudly sell what they have grown or made.
The Parisians who shop here come early. They do not dawdle these ladies in minks. Nor do the dapper gentlemen. These savvy shoppers know what they want, how it should be and what it should cost. They also know that sometimes paying a bit more means you get something better, fresher, more interesting.
One of my favorite things is to ask people what they are going to do with the ‘something’ they’ve just bought that I am unfamiliar with. Everyone in line pitches into that conversation and we all learn something new and delicious.
The Saxe-Breteuil market is so varied, so abundant and lush, that even the most discriminating shopper would be challenged to find fault. Unless you arrive late.
But even then, strolling the length of chic Avenue de Saxe, away from the famous tower, will lead you to the Place Breteuil with it’s stunning view of the Invalides.
Right there on the corner is the Bistro de Breteuil, a bustling place filled with locals enjoying lunch. Join them. You won’t regret it (even if the service is a bit brusk).
Thurs and Sat 7am - 1:30pm
Metro (line 6) Segur
Bistro de Breteuil
3 Place de Breteuil