No need to rush, the action barely gets rolling - much less begins - on time because this Thursday market opens at 12:30pm while 'lunch' is in full force. Besides, the vendors here are waiting for evening when the after work shopping crowd descends to pick up dinner.
There is a fish monger, several produce stands (one is Bio/Organic) a butcher, and quite a few artisan gift stands. Not a lot of vendors to choose from, but what is there is of very good quality.
This marché is where (until 1969) Les Halles once lived and breathed all things food in Paris. Known as 'the belly of Paris', it was a colorful neighborhood that came alive at night providing 'le tout Paris' with produce, poultry, meats, seafood and flowers from the surrounding countryside.Les Halles began in the reign of Louis VII way back in 1137 as a way of providing food stuffs to the city of Paris. Each century, as the city and demand grew, Les Halles grew and changed.
The beautiful, massive metal and glass structures associated with the market place were dismantled in 1971. Some of the buildings were moved to Rungis outside of Paris where they are still in use.
This neighborhood is rich with history, small cafes and interesting food shops tucked away in dark passages. There are at least three cooking supply stores (including E. Dehillerin, made famous by Julia Child) just a stone's throw of each other with everything you could want for your kitchen and things you've never dreamed of needing (in my case, a Rum Baba mold).
A little exploring will reward you with G. Detou (means: I have everything) a shop choc full with every imaginable, non perishable, ingredient under the sun. The Rue Montorgueil, a bustling shopping street, is right around the corner too. There is plenty to do and see in this historic, food centric, centrally located area... you won't regret the visit.
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Marche St. Eustache-les-Halles, Paris 1ere
Thurs: 12:30 pm - 8 pm
Sun: 7 am - 3 pm
Rue Montmartre between Rue Rambuteau & Rue du Jour
Metro: Chatlet-les-Halles (line 4), Sentier (line 4) or Ettiene Marcel (line 3 )