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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Marchés of Paris by Days of the Week: The Short List

Marché  "Bio"  Raspail
Living in Paris (where there are over 80 roving and permanent markets) with it's  'embarrassment of riches' when it comes to farmer's markets, I still tend to return to the same 5 or 6 out of habit and/or convenience... which isn’t exactly the point, now is it? But after giving it some thought, it became clear I do that because I know which market is where on what day.
Marché  President Wilson
Friends and family know that I love going to open air food markets - where ever they may be.  Before traveling to a new town, I always do a bit of research on when and where the markets are  held... and am thoroughly disappointed if there is only one market day per week, and my visit is ill timed (as in Cortona last month)  Sometimes (as in Barcelona) I hit the jack-pot.
Summer Fruit at the Marché
Every guide to the Paris Marchés I have come across, both on-line and in print, list the markets by Arrondissements. I get that. Even that new Paris Food Markets “iphone ap” does their search in that way.  But that format is not very useful on, say, a Thursday when the hankering for a stir fry or summer fruit cobbler grabs you... And it certainly isn’t very helpful for a visiter, in town for a few short days, looking for a produce market to visit on their one free morning.

Organic Breads at the Sunday only,  Marché "Bio" Raspail
So, here it is: my short list of Parisian open air markets by days of the week. Sure, there are plenty of markets not on this list - but I’ve only been to these, so I’ll be adding to the list as I visit more of Marche’s later in the year (since August is not a good gauge of each market’s offerings). Be sure to check back.

3rd generation flower vendor at Marché Grenelle
MONDAY - No Marche’s (or open reliable green grocers for that matter)  If you are ‘jones-ing’ for some good fruit head over to the Grande Epicerie in the 7th.  This place is quite impressive (and you can pick up some Bordier butter there too).

TUESDAY
Marché Bourse - Place de la Bourse, 2nd  Metro: Bourse    12h30 - 20h30
Marché Maubert - Place Maubert, 5th  Metro: Maubert-Mutualité 7h - 14h30
Marché Raspail - Blvd Raspail, 6th  Metro: Sevres Babylon  7h - 14h30
Marché Aguesseau -  Place de la Madeleine, 8th  Métro: Madeleine
                                7h à 14h30.  This is the SMALLEST market in Paris at only 62m long!
Marché Popincourt - Bd Richard-Lenoir, 11th  Metro: Oberkampf  7h - 14h30
Marché Convention- Rue Convention, 15th  Métro: Convention 7h à 14h30
Marché Saint-Charles - Rue St-Charles, 15th  Métro: Javel   7h à 14h30

WEDNESDAY
Marché St-Honoré - Pl Marché St Honoré,1st M: Pyramides 12h30 - 20h30
Marché Monge - Place Monge, 4th  Métro : Place Monge  7h - 14h30
Marché Grenelle - Bd de Grenelle, 15th Métro : La Motte-Piquet 7h à 14h30
Marché Président Wilson - 16th  Métro : Alma-Marceau, Iéna    7h - 14h30

THURSDAY
Marché St-Eustache-Les Halles - Rue Montmartre   Metro: Les Halles   12h30 20h30
Marché Maubert - Place Maubert, 5th    Métro: Maubert-Mutualité   7h - 14h30
Marché Saxe-Breteuil - Avenue de Saxe, 7th   Métro: Ségur      7h - 14h30
Marché Bastille - Bd Richard Lenoir, 11th  Métro : Bastille    7h - 14h30
Marché Convention- Rue Convention, 15th  Métro: Convention   7h à 14h30

FRIDAY
Marché Bourse - Place de la Bourse, 2nd  Métro: Bourse    12h30 - 20h30
Marché Monge - Place Monge, 4th  Métro: Place Monge    7h - 14h30
Marché Raspail - Blvd Raspail, 6th  Metro: Sevres Babylon   7h - 14h30
Marché Aguesseau -  Place de la Madeleine, 8th  Métro: Madeleine
7h à 14h30.  This is the SMALLEST market in Paris at only 62m long!
Marché Popincourt - Bd Richard-Lenoir, 11th  Métro: Oberkampf   7h - 14h30
Marché Saint-Charles - Rue St-Charles, 15th  Métro: Javel   7h à 14h30

SATURDAY
Marché Maubert - Place Maubert, 5th  Métro: Maubert-Mutualité 7h - 14h30
Marché Saxe-Breteuil - Avenue de Saxe, Métro: Ségur 7th     7h - 14h30
Marché Président Wilson - 16th  Métro : Alma-Marceau, Iéna    7h - 14h30

SUNDAY
Marché St-Eustache-Les Halles - Rue Montmartre   Metro: Les Halles   12h30 20h30
Marché Monge - Place Monge, 4th   Métro: Place Monge    7h - 14h30
Marché “BIO” Raspail -  Blvd Raspail, 6th   Metro: Sevres Babylon   7h - 14h30
Marché Bastille - Bd Richard Lenoir, 11th  Métro : Bastille    7h - 14h30
Marché Convention- Rue Convention, 15th   Métro: Convention   7h à 14h30
Marché Grenelle - Bd de Grenelle, 15th   Métro : La Motte-Piquet   7h à 14h30

Marche d'Aligre, a wild place any day of the week
Not wanting to be an ‘outdoor market ‘ snob, here is my short list for some pretty nice covered markets scattered around the city.  These markets, housed in architecturally interesting buildings, are open Tuesday - Sunday, though to be honest (and in my experience) the vendors are ‘light’ early in the week, with weekends being the real show.

Marché Couvert des Enfants Rouges - 39 rue de Bretagne, 3rd
Métro : Temple ou Filles du Calvaire
The oldest covered market in Paris and one of the oldest in France.  Lots of prepared food stands, great for lunch.                   8h30 to 13h and 16 to 19h30

Marché Couvert St-Germain - 4/6 rue Lobineau, 6th
Métro : Mabillon           
Tues - Sat:   8h30 to 13h and 16h to 20h     Sunday: 8h to 13h30

Marché Couvert Beauvau & Marché d’Aligre - Rue d’Aligre, 12th
Metro: Ledru-Rollin
This double market (outdoors and covered) is the best show in town regardless of the day of the week.  Fri - Sun there is a ‘bonus’ flea market worth sifting through if you arrive early - tables and boxes of stuff from recently emptied homes hauled there by the folks who do the emptying!                              7h à 14h
      
Marché Couvert Saint-Didier -  Rues Mesnil et St Didier, 16th
Métro: Victor Hugo                   
Easy stroll through an interesting neighborhood with some sweet cafes offering ‘prix fixe’ lunch menus ‘du marché’                     8h à 13h30

Marché Couvert de Passy -  Place de Passy, 16th
Métro : Muette
Located along one of the most ‘Parisian’ of shopping streets where quality prevails - at a price!               Tues - Sat:  8:30h à 13hs and 16h à 19h   Sundays:  8h to 13h


Happy Marketing!
A bientot,
Marie Z



Other helpful and interesting links on Paris Markets:

Paris Market iPhone Ap
 
Official French Government Tourist site (in English)

Chocolate & Zuchinni - Markets of Paris

A City Cook in  French Kitchen

In Transit - Paris Markets: Flea, Antique & Organic

7 comments:

Yetunde said...

You could add the mache rue Ordener on Wednesdays and Saturdays to that list. It has many of the same vendors that can be found on Raspail and at the Popincourt market on other days.

Anonymous said...

Wow, amazing post! I'm planning to visit flea markets, but i need your advice. There are so many flea markets and they all seem so attractive to me, so could you please tell me name of best flea market for clothes, jewelry etc ? And just one more question, im a bag lover and i love designer bags but i cant afford to pay that much for a bag, but i heard that you can find out many stores which sells designer bags at an affordable price? Thank you in advance for any help! :)

Anonymous said...

On my first trip to Paris, I knew nothing about the open air markets so discovering them was a wonderful surprise. Since coming home, I have added to my library a great book called PARIS IN A BASKET by Nicolle Aimee Meyer and Amanda Pilar Smith. It tells the history of the markets in each arrondisement and has beautiful photos and many recipes from the merchants as well. Cheers, Stephan

Marie Z said...

There are so many markets, food, flea, art, antique, books, stamps... the list is practically endless.

For antiques and such I am a big fan of the Porte de Vanves... it seems to go on forever and there are great vintage clothes stands. Though the 18th Arr has a bevy of great 'friperies', as they are called. You can google that.

I have several books, new and out of print, on the markets... it's interesting to me how little has changed in the last 25 - 30 years!

Marie Z said...

@ Yetunde: I have an outing planned for this weekend to visit Ordener with friends... will report back. Thanks for the tip!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for such an informative blog. I'm going back to stay in Paris for a year and looking forward to the markets, food, people and places. I've started following you on Pinterest. Alessandra.

Marie Z Johnston said...

Bonjour Alessandra! Thank you so much for your comment... I just know you're going to love your year in Paris. I will be back in September when I finish my work here in California, so, for the moment, color me green! Best of luck!