There’s no better way to experience a new culture than through its food, a universal fact more true in France than perhaps anywhere else! And Paris, as the epicenter of all things French, is the capital not just of France but of the nation’s cuisine as well. One culinary tradition ingrained in French culture that is particularly charming for visitors is shopping for fresh goods at the outdoor marchés that line the busy streets of cities across France all year long. With our list of the best traditional markets in Paris, you’re bound to find something for all tastes!
Famous as a bobo (bourgeois-bohemian) market popular with hip young people, Aligre isn’t your grandmother’s marché. Instead, it offers a variety of ethnic foods and unique French favorites that you can’t find just anywhere. This is the perfect stop if you’re looking for a taste of French culture adapted to the modern culinary scene. Stop by starting from 9am every day except Monday, but note that the stalls close for the déjeuner hour from 1 or 1:30 to 3:30 or 4 depending on the day.
Stretching along several blocks north of the historic Place de la Bastille, this is a market worthy of Paris’s rich history and global clout. Butchers, produce vendors and fromagers compete for your attention, with street performers and enticing falafel stands all along the green-lined stretch of Boulevard Richard Lenoir. The market is open on Thursdays and Sundays, though it’s best to visit on a lazy Sunday morning. But don’t sleep in too late – the market is only open from 7am to 3pm! You can make a day of your trip and enjoy all that the exciting Bastille neighborhood has to offer.
One of the last traditional market streets in the city, this historic strip of vendors is located in the Quartier Latin, the site of the Roman city of Lutetia. You can taste the history at the many different stalls along the street, offering locally made cheeses, top-notch wines and organic produce from across France. If you’re looking for high-quality ingredients in a pinch, this market is a great choice since it’s open every morning but Mondays, with exact hours varying between vendors.
This market’s location in one of Paris’s best-preserved covered market halls contrasts with its international flavor. You can admire the nineteenth century verrerie while munching on snacks prepared by French immigrants from places as far-flung as Niger, Lebanon and China. A perfect blend of la France profonde and modern cosmopolitan Paris, this market is a must-see for any Paris visitor with an appetite. You can visit from 8am to 8pm any day but Sunday (when the halls close early at 1:30pm), and Monday, when the market is closed.
This market, established in 1846 and set up under the current covered market hall in 1867, was a favorite with Manet’s impressionist circle in the area. Today the food hall serves a different clientele, offering modern bio (organic) produce and more to hungry visitors. Stop by and grab a picnic before heading to the Parc Monceau nearby, one of our favorite Paris parks! Just make sure you plan to visit on Saturday when the market is open from 9am-3pm.
Subject to many updates in its nearly four hundred years of operation (since 1628), this marché’s current iteration takes full advantage of the recently renovated hall by the Square du Temple in the 3rd arrondissement, offering multicultural eats as well as only the best French produce. Located in one of our favorite Paris neighborhoods, the Marais, there’s lots to do just blocks from the hip eateries of this food hall. The market is open Tuesday-Saturday from 8am-8:30pm and Sunday from 8:30am-5pm.
Grouped around the central fountain of the Place Monge in the Latin Quarter (5th arrondissement), this micro-market competes with the nearby rue Mouffetard for the adoration of Left Bank locals. We’ve got lots offurnished vacation rentals to help you get right to the heart of the action in the popular Latin Quarter. If you’re stopping by the Monge market though, make sure to do so on Wednesday or Saturday when it’s open from 7am-2:30pm, or on Sunday, when the hours are 7am-3pm.
Paris at Christmastime is a sight to see no matter which part of the city you’re in. However, there’s nowhere better to experience the French holiday cheer than the Marché de Noël (Christmas Market) set up along France’s most famed avenue in November. With hot wine, sauerkraut and sausage and funnel cake on offer,you have lots of options for warming up as the season gets cold. Christmas on the Champs-Élysées lasts from late November through early January, so you have plenty of time to visit!
Just blocks from the massive transportation hub and commercial center that occupies the former site of the legendary Les Halles market, this street market is right at the geographic center of the city. In addition to edible offerings, there are also vibrant flowers and tempting local cider available. Montorgueil is also a popular bar district, so after filling up you can work off your meal at one of many local nightlife spots. The market itself is only open Thursday 12:30pm-8pm and Sunday 7am-3pm.