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Jan 3, 2009 03:58 PM

Which arrondissement has best markets?


I will be traveling to Paris with my 87 year-old grandmother later this winter for about a week. She wants to explore museums, and I am looking forward to touring all the fabulous chocolate makers and markets. I want to be able to walk to markets to buy food to prepare meals at our rental since I think I will be spending all my money on sweets. Which markets are not to be missed for fresh produce, cheese, bread, and other makings for simple, wonderful meals?

Thanks so much!

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  1. My favorite is probably the Richard Lenoir Market at Place de la Bastille on Thursday and Sunday mornings (11th arr.). You can take the Bastille or Bréguet Sabin metro there. David Lebovitz did a good blog post a while back with more information:

    Here's a link to a site with a listing of markets by arrondissement:

    I like the one on Blvd. Raspail as well. I think there's a regular one there on T/Th and an organic market on Sunday. Have fun!

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    1. re: TerriL

      The bd Raspail market is Tuesdays and Fridays, with the organic market on Sundays.

      Bonnes courses!

    2. depending on where you are staying there are also some excellent permanent market streets. among the best are rue cler in the 7th, rue poncelet in the 17th and rue montorgueil in the 2nd.

      terril's list of marches is great for the moving markets. my favorite from that list is semi-permanent; the marche des enfants rouge in the 3rd. it is a bio market and there is a fun workingman's bistro (l'estaminet) inside the market that has great rustic food and simple but good wine. try it for lunch.

      1. I note your grand-mother is 87; Why not look at a quieter / safer environment like the Marché de l'Annonciation and the rue de l'Annonciation in the 16ème arrondissement. (daily). Also very close to the rue de Passy for all other shopping and plenty of nice bistrots around.

        1. where will you be staying? there are markets everywhere in Paris, and although it is easy to travel around to the "spectacular" ones, I suspect you will do much shopping close to where you will be staying.

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          1. re: ChefJune

            I, too, wondered in which arr you will be staying. I've rented apartments in several arr's in part to be able to explore local shopping and get a better sense of the difference in neighborhoods.

            Particularly in winter, with colder temps and less daylight, I'd be planning on doing most of my food shopping closer to my apartment. It is easy to hop on metros and/or buses to go to a specific shop or market, but it doesn't have the same feel as shopping within just a few blocks and really getting to know an area.

          2. We are trying to decide where to stay--and food/markets is really the determining factor. Since she is older, I would like to stay in a neighborhood where we can walk around and where she can rest while I explore more on my own...

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            1. re: icecreamgal

              I would second monchique's suggestion of the open air Marché de l'Annonciation, and the covered Marché de Passy, and that little area in general. It's a lovely area for walking. Take a look at the area on a map. The only issue would be the distance to museums. The Marmottan is nearby, but depending on which museums your grandmother wishes to visit, most of the major museums are quite a distance from the La Muette/Passy area.

              More hectic, but central options, include rue Montorgeuil in the 2nd, rue de Seine/rue de Buci, Marché St Germain in the 6th, rue Cler in the 7th.