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Where to shop in 2nd Arrondissement Grocery Stores or Individual Food Markets

kndnwpt Jan 10, 2010 08:57 AM

Hello all,
We're a Texas couple coming to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. We'll stay in the 2nd Arrondissement for One Month near Rue Saint-Denis and Rue Greneta.
We would like to take advantage of food shopping and preparing simple dishes for lunch and dinner on days we don't feel like going to a restaurant.
We would like some suggestions for the 2nd or 3rd Arrondissement food shopping please.
Thanks from kndnwpt

  1. John Talbott Jan 14, 2010 04:41 PM

    Le marché des enfants rouges‎ is but 4 blocks from the edge of the 3rd; too far?

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    1. re: John Talbott
      glutton Jan 17, 2010 04:12 AM

      There was a really nice little cheese shop outside that market. Inside the market, the vendors were so-so (it's not what we'd call a farmers market in the US -- these are not farmers selling their fruits and vegetables) and I honestly think you would do better at St Eustache or Montorgueil.

      1. re: glutton
        kndnwpt Jan 18, 2010 06:11 PM

        Thank you all for helping us have a great time food shopping

        1. re: kndnwpt
          vielleanglaise Aug 7, 2010 07:55 AM

          You're a five minute walk away from the Rue du Faubourg Saint Denis. While it has no Maraichers and little organic, the bustling neigborhood has greengrocers, butchers, bakers, etc., and is perhaps more representative of contemporary Paris than Montorgueil or Saint Eustache.

          1. re: vielleanglaise
            Parigi Aug 7, 2010 08:01 AM

            Oooo, esp the block where Urfa Dürüm is. The fabled Kurdish sandwich place is on 58, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis. Right next door is a very nice brûlerie plus other fine foods stores.

            1. re: Parigi
              vielleanglaise Aug 7, 2010 08:04 AM

              And, more importantly, my block.

              1. re: vielleanglaise
                Parigi Aug 7, 2010 08:47 AM

                Bravo. Excellent food fengshui.

                1. re: vielleanglaise
                  Parigi Aug 22, 2010 02:24 PM

                  Chère Anglaise,
                  Could you give me some pointers on the etiquette on how a skirt wearer sits on one of those odd stools outside Urfa Dürüm. So far I have been done it à l'amazone - side-saddling. Doesn't feel right or comfortable.

                  1. re: Parigi
                    vielleanglaise Aug 22, 2010 03:48 PM

                    Cara Parigi,

                    I'm just a chowhound crossdresser (despite my moniker, I'm a man) so I can't really give you the inside dope on this one. I think you're not supposed to straddle the chair, but should sit in the "gutter" of the seat, ie across it...which doesn't answer your question. But I'm sure you have beautiful legs, so cross them and bite the bullet... or lamachun...or sandwich... If you haven't already tried it, get the lambs' liver, cooked rare, with a glass of the homemade ayran.

      2. Parigi Jan 10, 2010 09:09 AM

        You are quite near the rue Montorgueil market and the St Eustache market, both very good, esp the latter.
        The rue Montorgueil market is a regular one, which means open every day except Sunday afternoon and Monday.
        The latter is a real maraîcher market, Thurs afternoon and Sunday morning.

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        1. re: Parigi
          kndnwpt Jan 10, 2010 09:42 AM

          Thank you Parigi for replying to our questions. The St Eustache would be very Parisian? That is what we would like to experience also, although I didn't put that in my post.
          Thanks from, kndnwpt

          1. re: kndnwpt
            Parigi Jan 10, 2010 10:31 AM

            I would consider the Montorgueil market very Parisian, while the St Eustache one actually better than Parisian. Many of the maraîchers farmers come up to Paris a couple of days a week to sell their own farm stuff in wekkly markets like St Eustache, Baudoyer, Anvers. My two fave commerçants - whom I call My Cheese Guy and Weird Vegetable Lady - are such cases.

            1. re: Parigi
              souphie Jan 11, 2010 05:48 AM

              "You're Parigi's Cheese Guy, right? And you must be the Weird Vegetable Lady! Nice to meet you".

              1. re: souphie
                Parigi Jan 11, 2010 06:24 AM

                Sorriest to do this again; allow me to resusscitate my hubby poo's article on WVL:

                1. re: Parigi
                  kndnwpt Jan 11, 2010 07:40 PM

                  Thank you Parigi for the link to the wierd veggies. It's strange but I did read that article, can't remember when or what I had been searching for.
                  We are trying to get a feel for the area since we'll be there a month.
                  Any suggestions for food markets, groceries, restaurants are welcome

                  1. re: Parigi
                    Fuffy Aug 6, 2010 09:42 PM

                    As far as I can see the paris-update site now has August news and doesn't have anything about the Weird Vegetable (Mushroom?) Lady. We'd like to take a look at the Poncolet market - any idea whether she is still here in August - and at other times is she there every day? Thanks a lot.

                    1. re: Fuffy
                      souphie Aug 6, 2010 11:18 PM

                      Poncelet market is very quiet in August, as the whole neighborhood moves to l'Ile d'Yeu, Deauville, Chamonix and Saint-Tropez.

                      1. re: Fuffy
                        Parigi Aug 7, 2010 01:04 AM

                        I just saw the Weird Vegetable Lady yesterday afternoon holding court at the Place d'Anvers market.

                  2. re: Parigi
                    Fuffy Sep 20, 2010 12:18 AM

                    I couldn't find the WVL details on the site you posted. Is she the same as the Weird Mushroom Lady? And could you tell me where and when we can find her/them? I'd be very grateful.

                    1. re: Fuffy
                      Parigi Sep 28, 2010 07:06 AM

                      Sorriest I was on holiday and did not see this msg. Hope this reply is not too late.
                      Try this link:
                      She can be found in the mid section of the aisle. If you are facing the Sacré Coeur, she would be on your right, a short, heavy-set lady with, well, weird veggies.

                      1. re: Parigi
                        Fuffy Sep 30, 2010 09:51 AM

                        Wonderful article. Thanks. Can't wait to try the cerfeuil tubereux. And is the WVL the same as the Weird Mushroom Lady?

                        1. re: Fuffy
                          Parigi Sep 30, 2010 10:12 AM

                          Dunno. Probably because (1) mushroom is seasonal, (2) no mushroom is weird to me. Who and where is WML?

                          1. re: Parigi
                            Fuffy Oct 3, 2010 02:48 AM

                            Ooops sorry, have just searched and see that a year ago you said the WVL had cepes, so I guess she is the same one.

                            1. re: Fuffy
                              Parigi Oct 3, 2010 03:04 AM

                              Just bought some dazzling cèpes from her last Friday...

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