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Top 3 Paris Open Air Markets

LocalFreshOrganic Mar 12, 2011 06:09 AM

My favorite thing to do in a new city is find the best market. We'll be in Paris at the end of June and I want to shop with the natives. The last discussion board on this topic was in 2008 and quite unhelpful. Please help me and help update the chowhound boards. Merci!

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    Nancy S. Mar 12, 2011 08:56 AM

    I'm a fan of the market in the 16th arron. at President Wilson Blvd. on Wed. and Sat., especially for Joel Thiebault vegetables, which, to me, are the best among the markets. I also like the market in the 7th arron. at Saxe Breteuil.

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    1. re: Nancy S.
      Parigi Mar 12, 2011 09:11 AM

      Place d'anvers
      Richard Lenoir
      You can look up their days and hours on line.

      This is a hypnotically recurrent question. I am surprised that you say the last discussion was 2008. Just this year alone I have answered this question so often it is absolutely Groundhog Day.
      Help Chowhound update? Either Chowhoudn should start an FAQ and/or fellow hounds should do better research
      There are others but you know, put your lil hand in maaaaaahn

    2. Pedr0 Mar 12, 2011 09:27 AM

      Marché Cours de Vincennes between boulevard Picpus and rue Arnold Netter, 12th Arr. Nation Metro stop, Porte de Vincennes. Wednesdays and Saturdays 8am-2:30pm.

      Rotisserie place with the potato balls cooking in duck fat is awesome. Woman making crêpes there is well worth checking too. Get there early as it's a popular one and gets very crowded.

      1. souphie Mar 12, 2011 09:39 AM

        To me the top three is definitely Richard Lenoir, Raspail on sundays (organic) and my local Blanqui. Saxe also a runner-up. And Vincennes. And for the permanent ones, Poncelet/Bayen is probably the best. Well, along with Aligre. That's three, right?

        Call me if you to shop with the natives. They say I'm one of them.

        1. Delucacheesemonger Mar 12, 2011 10:40 AM

          As you can see everyone's faves are different, mine are
          Richard Lenoir-Sunday better than Thurs
          Place d'Aligre-Most varied vegetables l have seen in Paris
          Rue Blanqui

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          1. re: Delucacheesemonger
            Ptipois Mar 12, 2011 12:01 PM

            My favorites are Cours de Vincennes, Saxe-Breteuil and some markets in the suburbs, particularly East (Champigny, Le Perreux, Charenton). Aligre too.

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              vielleanglaise Mar 12, 2011 01:56 PM

              "I want to shop with the natives" that would be Monoprix, Franprix, ED, Carrefour, Lidl....

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                Parigi Mar 12, 2011 01:57 PM


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                  vielleanglaise Mar 12, 2011 02:04 PM

                  I'm being flippant, but I'd say most "natives" do not shop at open air markets.

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                    mangeur Mar 12, 2011 05:04 PM

                    Or, from another angle, whenever I shop Monoprix, Franprix, et al, I am the odd man out. I would guess that close to 100% of the other shoppers are Parisians.

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                      mrbitterpants Mar 13, 2011 08:39 AM

                      Try heading out the banlieue and hitting up an Auchan. Definitely odd man out there!

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                      Busk Mar 12, 2011 05:15 PM

                      Because they can't afford it....

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                    Ptipois Mar 13, 2011 09:39 AM

                    And Picard.

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                      vielleanglaise Mar 13, 2011 10:00 AM

                      Picard, le ventre, froid, de Paris...

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                        mrbitterpants Mar 13, 2011 10:14 AM

                        I've always wanted to try it but I don't have a freezer. Perhaps this week.

                        Back on topic, my vote is for Richard Lenoir.

                2. Busk Mar 12, 2011 05:18 PM

                  Everyone seems to love Richard Lenoir, but you have to be careful there as there are some heavy scales being employed by a few of the vendors. The problems are mostly with a few of the vendors on the Opera side of the street.

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                    phyero Mar 12, 2011 05:55 PM

                    My favorite is really le marché Beauveau which is the covered market on rue d'Aligre. A must!

                    1. PBSF Mar 13, 2011 11:19 AM

                      Many of us shop at ones closest to where are living at; for me in the 14e are Edgar Quinet, Monrouge and the nearby Raspail on Sundays. When we were in the 3e, then it was Richard Lenoir. If I want to browse, Pl. d' Aligre and President Wilson.

                      1. Porthos Apr 23, 2011 08:38 AM

                        Are the sunday markets open on Sunday May 1st? Especially Rue Cler and Rue Montorgueil?

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                          souphie Apr 23, 2011 10:34 AM


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                          dimsumfan Apr 23, 2011 10:31 PM

                          Any markets at all open Sunday late afternoon/evening or Monday? Open shops in the Marais, perhaps?

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                            Parigi Apr 24, 2011 01:49 AM

                            Days and hours of all the Paris markets


                            (Bear in mind that when they say a market is closed at 3pm, they mean the garbage trucks come to hose em down at 3pm. The morning markets close at 1pm.)

                            1. re: dimsumfan
                              PBSF Apr 24, 2011 08:06 AM

                              Open markets open Sunday late afternoon/evening or Mondays? no
                              As for food shops in the Marais:
                              Sunday late afternoon/evening: most shops will be closed though some patisseries/boulangeries will stay open until late afternoon/early evenings. Also a few supermarkets such as Monoprix. I think the one (near the Marais) on r. Montorguell) is. Some shops will be open on Mondays: r. de Bretagne, r. de Rambuteau, r. Saint Antoine.

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