Sunday, September 27, 2009
I think back to countless guests coming into Paris to visit me and taking them to my nearby market which I have to admit I took for granted until recently, and having them look wide-eyed at me and say, "Is this stuff for real?" "How are the tomatoes so red?" "Look at how fresh and pretty everything looks!"
Tourists can't help but stop and take photos as they pass by the markets. It is just too surreal for some. I always thought this was funny - well I guess not always because when I was a student in Paris some years back, I too was snapping away taking photos of peaches, plums, melons, grapes, tomatoes, fish, cheese and much more. They were like those shiny magazine covers - photos you could almost eat.
But the Parisian, well he or she just thinks, "Oh, yeah, I just pop down the street to get those peaches that I forgot to buy earlier today." or "What is life without that fresh baguette."
So when you are thinking of places to stay in Paris, and if you love good food, you should definitely stay close to a market if you can. Not just for the food, but for the experience and buy, buy, buy and taste and enjoy because there is truly nothing like this experience.
Now here are a few of our favorite markets or market streets(keep in mind that in the pricier neighborhoods of Paris your produce will cost you more and isn't necessarily better).
Some markets are open daily and others are bi-weekly.
Enfant Rouge Market - 39 rue de Bretagne
Rue Mouffetard (metro: Censier Daubenton; everyday but Monday)
Rue Montorgueil (Everyday but Monday)
Rue Lepic (Everyday but Monday, near our Lepic Retreat, French Flair, & Lovely Lepic apartments as well as apartments around Abbesses)
Ave de St Ouen (Everyday but Monday; near Merveille de Montmartre, Prestigious Montmartre and Cozy Carpeaux)
Marche Bio des Batignolles - Blvd des Batignolles (on Saturdays)
Saint-Honoré Market (Wednesdays and Saturdays)
Popincourt Market (in Blvd Richard-Lenoir near our Modern Living apartment)
Marché Père-Lachaise (Tuesdays & Fridays, metro: Ménilmontant, nearby Sensational Servan)
Check out this list by district (there seem to be some missing however as they are not considered markets per say but have great produce vendors), from the Mairie de Paris: Paris Markets
Posted by Yetunde at 17:28
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