The Père Lachaise market takes place every Tuesday and Friday from 7 am to 2.30 pm in the vibrant Ménilmontant neighbourhood nestled between Saint Ambroise and Belleville. It is listed as being on Boulevard de Ménilmontant, between rue des Panoyaux and rue des Cendriers. This is the section I wandered along at first but then I realized it joins on to the marché de Belleville, a bustling street market full of vegetables, exotic fruits, clothing (equally exotic), spices, lengths of colourful fabric, and useful bits and bobs.
The Père Lachaise section contains stalls offering a selection of French cheeses, Mediterranean specialities, and fresh fish. The Belleville section is more of a haggling ground where prices are incredibly low – it is known as the cheapest market in Paris – and spririts are very high: dozens of languages can be heard; locals mingle, argue, laugh; and stallholders create a show with their strange cries willing you to buy their produce. Un euro! Un euro!
What: Marché Père Lachaise & Marché Belleville
Where: Boulevard de Ménilmontant
Cost: Free! (well, not if you want to buy some delicious mangoes etc...)
When: Tuesday and Friday 7 am to 2.30 pm
This market is perfect to visit if you are staying Sensational Servan, our fantastic loft in the Saint Ambroise neighbourhood.