At the Parisian markets, I’m still somewhere between an observer and a user; I guess, but I love all Parisian markets, from the scattered outside stalls that invade Belleville streets a few times a week, to the pomp of Saxe Breteuil, a sort of grand and glossy food parade, which appears to be held in honour of the Eiffel Tower and gentle 7th-arrondisement living.
Marche des Enfants Rouges
Definely the cutest and most charming Parisian market, it’s also the oldest covered market in the city, created from an ex-orphanage (the name comes from the red uniforms the children used to wear). You feel as though you’re entering a little village as you wander past not only food stalls but also snack bars, cafes and bistros, slowing you down deliciously. L’Estaminet des Enfants Rouges is the best-known bistro, but you can also grab a crepe or a good old jambon beurre at more humble establishments. And for when you want to take home but necessarily cook at all, there’s a great choice of traiteurs, including Lebanese, Italian, Japanese and Moroccan. Outside, the rue de Bretagne is also a foodie hotspot.
From Tuesday to Sunday – 39, rue de Bretagne – Paris 3rd
Every Sunday – At the crossroads of rue du Cherche midi and rue de Rennes – Paris 6th