Top Ten Paris Food Markets
Let yourself be captivated by the colours, the smells, and the shrewd traders! The Paris region is overflowing with markets of all kinds and the identity of each reflects the soul of its neighbourhood. It's your opportunity to catch Parisians in their everyday life and relish an excursion full of flavour.
The belly of Paris
Emile Zola nicknamed it the "belly of Paris." Established for eight centuries in the centre of Paris, Paris's largest market quit Les Halles and moved to Rungis in the south of the capital in 1969. Today a dedicated wholesale market, you can visit it very early in the morning for a guided tour offered by Cultival. Thousands of tons of goods transit daily through the 234 hectares of the world's largest fresh produce supplier.
Marché de Rungis : 1 rue de la Tour, 94152 Rungis
Discover Rungis Market from the inside
Just a stone's throw from the original location of the old Les Halles market is the Rue Montorgueil, a street market that is today frequented by many Parisians. Pedestrian from top to bottom, the street is one of the most pleasant of the capital. You'll find delis, greengrocers, butchers, fishmongers and many restaurant terraces, making for a truly gourmet promenade.
Marais world tour
Paris's oldest covered market is hidden in the Upper Marais. A listed historical monument, the Marché des Enfants-Rouge is a trendy spot where you can enjoy a bite at one of the many friendly terraces serving fresh produce prepared to recipes imported from all over the world (Italian, Lebanese, Japanese…).
Food and friends
Farther north, near the Place de la République, the small covered market of Saint-Martin stocks French produce and hosts quality food stands interspersed with increasingly popular counters where you can share a meal with friends.
The sweet spot
The Aligre market is one of the least expensive of Paris, and the only one that is held every day (except Mondays). Next to the stalls run by small producers, venture into the covered Beauvau hall which contains excellent vendors, from butchers to cheesemongers… or go bargain hunting in the flea market on the other side of the square. Then follow local customs and finish up at the Baron Rouge (1 rue Théodore-Roussel) with a glass of wine and a platter of cheese, or oysters.
Just a few minutes from Paris by metro, the Saint-Denis market, heir to the medieval Lendit fair, has maintained its tradition as an important shopping and community hub. There are more than 70 food stands concentrated in the main hall, ranging from market gardeners to exotic produce. You will find fruits, vegetables, produce and spices typical of Italy, Portugal, Spain and North Africa.
Marché Saint-Denis : 6 Place Victor Hugo, 93200 Saint-Denis
Small producer paradise
More than one hundred traders set-up along the Boulevard Richard-Lenoir, constituting one of the city's largest markets. Selling everything from fresh traditional produce to hardware, the Bastille market is as long as it is eclectic.
Aficionados of organic produce and of small producers, you've found your paradise here, in the middle of the Boulevard des Batignolles. Modest and decorous in tone, the Batignolles organic market also guarantees the provenance of its merchandise.
Meanwhile, the Edgar-Quinet market is a large traditional market with a peaceful atmosphere, typical of the Left Bank, which stretches as far as the Montparnasse Tower. Your well-stocked shopping basket will appreciate the market gardeners!
A royal market
In the heart of Versailles, on the right bank, is the oldest covered marketplace of the Paris region, built on the site of Louis XV's marketplace, and like in the old days it is divided into sections devoted to seafood, meat, vegetables, etc. The Notre-Dame market is also close to a pleasant village of antique dealers, who like to sit and chat in the surrounding cafes and restaurants.
Marché Notre-Dame : Rue de la Paroisse, 78000 Versailles