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The most beautiful weekly markets in Paris

The Marché de Barbès is located in the 18th arrondissement on the Boulevard de la Chapelle. It is always open on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. As for fruit and vegetable prices, the Marché de Barbès is one of the cheapest markets in Paris. Above all, it impresses with its exotic products, specialties and spices from all over the world as well as its multicultural flair, which can certainly be explained by the fact that the African quarter of Paris is not far away.

You can visit the Barbès market after a stroll through the Montmartre district. Here you will feel a great, incomparable flair and meet almost only locals.

A little hint: If you really want to shop cheaply, you should stop by the market shortly before the end of the day. Because then the dealers sell the goods they still have at unbeatable prices!

A similarly cheap and multinational market is that Marché Belleville on the Boulevard de Belleville in the 20th arrondissement, which is open every Tuesday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. In recent years, the Belleville market has become increasingly popular and is now one of the most beautiful markets in Paris. If you go to the Marché de Belleville, you should definitely visit the Lebanese stand with fresh and homemade specialties, highly recommended!

After visiting the Belleville market, you can visit the nearby famous Parisian Père Lachaise cemetery (approx. 20 minutes' walk).

2. The Marché d’Aligre

The most traditional market in Paris is very likely the Marché d'Aligre on Place d’Aligre in the 12th arrondissement. It takes place in a huge market hall and the open-air square in front of it. It always takes place from Tuesday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays you can visit the market until 2:30 p.m. and buy fruit and vegetables as well as other food, junk and household goods.

A detour to the stand of La Marée Beauvau with its fresh fish and seafood is highly recommended. The market is ideal for a nice stroll on the weekend. When the weather is nice, you can make yourself comfortable on the surrounding terraces!

A stone's throw from the Aligre market, you reach an extraordinary place in Paris: The Promenade Plantée: an urban hiking trail that was laid out on a railway line that was closed in 1969.

3. The Marché on Rue Mouffetard

The is located in a very nice district of Paris Marché Mouffetard, which is located at the entrance of the very popular pedestrian street of the same name, Rue Mouffetard, in the 5th arrondissement. The market on this lively street is always open Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday afternoons from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In addition to numerous delicatessen shops, this street is known for its numerous bars and cafes as well as its attractive location near the Panthéon and the Jardins du Luxembourg. Since several sub-universities of the Sorbonne are not far away, Rue Mouffetard is a popular place to stay for Parisian students.

4. The Marché des enfants rouges

The Marché des enfants rouges is the oldest market in Paris and has existed since 1615. Its name can be traced back to a small orphanage that was located on the site of today's market in the 16th century. The little residents wore red clothes, hence the name “The Red Children's Market!

In addition to fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese and baked goods, the covered market also offers numerous restaurant stands with food from all over the world.

Japanese, Antillean, Italian, Lebanese or French cuisine, there is guaranteed to be something for you! Great ambience and very tasty! An absolute must is Alain Miam Miam's stand, where you can try rich, delicious organic sandwiches.

The Marché des enfants rouges is always open Tuesday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., on Sundays it closes at 2 p.m. Incidentally, the market is located in the Marais district, which impresses with its exciting history, wonderful buildings and beautiful trendy boutiques. Definitely worth a stop after visiting the market!

5th Marché des Batignolles

The Marché des Batignolles is located in the 17th arrondissement of Paris on the Boulevard des Batignolles between the metro stations Rome and Place de Clichy. For several years now, the Marché des Batignolles has been a highlight among the organic markets in Paris. Organic markets with their fruit and vegetable sellers, bakery stalls, sausage, cheese and fish sellers are very popular in Paris.

Here you will meet the residents of the district looking for fresh organic products, families with prams or young couples who value the quality and origin of their food. At the stands, people philosophize about the last recipe for pumpkin bread and ask how old vegetables can be made popular again.

At the market, which is always open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., there is a stand with fresh herbs that offers freshly squeezed juices with these herbs. How about a basil-thyme juice, for example?

More organic markets in Paris

Since the Marché des Batignolles is a bit expensive, I recommend two other options from organic markets in Paris.

  • The Marché Raspail is located between the Sèvres-Babylone and Rennes metro stations on Boulevard Raspail. It is always open on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is considered the chicest market in Paris.
  • It is very small, but just as organic as the first two markets Marché Brancusi on Place Brancusi at the Gaité metro station. Open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Last but to least, I would like to give two other tips along the way. These are not weekly markets, but I think you will like them too!

  • The food market : This is about something quite extraordinary! Twice a month (every Thursday) this great food festival takes place on Boulevard Belleville. Stalls will be set up all over the boulevard where you can try specialties from all over the world. A nice invitation for a culinary journey!
  • The Fête des AOP: AOP is a special quality designation for French wines and cheeses. The Fête des AOP is a great event dedicated to cheese. Once a year, from November 16 to 18, it takes place on the Place de l‘Hôtel de Ville. Under a huge marquee you will meet the best French cheeses, which you can taste and of course buy. A real paradise for all gourmets and cheese lovers! And best of all, entry is free!

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