Paris is home to many markets, these small, flexible outlets scattered across the city supplying fresh food to more than two million Parisians. Since the redevelopment of Halles, the largest all-market market in Paris in the 1970s, the large food market has moved out of Paris and relocated to the town of Rungis. With the changing times, department stores, supermarkets and grocery stores have gradually replaced the function of food markets. In addition, Paris has several well-known flea markets, as well as farmers’ markets that are only open at certain times of the week, as well as seasonal summer markets and the better-known Christmas market.
The markets, which have always been places of exchange of goods but also of ideas, have multiplied over the centuries, structuring the territory and animating the social life of the capital. The markets, at the heart of the life of Paris, have multiplied and diversified in particular to meet the expectations of customers in terms of organic food or extended opening hours. Very attractive for merchants as well as for Parisians, these very local shops contribute to the economic dynamism of their district. Parisians are attached to this heritage of old Paris: the markets remain a place of conviviality that all appreciate, at the heart of city life.
The history of the markets of Paris goes back to the Palu market in the Ile de la Cité in the heart of the 5th century Lutèce. In 1860, 51 reception centers for non-sedentary trade already existed. With the reopening of the Marché des Enfants Rouges, the oldest covered market in Paris, the creation of new markets and the opening of some of them in the afternoon, the city now has 95 markets, including flea markets and specialized markets. On August 1, 2006, the number of non-sedentary merchants was around 9,000 on all the Parisian markets.
Take a walk full of flavors to Parisians daily lives. Covered markets, outdoor markets, special markets (flea, flower, stamp…) find the market you need. Take the pulse of Paris and its region by discovering its markets, from fruit and vegetable stalls to fishmongers or creameries, via flower markets. Let yourself be caught up in the colors, the smells and the enticing merchants. Île-de-France is full of markets of all kinds and the identity of each reflects the soul of their district.
At the heart of Parisian life, the markets are places of conviviality that contribute to the economic dynamism of the district. The attraction of the markets, friendly places appreciated by Parisians, comes from their very strong integration into neighborhood life, which gives them a real role of animation and life. By this strong attractiveness, the market can also be the main commercial engine of the district and thus benefit all the surrounding sedentary traders.
In addition to allowing you to buy attractive items and taste products from all origins, the markets of Paris will give you a glimpse of the daily life of the inhabitants, and those which have existed for several decades will illustrate the history of the capital. Discover the friendly atmosphere of Paris through its markets. Organic, regional products, inexpensive foodstuffs… Find the addresses of the best markets in Paris for gourmet moments.
For their part, antique enthusiasts will absolutely want to visit the largest flea market in the world. Flea markets at the gates of Vanves, Clignancourt or Montreuil, markets specializing in stamps, flowers, books…
In all, 72 food markets discovered, including three organic ones (Batignolles, Brancusi, Raspail), offer Parisians a wide variety of fresh products. They are generally open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The 10 covered markets, where shopkeepers operate on designated pitches, are permanently open from Tuesday to Saturday all day and Sunday morning.
There are also markets specializing in flowers, birds or clothing, flea markets, as well as the two creation markets, where artists offer their original works, on Saturday Boulevard Richard-Lenoir and Sunday Boulevard Edgar-Quinet.
Given the growing demand from customers, linked to new lifestyles and in order to allow the markets to better adapt to this evolution and not be deserted, the City of Paris has created afternoon: Bercy, Baudoyer, Saint-Honoré (Wednesday afternoon), Anvers (Friday afternoon), Bourse (Tuesday and Friday afternoon), and Saint-Eustache Les Halles (Thursday afternoon). The creation of these afternoon markets should allow customers to stock up on weekdays and revitalize the more fragile markets. This is why other markets in the afternoon are planned to improve the offer and diversify the sources of supply.
The primary objective of the markets is to supply the Parisian population with fresh produce. The dealers are responsible for subscribing as a priority to traders in fresh food products, as well as in fresh products labeled “organic” according to the labels in force. The managers – private companies or Non-Sedentary Trade Office of the City of Paris – have the task of ensuring the operation, operation and organization of the open markets.
They collect market fees from merchants, according to rates established by deliberation in the Council of Paris. They are responsible for installing equipment, such as tarpaulins, made available to traders, as well as operating expenses such as electricity and water consumption. They are not responsible for cleaning, but pay a contribution to the City for the collection of waste from the markets. They also pay a fee to the city since they do not own the premises.
Immerse yourself in the heart of French gastronomy during a guided tour of a Parisian market: discover the history of the market and of a district, discuss with merchants and taste the best seasonal products with an expert food guide At the heart of Parisian life, food markets are places of conviviality and are a key element of French gastronomy. The guides invite you to share their daily life in Paris and discover some of these most renowned food markets for the quality of their products and the friendliness of their traders/craftsmen. Some examples: Batignolles market and Lévis street, Aligre market, Montorgueil district…
During the tour, the guides will tell you the history of the district visited, its market and the French culinary specialties filling the stalls. You will taste market products and also learn how to choose products according to their use and the season. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Parisian life and enjoy the “warm” atmosphere of these places filled with the history of French gastronomy. In addition, our charming Parisian guides will not hesitate to share their favorite cooking recipes throughout your gourmet guided walk in a Paris market.
To buy seasonal fruit and vegetables, local or artisanal products, go to the many food and specialty markets in Paris. The capital offers more than 80 food and specialty markets, distributed in all its districts. Whether specialized or not, indoors or outdoors, the markets are popular meeting places for Parisians. Some stalls are open in the afternoon, or even all day. There is a wide choice of fresh and organic products, for example at the famous Batignolles market or at Raspail market.
Maison Plisson is revolutionizing the Parisian gastronomic landscape. In a 1900 building on boulevard Beaumarchais, in the upper Marais, 500 m² are entirely dedicated to food. There is a jumble of a grocery store with 1,500 references, a cellar with 300 bottles, a bakery, a market under a covered hall. The restaurant and its terrace, in a locavore approach, offer on-site tastings of products from the adjoining market. A second address is available at 35 place du Marché Saint-Honoré (1st arrondissement) open every day.
The Aguesseau market is a small food market located on the Place de la Madeleine. We come here for its fruits and vegetables, its fish and shellfish and for its charcuterie.
A few steps from Parc Montsouris, this small market offers an organic bakery/pastry shop.
The Alibert market is located in the 10th arrondissement, a stone’s throw from the Saint-Louis hospital and a few minutes from the Saint-Martin canal. wine merchant, baker-pastry chef, roaster… are among the traders present.
Created in 2004, the Anvers food market is located at the foot of the Montmartre hill, between Pigalle and Barbès. About twenty traders are present every Friday afternoon. In particular, it offers a few stalls selling organic products.
Installed on a charming little square in the village of Auteuil, the stalls of this food market offer: fruit and vegetables, fish, florist, butcher… and many other traders.
Under the aerial metro, on Saturday mornings, the Boulevard de la Chapelle hosts a colorful market. Africans in boubous, lost night owls, Arabs in burnouses as well as young mothers and their children come here to get a watch, a scarf or simply fruit and vegetables at unbeatable prices.
With the July column of the Place de la Bastille in the background, you are in one of the largest Parisian markets. A hundred merchants offer a wide range of products.
Located a stone’s throw from the Hôtel de Ville and on the edge of the Marais, the Baudoyer food market is the first of the Parisian markets to open in the afternoon. The fifteen traders offer quality products: fish, market garden and dairy products, poultry, flowers…
LadiBIO is a primeur located in different districts of the capital: Batignolles, Montmartre, Porte de Saint-Ouen, Père Lachaise, Pelleport. On the stalls of LadiBIO, there are 100% organic products, from organic farming, of French origin and seasonal. Each month, a producer is in the spotlight.
Marché Beauvau – Marché d’Aligre
Between the Place de la Bastille and the Place de la Nation, is held, 6 days a week, the Beauvau market, also called the Aligre market (from the name of the square where it is located). The market is divided into 2 parts. The covered market, in very beautiful halls appreciated by lovers of architecture, is dedicated to food stalls on which we return pell-mell to brands such as the Aouba café, the Langlet-Hardouin cheese dairy, the Vegetarian Butcher or even the oils and spices from the Sur les Quais boutique. The outdoor market takes place on the square and even overflows into the rue d’Aligre. There is a food section and many second-hand goods dealers (household accessories, fabrics, old books, etc.).
Bercy Village is a few minutes from this small food market, where you can find organic fruits and vegetables.
Marché biologique Brancusi
Located a few steps from the Montparnasse tower, the Brancusi organic market offers fruits, vegetables, pastries, butter, cheeses and fish from organic farming.
Marché biologique des Batignolles
Much appreciated by Parisians, the Batignolles market welcomes the best of 100% organic products every Saturday. No criers here, everything happens in a calm and friendly atmosphere. On the stalls, seasonal fruits and vegetables are de rigueur. You can also buy flowers, olive oil soaps, organic antipasti from Sardinia, cheese, jam… All straight from the producer.
Located on Place de la Bourse, opposite the Palais Brongniart, this food market is one of the few markets in Paris to be open in the afternoon. Convenient for residents of the neighborhood as well as for workers leaving the many surrounding offices.
Located near the gate and the Puces de Vanves market, this food market offers food products on Boulevard Brune every Thursday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and every Sunday morning from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
This large market on rue de la Convention has around fifteen fruit and vegetable stalls, a few creamers…
Marché couvert Batignolles
The Batignolles covered market is held 6 days a week under a hall that dates from 1979. There are several caterers (Lebanese, Moroccan, African…), Italian and Iberian products and a few non-food stalls (jewellery, gifts, repairs…).
Marché couvert de Passy
Under a small shopping hall, the Passy food market is popular with gourmets. It has an excellent fishmonger’s, a Portuguese corner, a generous French cheese dairy…
Marché couvert des Ternes
The Ternes market is a very pleasant covered market, located in the 17th arrondissement. There is an excellent poultry shop, a fish shop, a cheese shop and a few non-food stalls.
Marché couvert La Chapelle
This food market is located in a Baltard-style pavilion. It is open 6 days a week and offers caterers, a tea room, a creamery, flowers, fruit and vegetables…
Marché couvert les Enfants Rouges
The covered market of the Red Children, created in 1615, has not aged a bit! The oldest food market in the capital is located in the Haut Marais, a stone’s throw from rue de Bretagne. Parisians and tourists stock up on fresh produce by taking advantage of the colorful and fragrant stalls. In a friendly and good-natured atmosphere, we improvise a lunch break at the Italian grocery store, at the organic stand, at the Lebanese caterer or even at the Japanese snack bar. On Sundays, brunch lovers rush to the Estaminet, a restaurant nestled in the heart of the market, or to La Petite Fabrique.
Marché couvert Saint-Didier
This small market is located in the elegant 16th arrondissement, between Place Victor Hugo and Place du Trocadéro. In addition to the food stalls, there is a pizzeria, ready-to-wear…
Marché couvert Saint-Germain
The Saint-Germain covered market is held under beautiful arcades. Open 6 days a week, there are fruit and vegetable sellers, grocery stores, fishmongers, roasters and sellers of international products (Iberian, Italian, Greek…). A glance (or even more…) is essential at the counter of cheesemonger Michel Sanders.
Marché couvert Saint-Martin
Built in 1859, then rebuilt in 1880, the Saint-Martin covered market has Baltard-style architecture. The visitor discovers a Moroccan restaurant, an organic grocery store, a few caterers…
Marché couvert Saint-Quentin
This large food market is located between the Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est, on Boulevard Magenta. You can find everything there: caterers (Italian, African, Portuguese, Asian, Moroccan, Lebanese…), several butchers, 2 florists, 1 cafeteria… and even a clothing alteration stand and a shoemaker.
Located in the 12th arrondissement, the Daumesnil market, with its almost 1,500 linear meters, is the longest market in Paris. Organic products, about thirty fruit and vegetable stalls, many fishmongers… There are also non-food stalls.
How chic to go to the market just a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower! There are several florists (including one organic), many fruit and vegetable stalls, a few non-food shops…
Marché Jean Jaurès
The Jean Jaurès market is located in the popular and cosmopolitan district of La Villette. A few fruit and vegetable and fish stalls are among the shops available.
The small Maubert food market has 45 places located on the edge of Boulevard Saint-Germain. It includes organic fruits and vegetables.
In the heart of the Latin Quarter, the Monge market has existed since 1921! Meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, organic products, cheeses, wines, flowers… are offered by the forty traders present.
This small market is held twice a week to the east of Paris, at the gates of the commune of Bagnolet. There are fruits, vegetables, fish and two florists.
The Mouton-Duvernet food market is located between Alésia and Denfert-Rochereau, and a few minutes from the gourmet rue Daguerre. You can find organic fruits and vegetables here.
The Ordener market is located in the 18th arrondissement of the capital, a stone’s throw from Square Clignancourt. There are the usual stalls of Parisian food markets.
Marché Père Lachaise
At the entrance to the Ménilmontant district, the charming little Père-Lachaise food market offers fruit and vegetables, charcuterie, cheese…
Marché Place des Fêtes
Perched on the heights of the 19th arrondissement, this large market occupies Place des Fêtes, three times a week. The traders are numerous and varied: market gardeners, organic florists, bakers-pastry chefs, butchers, creamers…
The Port-Royal market, which stretches along the Val-de-Grâce hospital, is one of the friendliest in the capital. It has a few stalls of organic products.
The Pyrénées food market is held two days a week behind the Père-Lachaise cemetery. This traditional market and its thirty traders offer a large number of fruit and vegetable stalls, including one exclusively organic. Other products (fish, cheese, flowers…) are available.
Held a few minutes from the Bon Marché Rive Gauche, in the very chic 6th arrondissement, the Raspail market is a traditional market 2 days a week. On Sundays, it turns into an organic market with around fifty traders certified for the quality of their products.
Marché Saint-Eustache – Les Halles
Located in the heart of Paris, this small food market, inaugurated in 2005, has around twenty beginners offering fruit and vegetables (organic for some), cosmetics, meats, wines…
All around the glass building of the Place du Marché Saint-Honoré, designed by Ricardo Bofill, extends this food market. Since 2003, it has offered greengrocers, bakers, caterers, jewellery, stoles and clothing sellers.
Saxe-Breteuil is a food market located behind the Ecole Militaire and the UNESCO headquarters. It has, among other things, many fruit and vegetable stalls.
Marché sur l’eau
This one-of-a-kind market in Paris offers eco-citizens fruit and vegetables produced in Seine-et-Marne and transported by barge via the Ourcq canal. Adopting the principle of short circuits, the water market promotes market gardening that respects the environment, people and products. Basket subscription and retail sale, in Pantin and Paris.
The Télégraphe market is held in the street of the same name, between Belleville and Ménilmontant. Medium in size, there are about fifteen stalls (cheese, butcher, bakery, pastry shop, fishmonger…).
This medium-sized food market is held a stone’s throw from Place du Colonel Fabien, where visitors can admire a monumental building designed by the architect Oscar Niemeyer.