If you want to experience Paris as a true Parisian you cannot miss the large variety of markets located in the French capital. Meeting and exchange points since ancient times, these markets offer the visitors a wide range of products and an endless number of possibilities to know first-hand the Parisian life and French cuisine. Now, high-speed trains of Renfe-SNCF en Coopération leave you only a few minutes away from the most popular and picturesque markets. Stroll around their stalls and be ready to find surprising and unimaginable goods.
Paris has numerous markets. Actually it might be said there is one for each type of product: antiques, fruit and vegetables, textile products and even birds! Do you want to know which the essential are? We tell you following those you cannot miss under any circumstances:
Marché aux puces (Flea Market)
It is one of the oldest markets of the city and one of the busiest. It is a complex of approximately 3.000 stalls and open-air shops thus being the largest market of Europe. It is located in the north, near the district of Montmartre, and due to its vast dimensions it requires enough time if you want to find real bargains.
It hides all kind of antiques, clothes, accessories, furniture and other vintage objects. For this reason, it is a must visit, especially if you are a fan of old-school objects and you want to experience the most bohemian Paris. It open its doors on Mondays from 11.00 to 18.00, on Saturdays from 9.00 to 18.00 and on Sundays from 10.00 to 18.00.
It is known for offering high-quality handicraft and typical fresh products of the region at very competitive prices. It is undoubtedly the best choice for those who want to taste the Parisian delicacies without spending much money. In addition, it is located in the 7th arrondissement, near the Eiffel Tower, so it is a point of passage for all tourists.The market opens from Thursday to Saturday.
Located a few meters away from the Bastille square, it’s an open-air market offering visitors a wide range of fresh products at a reasonable price: fruit, vegetables, cheese, cold meat and even mature wines. It has about 115 food stalls offering more products than any supermarket in town.
It opens on Thursday from 7.00 to 14.30 and Sunday from 7.00 to 15.00.
Marché les Enfants Rouges
It was first opened in 1928 and became the first market of Paris. It is a covered market offering a wide range of food products and it is a perfect choice for those wishing to taste food from around the world.
It is located in the Marais district and opens from Tuesday to Saturday from 8.30 to 19.30, and Sundays from 8.30 to 14.00.
Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux
This market is open every day of the week and is one of the loveliest. It is placed in the city center, on the island of la Cité and offers all kind of plants, flowers and garden products. Besides, Sundays is filled with bird traders selling pigeons, parakeets, cockatoos and other species.
Close to the emblematic Sacre-Coeur this open-air market specializes in fabrics and textile products. It is perfect for fashion lovers and for those wishing to find any fabric type or haberdashery products. The streets of Orsel, Livingstone and Pierre Picard are home to a large number of fabric shops offering fabric by the meter or hand-made products.
Feel like a true Parisian and discover the hidden corners of these incredible shopping points. By your ticket to Paris in Renfe-SNCF en Coopération and plan your route through the Parisian markets!