Best food markets in Paris

Old Sep 5th, 2015, 09:00 AM
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Best food markets in Paris

We want to spend a little time browsing street markets, market streets, and interesting food halls. We are staying in an apartment in the 16th and will want to have some food on hand, such as fruit, cheese, pastries, chocolates, and even charcuterie and takeaway for picnics or eating at the apartment.
We like to take photos and admire the beautiful displays, as well as purchase items.
We will be exploring different areas everyday, so I am open to suggestions, especially if they are near other interesting sights.

I read about the following market streets--Rue Montorgueil, Rue Mouffetard, and Rue Cler.

I see that La Grande Epicerie is a food hall at Le Bon Marche.

Please comment on these as well as listing some of your favorites, including daily street markets.

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Old Sep 5th, 2015, 10:50 AM
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La Grande Epicerie is where you go to find just about anything gourmet, and a little more (

According to "The Food Lover's Guide to Pais", there are a total of 82 markets (69 open-air and 13 covered).

Popular covered markets in Paris include:
Marché Bastille in the 11th
Marché Batignolles (organic) in the 8th
Marché Beauvau-St Antoine in the 12th
Marché Belleville in the 11th
Marché Couvert Saint-Martin in the 10th
Marché des Enfants Roughes in the 3rd
Marché Maubert in the 5th
Marché Poncelet-Bayen in the 17th
Marché Président Wilson / Cours de la Reine in the 16th
Marché Raspail in the 6th
Marché Saxe-Breteuil in the 7th
Rue Cler in the 7th
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La Grande Epicerie isn't like a roving street market, it's just a grocery store, more or less. It is nice for some specialty items if you are in the neighborhood. No special displays. The stuff you are seeking is pretty routine stuff, and you can't really go all the way across town for a croissant in the morning. And bread/pastries don't keep very long. I never seek out bakeries across town, just go to whatever is around where I am staying.

There is a pedestrian market street in the 16th, rue de l'Annonciation, which is permanent. Haven't been there in a while so can't comment on it extensively re food. It has other kinds of shops, also, not just food (so does Mouffetard). There is also a permanent market street in the 14th, rue Daguerre. Not as upsacle as rue Cler, of course. And in the 6th, rue de Buci is a very wellknown market street, also.

I would not go to the far away locations you name just to buy food ever if I were in the 16th. Rue St Charles in the 15th arrondisement has several good food specialty stores and they do have a roving street market twice a week (W and Fri). the roving street market on bd Edgar Quinet in the 14th is excellent (Wed and Sat) for food IMO, and there is also a good roving market on bd Grenelle (Wed and Sun) in the 15th.

There are roving street markets in every arrondisement, including the 16th, which has 6 of them (eg, just one is the President Wilson one near metros Alma/Iena on Wed and Sat). The 16th arr is quiet large, so hard to know which one would be closest to you. I do think some are a bit better than others (Richard Lenoir is good, I also think the Quinet one is), but for the things you name, they probably all have something.

There is also a permanent covered food market at place du Passy in the 16th, open every day but Mon-Tues, as well as one near Victor Hugo which isn't open Sunday (St Didier market).

Some places I mentioned

The paris tourist office website has info on markets
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This is the website I use to check which markets (outdoor and covered) are open on any specific day, provided by the Mairie de Paris (City of Paris)
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It is ridiculous to crisscross the city looking for markets. Most people will find that the best street market or the best market street is the one the closest to where they are staying.
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My girl friend and I found everything we needed in our neighborhood when I as last in Paris. There was a patisserie right around the corner where we picked up a snack every afternoon on our way back to the hotel.

There was a Monoprix a few blocks away and we got snacks, yogurt, and bread everyday. Fresh baked bread. We also could walk to Le Bon Marche but it was a bit of a trek. I got some "gourmet" salts for my brother and SIL for Christmas and they loved them.

There was also a Franprix very close and they had the roasting chickens and potatoes out on the sidewalk every day. Smelled so good but of course when we were getting back to the hotel they were all sold out.

There was a couple of street markets too. We happeded to hit them and there was good stuff there. We didn't have a kitchen so were limited on what we could buy.

You don't need to run all over town to get good stuff.
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If you enter the address of where you're staying on GoogleMaps you can - and should - search for any of the following, which will save you alot of trouble:
supermarche (supermarket)
traiteur (fancy deli)
boucherie (butcher, usually rotisserie chickens)
primeur, maraicher (fancy fruit and veg)
patisserie/boulangerie (bakery, pastry shop)
epicerie, alimentation (corner grocery)

The shops in the "street markets" often close during the middle of the day and reopen later. I wouldn't cross town to visit any of them - have seen most in Paris - but would look for the nearest open air market and go there instead. If you can't manage to get there when those are open, find the nearest large Monoprix - you'll be delighted with the selection there.

If you're staying anywhere near the President Wilson market that would be my pick for the best one in Paris.
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As others have said, no need to traipse all over. In fact, there is very little difference amongst them. Now, there was a thread here about tours of the Rungis wholesale market which replaced Les Halles. That I would make an effort to see, but it's not open to the public. You must arrange to take a tour (very early in the morning). The cheese hall sounded divine !
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The President Wilson market is indeed lovely -- it is also the most expensive street market in Paris.
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I don't think the OP has the intention of running all over town to shop at markets for small daily needs. If he or she is anything like me, they would be very happy to walk a market street or two, and visit an outdoor market. Some of us enjoy these things and don't have them in our home cities. And if we buy a little fruit, or cheese, or some jam, so much the better.

Enjoy the markets, Barb. We have visited a market street and/or outdoor market on every trip to Paris. Love the shops and the stalls, and we enjoy looking as much as buying.

I have this book, and Patricia Wells, too.
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Tuscanlifeedit--Thanks for your response--you got exactly that I am looking not so much for a place to buy some provisions, but the experience of walking the shops and stalls to view the familiar and unfamiliar things on offer, with the bonus of buying a few things along the way.

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You certainly don't need a book to find markets -- if you walk around Paris, you should stumble across several every day. Of course the outer areas of Paris have at least twice as many as the unpopulated tourist zone in the center.
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