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Markets of Paris

A Paris market stall on eatlivetravelwrite.comThose of you who have been reading for a while or who follow me on Twitter or Instagram already know that when I am on vacation, I spend a lot of my time in markets.

Tomatoes at Paris markets on eatlivetravelwrite.comIt’s likely that I will have spent a lot of time researching the locations, hours and days of operation to make sure that I don’t miss out.

Tomato varieties at Paris markets on eatlivetravelwrite.comFor me, there’s nothing more disappointing than arriving in a town or neighbourhood when the market is just packing up or when you’ve missed it by a day and you won’t be around for the following week’s.

Produce at paris markets on eatlivetravelwrite.comEspecially when we travel in rural France, Neil and I are very careful to map our activities around the market days in the various towns we are visiting. I think there’s no better way to get a feel for a place than to spend a morning in a market, looking at what’s on offer and checking out what people buy.

Potatoes and rhubarb at Paris Markets on eatlivetravelwrite.comFor me, the sights and sounds of a market in full swing are on par with a great exhibition or monument. But that’s just me. I could spend every single day in a market and never get bored… There really is something for everyone…

carrots at Paris markets on eatlivetravelwrite.comCheese at Paris markets on eatlivetravelwrite.com Cheese and butter at Paris markets on eatlivetravelwrite.com(yes, that’s a big old hunk of butter on the right…)

At various Paris markets on eatlivetravelwrite.comShopping in Paris markets on eatlivetravelwrite.comShopping at the market is a deliberate act. It can take much longer than a regular trip to the supermarket. But that’s the beauty of it!

Shopping at Paris markets on eatlivetravelwrite.comSaucisson at Paris markets on eatlivetravelwrite.com eggs at Paris markets on eatlivetravelwrite.com Baguettes at a Paris market on eatlivetravelwrite.com English muffins at Marche Raspail on eatlivetravelwrite.comYes at the Marché Raspail, you can get incredible English muffins that I have been lucky enough to taste!

Something you might not know is that Paris markets often house the best fast food ever. Poulet Rôti.

Strolling the Paris markets on eatlivetravelwrite.com Poulet roti at Paris markets on eatlivetravelwrite.comThose potatoes down the bottom? Um, yeah, they are cooked in the chicken drippings. Heavenly.

Don’t forget to check out the bric-a-brac markets too… You never know what you might find…

Bric a brac at Paris markets on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd, of course, don’t forget to stop, look around you and take it all in. Like these guys.

Weekly meeting at Marche Aligre on eatlivetravelwrite.comI’ve written about some of my favourite Paris markets for Food Network Canada but a website you might find handy if you are heading to Paris and want to plan in advance is Discover France which has a comprehensive list of outdoor and covered markets listed by arrondissement.  There is also a detailed list in French on the Paris Connect site of the markets in each arrondissement.

One offline resource I’d suggest you buy before you go and take along with you for quick reference on the fly is the fabulous “The Markets of Paris” by Dixon Long and  Marjorie Williams.

Markets-of-Paris-coverOrganised, as any decent Paris guide should be, by arrondissements, this book doesn’t just cover food markets – there’s also information on antiques, crafts, books, stamps, bric-a-brac, passages couverts and much more. It’s a pocket sized book that I carried with me last summer – I referred to it constantly and lucked out finding new-to-me markets a couple of times when I found myself with a spare morning or afternoon – I checked out the book to see what was going on where and you can be sure that most days there’s something to be discovered.  My mum and my sister and many friends used the book over the past couple of years and they’ve all been pretty impressed too. It’s been well loved (and will be again next summer!).

But don’t just take my word for it – purchase Markets of Paris for yourself on Amazon or Amazon Canada. Or for free worldwide shipping, buy from The Book Depository. If you’re planning a trip to Paris (or even if you’re just dreaming of it) you’ll find this indispensable.  I’ve already started filling in my calendar for July with the market days and times in various neighbourhoods ;)

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Disclosure: I have not received compensation for writing this post. I purchased Markets of Paris because I had heard good things about it. And since I think it’s fabulous, I just wanted to share it with you!

 

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10 Responses to Markets of Paris

  1. Mr. Neil February 18, 2014 at 07:59 #

    Lest Mardi leave you with the impression it’s mostly foodstuffs…

    Mr. Neil spent much time at a “knife” stall. Where else can you ogle several options of saucisson knife? (I ended up getting an Opinel with a cigale etched into the handle -mais oui!)

    We’ve also gotten various kitchen items, as you’d suspect.

    And of course, clothes. Now you may not be in the mood to pick out knickers in an open market, but hats and stripey tops – of course. ;-)

  2. Katja February 18, 2014 at 08:19 #

    Shopping, or just strolling through markets is one of my favourite things to do every time we’re back in France. Lovely photos!

  3. Marjorie R. Williams February 18, 2014 at 09:39 #

    Merci bien, Mardi! Delighted by your enthusiasm for the book. And the markets. We are cut from same cloth when it comes to an appreciation for all the goodies & experiences to be found there. Gorgeous photos.

  4. Quyen Nguyen (@LiveItinerantly) February 18, 2014 at 12:56 #

    I love, love, love Parisian markets. We had so much fun picking up fresh food for picnics every day for lunch. Saved us a lot of money and we were able to be outside in the lovely gardens.

    • Mardi Michels March 7, 2014 at 20:31 #

      Picnics are so much fun when you’ve shopped at the markets!

  5. Geoff February 18, 2014 at 16:09 #

    Lovely post again, Mardi. Actually, given the amount of time spent shopping, it’s a wonder Parisians have any time to eat.
    But, as you say, a market is a great way to spend half a day. Lovely pics too.

    • Mardi Michels March 7, 2014 at 20:31 #

      Eating and shopping for food – is there any better way to pass time?

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