Many Parisians (especially among the older generations) abstain from buying fresh produce, cheese, meat and fish from their corner supermarket, and for good reason: traditional Paris food markets count in the dozens, with several open one or more days a week in every neighborhood. Market products are often fresher, more flavorful, and less expensive than supermarket counterparts. It can also be a lot more environmentally friendly since the fresh fruit and produce in particular tends to come from local farms.
Traditional Cries & Vibrant Colors
Not to mention that the Paris market experience is always a colorful and stimulating one. Fruit vendors call out the latest bargains in traditional singsong jingles and cries, coaxing you to come sample a juicy wedge of tangerine or garden tomato. At the cheese stand, you can solicit an expert opinion on which goat cheese is best paired with the wine you bought. If you're learning French, hitting the local Paris food markets or "farmers'" markets can be a great way to practice and interact. Even if you're staying in a hotel, why not take a whirl and browse the market, buying a little fresh fruit for breakfast or cheese to go with your baguette? I also recommend heading to the open-air or covered markets to get stocked up for spring or summer picnics in Paris. You'll be surprised at how wonderful a meal composed from simple, fresh and inexpensive ingredients can be-- and no doubt pleased at having foregone yet another expensive restaurant bill.
Which Markets are the Best?
Some of the most reputed and pleasant temporary Paris food markets include the Aligre market (12th arrondissement), Bastille market (11th arrondissement) the Maubert Market and Place Monge Market (both in the 5th arrondissement). For the health-conscious, an all-organic food market takes over the Marché Raspail (6th arrondissement) every Sunday morning, and the Batignolles market on Saturday morning.
Meanwhile, the St-Quentin covered market near Gare de L'Est (10th arrondissement) is the largest covered market in Paris, and always full of noisy energy (and fantastic food). Devoted foodies should consider heading to these spots. However, most traditional Paris farmer's markets offer a good level of quality and variety. If you want a quaint look at what's available in the neighborhood you're staying in, find a nearby Paris food market below.
Markets Neighborhood by Neighborhood
To quickly locate a traditional Paris food market near you, click on the arrondissement (district) you're in or will be staying in during your trip (scroll down to choose the arrondissement). You can easily figure out what arrondissement you're in by looking at any street sign, located on corner buildings. Note that these lists do not concern permanent outdoor markets such as those found on Rue Montorgueil or Rue Mouffetard. Read more about permanent Paris street food markets here.
1st Arrondissement: Markets in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris (around Louvre/Tuileries/Chatelet): These are great markets to hit when you find yourself in the very center of the city.
2nd Arrondissement: Markets in the 2nd Arrondissement of Paris (around Bourse/Rue Montorgueil): Head for these markets between shopping in the city's traditional arcades and strolling through some of the capital's loveliest cobbled pedestrian market streets.
3rd Arrondissement: Markets in the 3rd Arrondissement of Paris (around Temple/Arts et Metiers): Head to one of these after visiting the delightfully curious Musee des Arts et Metiers, the city's historic science and industry museum.
4th Arrondissement: Markets in the 4th Arrondissement of Paris (around the Marais/Metro St. Paul/Hotel de Ville/Notre Dame Cathedral): You may want to pick up some fresh fruit for dessert from one of these vendors after sampling some of the area's world-class falafel.
5th Arrondissement: Markets in the 5th Arrondissement of Paris (around St-Michel/Pantheon/Rue Mouffetard): Hungry after a stroll through the historic Latin Quarter?
Find all the fixings for an impromptu picnic on the Seine at one of these markets.
6th Arrondissement Markets in the 6th Arrondissement of Paris (near St-Germain-des-Pres): Boutique shopping and cafe-going make us all hungry-- here's where to beeline for delicious, fresh specialties around St-Germain.
7th Arrondissement: Markets in the 7th Arrondissement of Paris (near Eiffel Tower/Musee d'Orsay): This district is famous for its iconic tower, but beware of tourist trap food stands. Instead, head for these high-quality markets, trusted by the locals.
8th Arrondissement: Markets in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris (near the Champs-Elysees/Madeleine/Concorde): Similar to the 7th, the 8th is a tourist-heavy area whose food stands can disappoint. Here's where to find the good stuff.
9th Arrondissement: Markets in the 9th Arrondissement of Paris (near Opera Garnier/Grands Boulevards): This district is increasingly becoming a major draw card among the foodie ilk, especially in the areas around Rue des Martyrs.
10th Arrondissement: Markets in the 10th Arrondissement of Paris (near the Canal St. Martin/Gare du Nord/Gare de L'Est): These markets are especially good for those seeking specialties from North and West Africa.
11th Arrondissement Markets in the 11th Arrondissement of Paris (near Bastille/Rue Oberkampf/Republique/Voltaire): The open-air vendors in this district, including at the coveted Aligre market, are well-known among the locals for their excellent produce, bread, fresh fish and flowers.
12th Arrondissement: Markets in the 12th Arrondissement of Paris (near Gare de Lyon/Bercy): If you hop off the train from Nice or Avignon and want to head straight for an open-air vendor nearby, here's your ideal list.
13th Arrondissement: Markets in the 13th Arrondissement of Paris (near Place d'Italie/Gobelins): Make sure to visit the nearby, vibrant Chinatown around Avenue des Gobelins after a stroll through one of these markets.
14th Arrondissement: Markets in the 14th Arrondissement of Paris (near Montparnasse/Denfert-Rochereau): This sleepy residential district is prized among Parisians for its excellent, high-quality food vendors-- and the pop up-markets on this list are no different.
15th Arrondissement: Markets in the 15th Arrondissement of Paris (near Porte de Versailles/Commerce): Few tourists venture into this charming district of south Paris, but if you happen to be roaming around there, beeline to these excellent pop-up markets.
16th Arrondissement: Markets in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris (near Palais de Tokyo/Porte Maillot/Passy): This chic district in the far west harbors some excellent markets-- but be prepared to pay steeper prices at most.
17th Arrondissement: Markets in the 17th Arrondissement of Paris (near Place de Clichy/Batignolles): Another adorable but little-known district, this area resembles a village-- as does its local markets.
18th Arrondissement: Markets in the 18th Arrondissement of Paris (near Montmartre/Barbes/La Goutte d'Or): Avoid the bland and overpriced fare offered by tourist-trap places on and around the Sacre Coeur, and beeline to these local vendors instead. The Goutte d'Or area is excellent if you're looking for authentic food products from West Africa.
19th Arrondissement: Markets in the 19th Arrondissement of Paris (near Buttes-Chaumont/Quai de Seine/La Villette): Place des Fetes is the site of a particularly popular market in this hilly northeastern district.
20th Arrondissement: Markets in the 20th Arrondissement of Paris (near Belleville/Charonne/Gambetta): If you make it up to this area, coveted by hip professionals with families but little-known by tourists, these are the best places for fresh fruit, vegetables, bread and more.