"Becoming Madame: Parisian guide to outdoor markets"

Becoming Madame: Parisian guide to outdoor markets

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A comprehensive local guide to Paris's best outdoor markets, arranged by arrondissement to help you easily find the closest Parisian market to you.

As the weather warms, I wanted to put together a list of the markets in Paris by region, so if you happen to find yourself in the city when the sun is shining, you'll be able to easily make your way to one of these wonderfully French treasures.

For new arrivals to Paris, it might seem that these markets are random, organic types of events, but in fact they are highly organised. Each arrondissement structures the days and times of their various marchés, and city workers come the evening before to place metal polls in the ground and tarps overhead to protect merchants and customers from the weather. Then, after each market is over, the workers come back to clean up the garbage, sweep and spray down the streets and city squares, take down the polls and tarps... until the next time when they do it all over again.

Top markets in Paris

Here are some notes about a few of the more remarkable of these French markets:

Les Halles: The first open air market appeared on this site in Paris in 1810. Les Halles, now a huge plaza with a museum, was then composed of simply four pavilions. In 1954, the market was replaced by a large commercial building which was in turn redesigned in the 1990s into an entirely glass structure by architect Ricardo Bofill. Today this building serves as office space. The current market has been active since 2003 and includes the services of bakers, produce farmers, jewelry, clothes and fabric.

Becoming Madame: Parisian Guide to Outdoor Markets

Ile de la Cité: One of the last open air market that sells live birds, the flower market on the Ile de la Cité (where Notre Dame stands) specialises in flowers, birds, and other small animals. This market is half covered, half open-air and has changed little since its inauguration in the early 1900s. With a large range of flowers, both domestic and exotic, the market is open every day from 8.00am to 7pm. On Sundays, the market is host to a large offering of birds and other animals, accessories and cages, etc.

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Madeleine: The place of Madeleine markets, which took on its current form in 1842, was an ancient flower market where still today certain merchants continue to conduct their family's business.

La Gare de l'est: In the centre of the courtyard at the Gare de l'est stood the well-known fair 'Saint Laurent' in the 17th century. The fair was replaced in the 18th century by the market Saint-Quentin, before it was relocated to its present location in 1866 on boulevard Magenta.

Ancient and used book market
: Since 1987, 197 book stores unite each weekend in the ancient market place of Georges Brassens to sell books. Open every weekend without exception from 9.00am to 6.00pm, this is a must-see stop for all book lovers. Note: most of the selection is in French.

Puces de Saint-Ouen
: The Flea market at Saint-Ouen in north Paris is world renown, and comprises over 3 hectares of property and 2,500 stands full of antiques. More recently there has been an influx of junk sold at this market. If you're going, take the day – you'll need to rummage a bit, but it's worth it. Open every weekend from 8:30am to 5:30pm and Mondays from 10:30am to 5:30pm.

Becoming Madame: Parisian Guide to Outdoor Markets


Parisian markets by arrondissement

1er


Marché Saint-Eustache-Les Halles
Rue Montmartre 75001 Paris
Between la rue Rambuteau and la rue du Jour
Thursdays: 12.30pm to 8.30pm
Sundays: 7.00am to 3.00pm

Marché St Honoré

Place du marché Saint Honoré 75001 Paris
Wednesdays: 12.30pm to 8.30pm
Saturdays: 7.00am to 3.00pm

2ème


Marché Bourse
Place de la Bourse 75002 Paris
Tuesdays: 12.30pm to 8.30pm
Fridays: 12.30pm to 8.30pm

3ème

Marché couvert des Enfants Rouges
39, rue de Bretagne 75003 Paris
Tuesdays to Saturdays: 8.30am to 7.30pm
Sundays: 8.30am to 2.00pm

4ème

Marché aux fleurs and aux oiseaux Cité

Place Louis Lépine and Quai de la Corse 75004 Paris
Mondays to Saturdays: 8.00am to 7.30pm
Sundays: 8.00am to 7.00pm

Marché Baudoyer
Place Baudoyer 75004 Paris
Wednesdays: 12.30pm to 8.30pm
Saturdays: 7.00am to 3.00pm

5ème

Marché Maubert

Place Maubert 75005 Paris
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7.00am to 2.30pm
Saturdays: 7.00am to 3.00pm

Marché Monge
Place Nonge 75005 Paris
Wednesdays and Fridays: 7.00am to 2.30pm
Sundays: 7.00am to 3.00pm

Marché Port-Royal
Boulevard de Port-Royal 75005 Paris
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7.00am to 2.30pm
Saturdays: 7.00am to 3.00pm

6ème


Marché biologique Raspail (organic)
Boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris
Between les rues du Cherche Midi and de Rennes
Sundays: 9.00am to 3.00pm

Marché couvert Saint-Germain (covered)

4/6, rue Lobineau 75006 Paris
Tuesdays to Saturdays: 8.00am to 8.00pm
Sundays: 8.00am to 1.30pm

Marché Raspail

Boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris
Tuesdays and Fridays: 7.00am to 2.30pm

7ème

Marché Saxe-Brandeuil
Avenue de Saxe 75007 Paris
Thursdays: 7.00am to 2.30pm
Saturdays: 7.00am to 3.00pm

8ème

Marché Aguesseau
Place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris
Tuesdays and Fridays: 7.00am to 2.30pm

Marché aux fleurs Madeleine
Place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris
Mondays to Saturdays: 8.00am to 7.30pm

9ème


Marché Anvers

Place d'Anvers 75009 Paris
Fridays: 3.00pm to 8.30pm

10ème

Marché Alibert
Rue Alibert 75010 Paris
Sundays: 7.00am to 3.00pm

Marché couvert Saint-Quentin (covered)
85 bis, bd magenta 75010 Paris
Tuesdays to Saturdays: 8.00am to 8.00pm
Sundays: 8.00am to 1.30pm

Marché couvert St Martin (covered)

31/33 rue du château d'eau 75010 Paris
Tuesdays to Saturdays: 9.00am to 8.00pm
Sundays: 9.00am to 2.00pm

11ème


Marché Bastille

Boulevard Richard Lenoir 75011 Paris
Between les rues Amelot and Saint-Sabin
Thursdays: 7.00am to 2.30pm
Sundays: 7.00am to 3.00pm

Marché Père-Lachaise

Bd from Ménilmontant 75011 Paris
Between les rues des Panoyaux and des Cendriers
Tuesdays and Fridays: 7.00am to 2.30pm

12ème


Marché Belleville
Boulevard de Belleville 75011 Paris
Tuesdays and Fridays: 7.00am to 2.30pm 

Marché Bercy

Between n°14 place Lachambeaudie and n°11 rue Baron-le-Roy 75012 Paris
Wednesdays: 3.00pm to 8.00pm
Sundays: 7.00am to 3.00pm

Marché Cours de Vincennes

Cours de Vincennes 75012 Paris
Between le bd Picpus and la rue Arnold Nandter
Wednesdays: 7.00am to 2.30pm
Saturdays: 7.00am to 3.00pm

Marché St Eloi

36-38 rue from Reuilly 75012 Paris
Thursdays: 7.00am to 2.30pm
Sundays: 7.00am to 3.00pm

Marché Porte Dorée

Avenue Daumesnil 75012 Paris
Thursdays: 7.00am to 2.30pm
Sundays: 7.00am to 3.00pm

13ème


Marché Bobillot

Rue Bobillot 75013 Paris
Tuesdays and Fridays: 7.00am to 2.30pm

Marché Maison-Blanche

Avenue d'Italie 75013 Paris
Thursdays: 7.00am to 2.30pm
Sundays: 7.00am to 3.00pm

Marché Paris Rive Gauche

18 Rue Jean Anouilh 75013 Paris
Fridays: 12.00pm to 8.45pm

Marché Salpétrière
36 Boulevard de l'Hôpital 75013 Paris
Tuesdays and Fridays: 7.00am to 2.30pm

Marché Alésia
Rue de la Glacière 75013 Paris
Wednesdays: 7.00am to 2.30pm
Saturdays: 7.00am 3.00pm

14ème


Marché aux puces de la porte de Vanves (Flea market)

Avenue Georges Lafenestre 75014 Paris
Saturdays and Sundays: 7.00am to 7.30pm

Marché biologique Brancusi (organic)
Place Constantin Brancusi 75014 Paris
Saturdays: 9.00am to 3.00pm

Marché Edgar Quinet
Boulevard Edgar Quinet 75014 Paris
Wednesdays: 7.00am to 2.30pm
Saturdays: 7.00am to 3.00pm

Marché Mouton-Duvernet
Place Jacques Frommy 75014 Paris
Tuesdays and Fridays: 7.00am to 2.30pm

15ème


Marché Cervantes
60 rue Bargue 75015 Paris
Between la rue Bargue and rue de la Procession
Wednesdays: 7.00am to 2.30pm
Saturdays: 7.00am to 3.00pm

Marché Convention

Rue Convention 75015 Paris
Rue Convention between les rues Alain Chartier and l'Abbé Groult
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7.00am to 2.30pm
Sundays: 7.00am to 3.00pm

Marché Lecourbe
Rue Lecourbe 75015 Paris
Between les rues Vasco and Gama and Leblanc
Wednesdays: 7.00am to 2.30pm
Saturdays: 7.00am to 3.00pm

Marché Grenelle

Bd de Grenelle 75015 Paris
Entre la rue Lourmel and la rue du Commerce
Wednesdays: 7.00am to 2.30pm
Sundays: 7.00am to 3.00pm

Marché du livre ancien and d'occasion George Brassens
(One of my favorite market in all of Paris!)
104, rue Brancion 75015 Paris
Saturdays and Sundays: 9.00am to 6.00pm

16ème

Marché Auteuil (My market!)
Place Jean Lorrain 75016 Paris
Wednesdays: 7.00am to 2.30pm
Saturdays: 7.00am to 3.00pm

Marché couvert from Passy (covered)

Place de Passy 75016 Paris
Tuesdays to Fridays: 8.00am to 1.00pm and 4.00pm to 7.00pm
Saturdays: 8.00am to 1.00pm and 3.30pm to 7.00pm
Sundays: 9.00am to 1.00pm

Marché Gros-la-Fontaine

37 Rue Gros 75016 Paris
Entre les rues Gros and La Fontaine
Tuesdays and Fridays: 7.00am to 2.30pm

Marché Porte Molitor
Place de la Porte Molitor 75016 Paris
Tuesdays and Fridays: 7.00am to 2.30pm

Marché Point du Jour

Avenue de Versailles 75016 Paris
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7.00am to 2.30pm
Sundays: 7.00am to 3.00pm

17ème

Marché aux fleurs Ternes
Place des Ternes 75017 Paris
Tuesdays to Sundays: 8.00am to 7.30pm

Marché Berthier
Boulevard de Reims 75017 Paris
Le long du Square André Ulmann
Wednesdays: 7.00am to 2.30pm
Saturdays: 7.00am to 3.00pm

Marché biologique des Batignolles (organic)

34 boulevard de Batignolles 75017 Paris
Saturdays: 9.00am to 3.00pm

Marché couvert Batignolles (covered)

96 bis rue Lemercier 75017 Paris
Tuesdays to Fridays: 8.30am to 1.00pm 3.30pm to 8.00pm
Saturdays: 8.30am to 8.00pm
Sundays: 8.30am to 2.00pm

Marché couvert des Ternes (covered)
8 bis rue Lebon 75017 Paris
Tuesdays to Saturdays: 8.00am to 1.00pm 4.00pm to 7.30pm
Sundays: 8.00am to 1.00pm

Marché Navier

Rue Navier 75017 Paris
Tuesdays and Fridays: 7.00am to 2.30pm

18ème

Marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen - Clignancourt (Flea-market)
Avenue de la Porte de Clignancourt 75018 Paris
Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays: 7.00am to 7.30pm

Marché Barbès
Boulevard de la Chapelle 75018 Paris
Wednesdays: 8.00am to 1.00pm
Saturdays: 7.00am to 3.00pm

Marché couvert La Chapelle (covered)

10 rue de l'Olive 75018 Paris
Tuesdays to Fridays: 8.00am to 7.30pm
Saturdays: 9.00am to 1.00pm
Sundays: 8.00am to 1.30pm

Marché Orfromner (since 1888)
Rue Orfromner 75018 Paris
Wednesdays and Saturdays: 8.00am to 1.00pm

Marché Ornano (since 1873)

Boulevard Ornano 75018 Paris
Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays: 8.00am to 1.00pm



 Reprinted with permission of Becoming Madame.

Becoming MadameBorn south of the Mason Dixon line, Becoming Madame is a North American attorney, writer and professor living in Paris with her French husband. Since moving to France six years ago, she has learnt fluent French and now teaches law at the Université Paris Dauphine to French students. She writes and runs the blog Becoming Madame, which provides an inside peek into real life in the French capital – les marchés, Soldes, boulangeries, cafés, French cooking, traditions and living as an expat.

 

 Photo credit:smith (photo 1), zoetnet (photo 2), ParisSharing (photo 3), Jason Cartwright (photo 4), Roger Wo (photo 5), ParisSharing (photo 5), volantwish (hot photo)

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2 Comments To This Article

  • Sharron posted:

    on 25th September 2013, 16:34:02 - Reply

    Your article has omitted the wonderful Marché Beauvau / Marché d'Aligre (covered and open air, respectively) in the 12th. The open air market runs the length of the rue d'Aligre, from the rue de Charenton to the rue Crozatier. It serves the entire Gare de Lyon - Bastille area and is open every day except Monday from 7 am to 1 pm; the covered market is open from 7 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 7 pm. There is also a little flea market daily on the Place d'Aligre. Astonishing that you left this out! You have also made several mistakes in the names of the streets you mention. For example, for the marché du Cours de Vincennes, you write "rue Docteur Nandter". The correct street name is "Docteur Netter". [Edited by moderator]
  • Bruce posted:

    on 25th September 2013, 14:44:27 - Reply

    Great article Madame, well researched. The Paris markets really do have a local, village-type feeling. One could almost imagine how it was in the middle ages with the produce and meat vendors hawking their wares. More expensive than even the Monoprix but the quality and freshness was outstanding. My market was also Marché Auteuil as I lived around the corner on rue Pierre Guerin.