5 farmers´ markets you should explore in Paris

Farmers´ Market in Paris: Bread and bagels for sale at the Raspail market. Photo: Yuichi Shiraishi Source: Flickr, creative commons licenced

Farmers´ Market in Paris: Bread and bagels for sale at the Raspail market. Photo: Yuichi Shiraishi Source: Flickr, creative commons licenced




Paris is a huge metropolis where millions of people live in an environment that is as urban as it gets. Looking down to the city from the Eiffel Tower, Montparnasse tower or other high-rise, you will see the city reaching the horizon in every direction. Sometimes you can´t help but wonder if people living in a concrete maze like this ever desire a healthy dose of fresh nature. I bet Parisians do – by looking at how popular Farmer´s markets are over there. These markets pop-up in many neighborhoods, letting local producers offer their fresh vegetables, fruits, cheese, wine, champignons, meat and other goods to city dwellers. It´s amazing how available locally produced, organic food is in a metropolis like Paris. Actually, you don´t even find that many supermarkets in the downtown.

If you want to see a piece of authentic Parisian culture and get to see where French cuisine gets many of its ingredients, you should definitely see some of the farmers´ markets. To help you out, we gathered a list of 5 farmers´ markets you should see when you visit Paris next time!

 

Marché Saxe-Breteuil

Saxe-Breteuil market is situated in the 7th arrondissement, right in the heart of Paris. It´s directly behind the Cham de Mars –park, the long park in front of Eiffel Tower.

At Saxe-Breteuil you´ll find, of course, fine locally produced, organic food from producers around France. But it doesn´t end there: this market offers also different household goods and clothing.

Head over to Saxe-Breteuil to admire the scenery towards the Eiffel Tower, grab some fresh goods for a picnic and head over to the Champ de Mars park to enjoy!

Saxe-Breteuil is located in the 7th arrondissement, between Avenue de Saxe and Avenue de Breteuil. Closest subway stations are Sèvres Lecourbe and Ségur. The market is open on Thursdays and Saturdays, from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm.

How to get there: Catch subway line 6 to Sèvres Lecourbe or line 10 to Ségur. Walk towards the intersection of Avenue de Saxe and Avenue de Breteuil.

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Marché Couvert Saint-Martin

Maché Couvert Saint-Martin is an indoor farmers´ market situated in the 10th arrondissement. Besides fresh vegetables, meat and cheese this market carries also good selection of beers – one vendor is specialized in German products. Including quality beers.

This market has a rich history, too. A market in this location was first opened in 1854. Later modernization and harmonizing Parisian architecture lead to an order to tear down the original building. However the original entrance was kept and the modern building erected around it.

You can find this market at 31-33 Rue Chateau d´Eau. This market is open from Tuesday to Sunday, opening it´s doors at 8:30 and closing at 7:30, except on Sundays when it closes already at 1pm. We suggest heading to the market between 9am and noon, or later in the afternoon, after 2pm. Then you can be sure that most of the vendors are present and their goods available.

How to get there: Take the subway line 5 to Jacques Bonsergent station and walk towards Rue Chateau d´Eau.

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Marché Raspail

Farmers´ Market in Paris: Local wine for sale at the Raspail market in Paris. Photo: Yuichi Shiraishi  Source: Flickr, creative commons licenced

Farmers´ Market in Paris: Local wine for sale at the Raspail market in Paris. Photo: Yuichi Shiraishi Source: Flickr, creative commons licenced




This market is the biggest outdoor market in Paris and caters a huge selection of goods from their farms to the city dwellers.  Here you can find up to 150 vendors selling their goods from meat and cheese to vegetables and wine. The size and number of vendors make the Raspail market the largest in France and one of the largest in the whole Europe.  You can find the market in the 6th arrondissement, which is on the southern side of river Seine.

How to get there: Take a subway line 12 to the Rennes station, which is situated directly on the Boulevard Raspail.

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Rue Mouffetard –market

Farmers` Market in Paris:  The rue Mouffetard market  Photo: Davide Oliva Source: Flickr, creative commons licenced

Farmers` Market in Paris: The rue Mouffetard market Photo: Davide Oliva Source: Flickr, creative commons licenced

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The market on Rue Mouffetard street is probably the most original and historical marketplace in the whole Paris! This market is situated where an ancient Roman road used to be and it´s proven that the area had a market already around 1350 A.D.  Because of it´s ancient, pre-medieval origins, this market and the whole neighborhood is definitely a place to see!

Rue Mouffetard market is situated on the southern side of river seine, in the 5th arrondissement. This is right in the old heart of Paris! Nearest subway stations are Place Monge and Censier Daubenton, both served by line 7.

This market is open from Tuesday to Sunday – the best time for a visit being before noon. What you´ll find here is food produced by farmers from around France: meat, cheese, wine, vegetables, bread… You name it, they got it. It´s the pre-medieval history that makes this place very special. Also the permanent shops have taken note and extend their selection to the pavements – adding to that original market feel.

How to get there: Take subway line 7 to Place Monge or Censier Daubenton and walk west towards Rue Mouffetard.

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Marché Bastille

Farmers market in Paris: The Bastille Market  Photo: Jean-Louis Zimmermann  Source: Flickr, creative commons licenced

Farmers market in Paris: The Bastille Market Photo: Jean-Louis Zimmermann Source: Flickr, creative commons licenced

Bastille market is probably the most tourist-friendly farmers´ market in Paris. It´s located in the Bastille neighborhood, on Boulevard Richard Lenoir, really close to the Bastille Opera and the Bastille monument. The Boulevard Richard Lenoir extends north right from the Place de la Bastille, meaning the Bastille Square.

This is the most popular market right in the heart of Paris. Its alleys are broad and vendors many. What you can find here is cheese, meat, bread, fowers, vegetables, fruits, wines and much more. Like every market in Paris, this one serves Parisians with authentic, locally produced goods straight from the vendors themselves.

A tip:  Buy some picnic supplies from Marche Bastille and head to Place des Vosges park just few blocks northwest from the Boulevard Richard Lenoir.

The market is open on Thursdays and Sundays from 7am to around 3 pm.

How to get there: Take subway 1, 5 or 8 to Bastille or line 5 to Breguet-Sabin.

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  • nalix

    Just a clarification: there are no actual “farmers’ markets” in Paris. Most stands offer produce selected by merchantes from Rungis, the huge wholesale market near Orly. Very few market stands are actually selling directly from farmers. Most markets now do have a few farmers’, direct-from-the-grower stands, but you have to look out fo them and ask – very much worth doing of course. Otherwise, the stuff you get is likely on the industrial side, and rarely local. (If you see stands with cherries in October or asparagus in February, then you can be sure this is no farmer!) French agriculture is amongst the most highly industrialized in Europe, and the average non-organic produce is saturated with pesticides and so on. You will find organic stands at most markets now as well – again, those won’t be farmers, but at least the produce is carefully sourced.