Paris Open Air Food Markets
Open markets have been established in Paris since the 15th century and this wonderful tradition is part of what renting a Paris apartment and enjoying life as a Parisian is all about. Farmers, bakers, fishermen, olive growers and chicken farmers come from all over France to sell their wares. Definitely plan a visit to your local market, shop for your lunch or dinner and learn why open air markets are part of French life.
Parisians are hard-nosed, discerning shoppers and this means prices are reasonable. You'll love the repartee' between merchants and customers as customers make their selections and dicker over prices. 'Madame, je ne peux pas faire mieux, c'est donne'!" (Ma'am, I can't do any better on the price, I'm giving it to you!")
The 7th is home to rue Cler, one of the most famous streets for food in Paris, and the perfect place to start learning the fine art of Parisian living. Walk along the colorful street and enjoy the mouth-watering displays and divine aromas that come spilling out of every little shop. We dare you to walk by without stopping at one of the patisseries to admire the jewel-like displays of tempting desserts.
Location: Avenue de Saxe, 7th arrondissement, Paris
Opening Hours: 7am to 2:30pm every Thursday and Saturday morning.
Among the many markets in Paris, the Saxe-Breteuil market is often regarded as the most beautiful. There is no more lovely setting, as it is framed by the Eiffel Tower and the Invalides. Farmers and producers come from all over France to sell their specialties and this market is known for its high-quality organic foods.
Rue de Grenelle Market
Location: Rue de Grenelle, 15th Arrondissement (between Motte-Piquet and Dupleix Metro)
Opening Hours: 7am to 2:30pm every Wednesday and Sunday
Residents flock to the rue de Grenelle open market on Wednesdays and Sundays; our advice is to go early to do your best shopping. Located in the 15th arrondissement, the market is a stone's throw from the 7th so the residents of the 7th cross the Champ de Mars with their trolleys to buy everything from fresh fish and flowers to delicious breads, cheese and desserts. This is a true neighborhood market, not as 'chic' as the Ave de Saxe and Ave President Wilson, since the view is not quite the same. But the choice is wide, quality is high and prices very good. Don't miss the antiques and "brocante" section on Sunday mornings. Nearby is a big Monoprix (a French target) and down rue du Commerce tons of fashion boutiques. We love staying in the 7th, with Eiffel views and beautiful buildings....but do love the convenience of the more economical 15th arrondissement.
Pont de l'Alma Market
Location: Av. du President Wilson, 16th Arrondissement
Opening Hours: 7am to 2:30pm every Wednesday and Saturday
A must on Wednesdays and Saturdays is the largest open market in Paris, at the Pont de l'Alma, only a few minutes walk from the Eiffel Tower. Small merchants come from the countryside and sell their paté, local wines, cheeses, fresh flowers, fresh fish, fresh-baked breads, and even five types of escargots. You'll find yourself wandering up to the Trocadero where you can stop and admire the view across the Seine towards the Eiffel Tower as you head home with your packages. On Saturday mornings, it seems like all of the Parisians in the 7th cross the Seine with their shopping trolleys to stock up on fresh foods.