Marché President Wilson in Paris


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Avenue du President Wilson Market Paris

Gastronomic delights from the Avenue du President Wilson Market in Paris

One of the best parts of renting a Paris Perfect luxury apartment is your fully-equipped kitchen, which allows you to visit the local Paris food markets to buy delicious, fresh ingredients for a gourmet lunch or dinner back at “home” … with very little cooking required! French markets are a way of life. More than just a place to buy food, markets are a social gathering. Parisians have favorite vendors they visit regularly and catch up on each other’s lives, inquiring about their children, the weather, current events, etc. But don’t worry, tourists and browsers are always welcome, too.

There are many food markets in Paris, and one of our favorites is the Avenue du President Wilson Market (also called Marché President Wilson or the Pont de l’Alma market). Parisians and visitors alike love this market in the 16th arrondissement for the freshest fish, fruits, vegetables, pasta, cheeses, prepared dishes, flowers, olives and more.

President Wilson Market Paris Flower Display

Add a burst of color to your Paris apartment with fresh flowers from the Paris markets

Getting to the market is an easy stroll from many of our luxury Paris Perfect apartments in the 7th arrondissement. As you cross the Pont de l’Alma bridge, you will see the entrance to the popular Bateaux Mouches Seine River sightseeing cruises on the right, and a large golden flame monument on the left, that has turned into a make-shift memorial for the late Princess Diana. Go past the flame and veer left at the next street, and look for the white and colored awnings covering the stalls along Avenue du President Wilson.

President Wilson Market Paris Map

Find the Avenue du President WIlson Market between Rue Debrousse and Place d’Iéna in the 16th arrondissement

We visited on a Wednesday morning and found all the vendors to be very pleasant, and happy to try out their English …which was no doubt better than our French. I asked permission to photograph, and every vendor was agreeable and accommodating.

I had a lovely conversation with the pate purveyor, who insisted I sample his fois gras, and told me about his local, free-range (not force-fed) geese.  Two important words to know in French – “degustation gratuit” – free sample!

President Wilson Market Paris Pate

Free samples of pate at the market in Paris – sweet!

He shared magazine articles of his products with me, and told me stories of his children … his daughter is a professor at the University of Texas, and his son is living in the Seychilles.  He has two granddaughters, with a grandson on the way.  After 10 minutes, I felt I knew him well!

Tip:  Always greet the vendors with a polite “Bonjour” and ask permission if you want to touch the produce. It’s considered rude to just walk up and start squeezing the tomatoes!

A German film crew was there the morning we visited, filming a story on the market and interviewing Parisians as to why they like this particular market best.

President Wilson Market Paris Interview

A TV crew asking Parisians what they love about their favorite market

Don’t worry if you don’t speak French. Just say “Bonjour madame/monsieur”, point, smile … and if the quantity to be purchased is in question, sign-language goes a long way. If you want less of something, try the word “demi” meaning “half.” If you want two of something, raise your thumb and forefinger. Counting “one” starts with your thumb.

The fishmongers drive in early in the morning from the coast of Normandy and Brittany with the freshest fish, shrimp, lobsters, mussels, oysters and escargot.

President Avenue Wilson Fresh Fish

If you love fresh fish … the Parisian markets are perfect!

The succulent displays highlight whatever is fresh and in season.

President Wilson Market Paris Beautiful Fish display

A beautiful display of fish at the President Wilson Market

 

President Wilson Market Paris Fresh Snails

Fancy some snails? You’ll find them fresh and prepared at the market!

Toward the western end the street you’ll find prepared food to go (emporter) including mouthwatering paella, beef bourguignon simmering in open pots, sausages, kraut, roasted potatoes, quiches, ham and more.

President Wilson Market Paris Emporter Take Away

This is a tempting scent that’s hard to resist!

 

President Wilson Market Paris Quiche

Pick up a freshly made quiche to enjoy at home at your Paris Perfect apartment

Also try the Spanish and Middle Eastern dishes with olive oil and herbs cooked on a convex metal drum.

Pesident Wilson Market Paris Paella

Take home a ready prepared meal from the Paris market

On our Wednesday trip to the market we purchased a rotisserie roast chicken, with potatoes cooked in the drippings, fresh artichoke ravioli and fresh pesto (heavenly), ingredients for a salad, baguettes, blood oranges, strawberries and wine before returning to our Paris Perfect apartment to enjoy this tasty lunch.

Delicious Paris Market Lunch

Bon appétit!!

Your fresh market lunch will be one of your favorite meals in Paris, and with a large refrigerator, you can enjoy the best leftovers you’ve ever tasted the next day.

The Marché President Wilson is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7:00 am to about 2:00 pm.  Bring your shopping bag or rolling cart and stock up your Paris Perfect kitchen with Parisian treats!

 

Marché President Wilson

Ave. du President Wilson, 16th arr.

Metro Line 9; stop Alma Marceau

RER line C; stop Pont du l’Alma, and cross the Seine

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Thank you to Mary Ann Grisham for this post and beautiful photos!

4 Responses to “Marché President Wilson in Paris”

  1. Kathy@kathymurrayhomes.com' Kathy Murray says:

    I was lucky enough to be part of this great writer’s entourage in Paris when she went to the market. I initially had a bad attitude about going to the market and thought “I don’t feel like cooking in the city with such fabulous dining, who wants to see a bunch of food etc. etc “.Was I wrong! Attending this market is a must do when in Paris. It’s wonderful people watching as well as simply delicious.
    The article brings to light some memories of sounds, smells and tastes of this wonderful market that I have never seen anything close to in the United States.

  2. One of the best Marché I ever visited in Europe, you can find almost everything you’re looking for to use in your daily cuisine 🙂

  3. Laura says:

    Thanks for your comment. Yes, it’s a fabulous Paris market! 🙂

  4. Laura says:

    Thanks for sharing the memories of your Paris market visit, Kathy! 🙂 Mary Ann really does know how to bring all the delicious tastes and experiences of Paris to life. The markets are really a fun way to live daily life in Paris, and I’m so glad you had a great time!

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