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Market in Paris

Paris is one of the cities with the biggest amount of markets. In fact, we may talk about a real tradition that started more than four centuries ago, in 1615, with the most ancient market in Paris and that keeps on rising in importance thanks to all the Parisians and tourists that still prefer to shop at markets rather than in stores. Before we start talking about the most important markets in the French capital we have to know the three types of markets: indoor markets, usually located inside ancient and beautiful buildings; street markets, with merchants who have their own shops along the street; outdoor markets, usually located along streets, in parks or in square and that can be itinerant or permanent.



This is definitely one the most important indoor food markets; first of all, because it is the most ancient one in Paris, since it was created in 1615 by the king Louis XIII, but also because since 1982 it has been a historical monument. It took its name from an orphanage located in the neighbourhood where the children used to wear a red (rouge) uniform. It is famous for its many food stalls where you can find food from all over world.

It is open on: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 to 13 and from 16 to 19.30; Friday and Saturday from 8:30 to 13 and from 16 to 20; Sunday: 8.30 to 14. It is located at 39 Rue de Bretagne, Metro Line 8 station Filles du Calvaire



This market in Paris is the most chaotic one thanks to a big variety of wares that attract tourists and Parisians. Le marché di rue d’Aligre is also one of the cheapest and it’s divided in a food market and a small flea market where you can find things from Africa, Asia and India. This colourful and vivacious market is definitely a must-see.

It is open daily, except Mondays, from 7 to 14. It is located at 3 Place d’Aligre, Metro Line 8 Ledru-Rollin.



Considered one of the most ancient markets in Paris, since it might go back to the XIII century, this is a place where you can find grocers, butchers, fishmongers and other food. The best way to describe le marché de Moufetard is definitely through Hemingway’s words in ‘A Moveable Feast’, it is a ‘wonderful, narrow crowded market street’.

It is open form Tuesday to Saturday from 10 to 13 and from 16 to 19, while on Sunday form 10 to 13. It is located at 19, 23 Rue Mouffetard, Metro line 7 Place Monge.



The Market of Belleville is a meeting point of different styles and cultures from all over the world, where you can hear many languages and buy fresh food. In fact, at the end of the day the merchants, to sell everything they have, lower prices giving the chance to make very good shooping.

It is open on Tuesday and Friday from 7 to 14.30, is located at 63 Boulevard de Belleville, Metro Line 2 station Belleville.



Thanks to very low prices, this market is one of the most crowded in Paris. Here you can find not only food but also clothes, accessories and many other things at good price. It is not located in a very known part of Paris but if you want to know how a real French market looks like this is the place to go.

It is open on Wednesdays from 7 to 14.30 and on Saturdays from 07 alle15, is located in Boulevard de la Chapelle, Metro Line 4 station Barbes-Rochechouart.




It is a well known fact that the French people love organic food, so Paris could not do without an organic market. In fact this is one of the favourite by the Parisians and is not a chaotic, crowded market where stallholders cry out their wares, but a peaceful and friendly one. Here you can find not only organic French and Italian food but also home-made toiletries.

It is open on Tuesday and Friday from 7 to 14.30, is located at 63 Boulevard de Belleville, Metro Line 2 station Belleville.



This is the biggest flea market in Paris where more than 2,000 traders welcome visitors in the avenues of the first antique market in the world. Le Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen has a huge variety of wares also from the XVIII and XIX centuries and it offers also a service of ‘personal shopper’ in different languages.

It is open on Saturdays from 9 to 18, Sundays from 10 to 18 and Mondays from 10 17. It is located between Porte de Saint-Ouen and Porte de Clignancourt, Metro line 4 Porte de Clignancourt or 13 Garibaldi

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