This is where Parisians go to get their fresh produce, which explains the myriad bicycles with baskets sporting baguettes chained out the front of this Marais institution. Established in 1615 by King Henri IV, Marché des Enfants Rouges is Paris’ oldest covered market and the original French “food court” with vendors selling wares from fish to flowers alongside a truly wonderful array of vegies. Think perfect mounds of white asparagus, artichokes and the plumpest, most flavoursome raspberries you’ve ever tasted.
For those who want to eat on site, the market’s food stalls also do a mean rocket quiche or a black squid-ink tagliatelle. Its tables and benches are filled with Parisians from all walks of life – from famous actresses to local grandpas who’ve been lunching here for more than 50 years.
The former Jewish quarter of the Marais is a melting pot of cool corners. Whether you are seeking casual bistros to watch the passing fashionparade, local art galleries, organic supermarkets or specialty artisan stores – also note that the Marais is the only designer shopping district open on a Sunday – this arrondissement’s cobblestone streets posses style in spades.
Marché des Enfants Rouges | 39 Rue de Bretagne, Marais, 75003
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 8.30am to 1pm and 4pm to 7.30pm; Sundays, 8.30am to 2pm.