The Enfants Rouges Market in the north part of the Marais, created under Louis XIII, is the oldest covered market in Paris. It has an incredible number of small stands from all over the world, including Japan, Africa, the Caribbean, and Italy.
The gilded bronze Genie on top of the column at Bastille is the masculine allegory of freedom (Auguste Dumont, 1836) and overlooks the open-air market there. A hundred stalls with regional products compete for attention in the esplanade of Boulevard Richard Lenoir.
The Jena market unfolds on Avenue du President Wilson. It's a great market to pick up something for a quick lunch in the square of the Musée Galliera. You may recognise Joel Thiebault, master of vegetables, and Prince Lorenzo, the maestro of fishmongers.
With its boat hull structure, the covered market of Aligre (1843) is one of the last popular spice markets left in the capital. Outside, there are stands with organic vegetables, florists, and second-hand dealers. The mix of social classes brings us back to the golden days of the Paris Commune.
Enfants Rouges Market
39, rue de Bretagne
+33 (0)1 40 11 20 40
Iéna Market aka President Wilson Market
Avenue du Président Wilson
Tel : +33 (01) 45 11 71 11
8, boulevard Richard Lenoir
Tel : +33 (0)1 43 24 74 39
Aligre Beauvau Market
+33 (0)1 45 11 71 11