Thursday, March 3, 2011

Markets in Paris you must visit...

I have been looking into the street markets in Paris for food and antiques. These are just a few that I would love to share with you.

Rue Mouffetard food markets
5th arrondissement, Rue Mouffetard
Metro: Cardinal-Lemoine or Place Monge
La Mouffe(local name)is on Rue Mouffetard and runs from the Place de la Contrescarpe, just behind the Panthéon, down to St. Médard Square. It is open everyday except Monday, the best time to visit is in the morning as some stalls close in the afternoon. There are restaurants and cafes lining the street, they are great places to sit and enjoy a meal or coffee and soak up the market atmosphere.
Rue Montorqueil food markets

Rue Montorgueil
1st Arrondisement
Metro: Les Halles
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-6pm and Sunday morning

This is one of the more eclectic markets where you will find very good bakeries and patisseries.

Flea Market

Les Puces de Saint-Ouenbut known to everyone as Les Puces (The Fleas). It covers seven hectares and is the largest antique market in the world, receiving between 120,000 to 180,000 visitors each weekend.

Every Saturday from 9h - 18h
Every Sunday from 10h to 18h
Every Monday from de 11h to 5h (please note that many stalls close around lunch time)

How to get there:

Take the metro to Porte de Clignancourt on Line 4. Follow the crowds toward the concrete overpass. On the left is the large flea market with clothing, African objects and household goods.

Past the concrete overpass you will find Rue des Rosiers where all the antique and vintage markets start. I went to this one and found it amazingly filled with stalls full of vintage beauty. If you are in the market to buy furniture to ship home you will find no better place to do it.

As this area is one of the poorer areas in Paris and get crowded, you want to keep your bag and wallet in a safe place, but don't let that deter you from visiting. I walked around these markets on my own and felt quite safe.

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