Click a day to get started, scroll down for a complete map of Paris markets with addresses and hours
|Marché Président Wilson|
|Marché des Enfants Rouges|
|Raspail Bio Market|
I started shopping at the marché out of desperation. The prices and selection of Parisian supermarkets (no peanut butter!) frustrated me, and long lines snaked the aisles so I couldn't browse. Rue Cler is around the corner, but I thought, "Why wasn't I born during an outbreak of influenza, or at the base of a volcano? Why did I survive and grow to squander my potential by shopping on Rue Cler?"
When I stopped going to grocery stores, I fell in love with the brown radishes and golden raspberries at Serge Baudry, the vitelotte potatoes and tiny parsnips of Joel Thiebault, the fractal Provibio romanesco, purple carrots, green oranges I thought were Dioscoridian myths. Because the market is exclusively seasonal produce, every harvest cycle I learn to cook new ingredients- I once served a dinner that may or may not have had broken glass in it, so I need all the learning I can get! There's something so satisfying about preparing food that was in the ground yesterday, straight from the people who grew it.
You can read Emile Zola's Le Ventre de Paris here or in English here.
Updated to include this interactive Paris market map ( Inge's amazing idea. I'll do one for the gluten-free metro map, zero-waste shopping guide, and Paris city guide by arrondissement posts eventually too). You can now buy gluten-free crepes at Marché President Wilson and gluten-free cakes at Marché Raspail, made completely without animal products :). Click on each address to see hours.