8x Best markets in Paris: flea markets, vintage & food

Looking for the best markets in Paris? Ideal to alternate the top 10 places to visit in Paris with a local food market in Montmartre or Bastille. In every arrondissement there is a outdoor market with a village atmosphere. There are many types of markets in Paris: covered markets, large and small street food markets, organic markets, flea markets (antique and vintage), flower markets and even a bird market. There are also clothing and book markets that are worth a visit.

Paris also has a number of well-known market streets such as rue Mouffetard, rue Montorgueil and rue Cmer with restaurants, cafés, bakeries, fishmongers, cheese shops, wine shops, stalls and flower shops. A place for Parisians to socialize while doing their daily shopping.

There are approximately 80 markets in Paris, thirteen of which are covered. At these (covered) markets you can mainly buy foodstuffs such as meat, fish, vegetables and fruit. But there are also the famous flea markets (antique and flea markets, broccante & vintage) such as the Marché Aux Puces de Saint-Ouen or the Marché aux Fleurs flower market. Many markets in Paris are open daily, others only on Tuesday, Friday or Sunday. Almost all outdoor markets in Paris are closed on Mondays. These are our favorite markets in Paris that you shouldn’t miss.

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The best markets in Paris: (covered) food street markets, flea markets, vintage & antique markets
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    Best food markets in Paris to visit
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    1. Marché des Enfants Rouges: oldest covered food market in Paris (3rd)

    Marché des Enfants Rouges is the oldest covered market in Paris where you can enjoy world cuisine in an authentic atmosphere. Order a delicious couscous with mint tea and take a seat among the locals on the cozy terraces. The name refers to the nearby ‘Hospice des Enfants-Rouges’, where orphans were dressed in red. This market has existed since 1628 and was recognized as a historic monument in 1982. One of the best markets to visit in Paris.

    • Address: 39 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
    • Opening hours:
    – Tuesday to Saturday from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm (Thursday to 9:30 pm)
    – Sunday from 8:30 am to 5 pm
    • Metro: Filles du Calvaire (line 8) or Arts et Métiers (line 3)

    2. Marché Bastille: one of the best outdoor markets in Paris (11th)

    Opposite the Place de la Bastille, more than a hundred vendors at the Marché Bastille sell delicious local cheeses, olives, fruits, vegetables, seafood, chicken and much more. This is one of the most popular outdoor markets among Parisians on Thursdays and Sundays. You can also find some nice stalls selling jewelry and bags.

    • Address: Boulevard Richard-Lenoir, 75011 Paris
    • Opening hours:
    – Thursday from 7am to 1.30pm
    – Sunday from 7am to 2.30pm
    • Metro: Richard-Lenoir (line 5) or Saint-Ambroise (line 9)

    3. Marché Aux Puces de Saint-Ouen: flea market in Paris with antiques and vintage (93400)

    The Saint-Ouen flea market in the north of Paris is one of the largest and best flea markets in Paris. This is the best place for antique jewelry, vintage clothing, old books and records, furniture and more. It is a favorite shopping spot for fashionistas and passionate antique dealers alike. The antique markets with their small shops are especially nice. All Saint-Ouen markets are free to enter.

    Marché Aux Puces de Saint-Ouen was officially founded in 1870, extends over seven hectares and is home to more than 2000 (!) stalls. The marketplace itself is actually a group of many smaller markets divided into three themes: vintage & antiques, clothing and professional markets (not open to the public). Bargaining is expected here and a little bit of French can go a long way!

    • Address: Rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine
    • Opening hours:
    – Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm
    – Monday from 11am to 5pm
    • Metro: Porte de Clignancourt (line 4) or Garibaldi (line 13)


    4. Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux: flower market and birds on Sunday (4th)

    Marché aux Fleurs is the most famous flower market in Paris for cut flowers and ornamental plants. This flower market has been around since 1808 and is located on the Ile de la Cité along the Seine (where you will also find Notre-Dame and Sainte-Chapelle). During the week you can buy flowers and plants and accessories for the home and garden. On Sundays there is a market with birds and small pets. The Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux is a fun and interesting market to visit in Paris. Parisians often come here to buy flowers for their apartments and potted plants for their balconies.

    • Address: 37 Place Louis Lépine, 75004 Paris
    • Opening hours:
    – Open every day from 9:30 am to 7 pm
    • Metro: Cité (line 4)

    5. Marché d’Aligre: local market in Paris with few tourists (12th)

    Marché d’Aligre (also called Beauvau market) is a local market where very few tourists come. It is located in a very lively area in the 12th arrondissement and has been around since the 18th century. There is a covered market, but the Parisian outdoor market has much more of an authentic atmosphere with local products. There is also a small section dedicated to a flea market with clothing, kitchen items, antiques and paintings. There are plenty of small shops, nice cafés and restaurants around the Marché d’Aligre. This is one of our favorite markets in Paris.

    • Address: rue d’Aligre, 75012 Paris
    • Opening hours:
    – Tuesday to Friday from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm
    – Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm
    • Metro: Ledru-Rollin (line 8)

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    Large flea and antique markets in Paris
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    Famous covered markets in Paris

    6. Marché Raspail (Biologique): regular and organic street market on Sunday (6th)

    A lively market in the 6th arrondissement with fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry and seafood. In addition to food, some stalls also sell non-food items such as clothing and bags. It is open on Tuesdays and Fridays and on Sundays there is the Marché biologique Raspail, a market for organic products. This is one of the best street markets in Paris for organic food. They carry the French ‘Agriculture Biologique’ label of the European Union.

    • Address: boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris
    • Opening hours:
    – Tuesday and Friday from 7am to 1.30pm
    – Sunday from 7am to 2.30pm (organic market)
    • Metro: Vavin (line 4)

    7. Marché Barbès: nice market in the Montmartre district (18th)

    Located under the metro, on the Boulevard de la Chapelle, the Barbès Market offers a lively, colorful market in Montmartre every Wednesday and Saturday. You can find everything there, from watches to fruit and clothing. It is often very busy and hectic, but this market has the reputation of being the cheapest market in Paris.

    • Address: boulevard de la Chapelle, 75018 Paris (opposite Lariboisière hospital)
    • Opening hours:
    – Wednesday from 7am to 1.30pm
    – Saturday from 7am to 2.30pm
    • Metro: Barbès-Rochechouart (lines 2 & 4)


    8. Marché du livre ancien et d’occasion Georges Brassens: book market in Paris (15th)

    Fan of books? Then the Marché Brassens book market in Paris is definitely something for you. This great weekend covered market in Paris is the best place to look for old and second-hand books. Built in a 19th century pavilion where you can spend hours searching for unique and rare books. Of course, most books are in French.

    • Address: 104 rue Brancion, 75015 Paris
    • Opening hours:
    – Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm
    • Metro: Porte de Vanves (line 13) or Convention (line 12)

    Good to know: an overview of all food markets in Paris can be found at paris.fr/lieux/marches-alimentaires/tous-les-horaires

    These were the best markets not to miss while shopping in Paris. From the nicest food markets to the famous flea markets (flea and antique markets). Wherever you stay in Paris, there is always a market nearby. They are a great way to get to know real Parisian life.

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