Are you a street market lover? Then you’ll love Paris! You’ll find markets selling gourmet food, antiques, art, fresh produce, and a lot more! Check out this guide with the best markets in Paris.
No visit to the French capital is complete without a trip to one of its markets. Walking the streets of the city to do some retail therapy is one of the top activities. The sprawling street markets in Paris will give you an oddly satisfying experience as you get to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the busy flea markets.
Whether you are looking for specific souvenir-worthy goods or you simply want to see all the amazing French things you can find, you are in for a treat! It’s all fair game when you’re in the City of Love, but I put together a list of the best Paris markets you just can’t miss.
Saint Ouen Flea Market (Les Puces de Saint-Ouen)
The Saint Ouen Flea Market in northern Paris is one of the largest and best flea markets in Paris, France, and the world. This is the best place to go for a fun-filled weekend in Paris. You can find an assortment of items here including antique jewelry, vintage clothes, old books and records, furniture, and more. It’s a favorite spot to shop for both fashionista hipsters and passionate antique traders.
If you wish to visit this Paris flea market, it’s open on the weekends from 10 AM until 6 PM, and on Mondays from 11 AM until 5 PM. You can take the metro Porte de Clignancourt-line 4 if you wanna get there. There are also numerous bus services that link this route to the center of Paris.
As an alternative, you can also visit the Les Puces de Vanves where you can find general collectibles along with some one-off pieces and memorabilia. Or, better yet head to Brocante des Abbesses, a second-hand Sunday market in Paris that is the perfect stop after you’ve had your Sunday brunch.
Marché des Enfants Rouges
Known as the oldest food market in Paris, the Marche des Enfants Rouges is another must-visit market in the capital. This market has been around since 1628 and is the city’s oldest covered market. In fact, it’s such a landmark, it was recognized as a historic monument in 1982. This food market is filled with hundreds of stalls offering fresh produce like vegetables, and small shops that serve Parisian food specialties, along with other culinary options.
The Marche des Enfants Rouges market is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 8:30 AM to 8 PM, and on Sundays from 8:30 PM to 4 PM. There are two subway options to get here: Filles du Calvaire (line 8) or Arts et Metiers (line 3).
A good alternative if you can’t get to this market is the Marche Saint-Martin, another covered market specializing in food and fresh produce. This one is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 9 AM to 8 PM (or 2 PM on Sundays).
The Marche Bastille is another Paris food market worth visiting and you’ll be spoiled for choice given that there are hundreds of stalls to choose from. The Place de la Bastille’s Colonne de Juliet provides a wonderful backdrop for this market. Among the items you can find here are local cheeses, olives, fruits, vegetables, seafood, chicken, and more. You can also find a few shops that sell goods like jewelry and bags. This food market is open on Thursdays and Sundays from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM.
Since the Marche Bastille is open only twice a week, a good alternative when it’s not open during your visit is the Marche International de Rungis which is frequented by locals and tourists alike for the food and horticultural products. It’s considered the world’s largest wholesale market!
Marché de Belleville
Marche de Belleville is a local favorite and one of Paris’ best markets, so it’s a must-visit when you’re in the city. This open-air market is appreciated for its multiculturalism as you can find North African, Chinese, and other ethnic goods. This is the best market in Paris if you want to find exotic fruits and vegetables.
This ethnic market has been around since 1860 and you can visit it on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7 AM to 2:30 PM. To get here, you can take Line 11 or 2 of the metro. You can also take bus routes 46 and 96!
If Marche de Belleville happens to be closed during your visit, a good alternative is Marche Barbes. It’s another outdoor market in Paris that specializes in ethnic goods and is on Boulevard de la Chapelle. It’s open on Wednesdays (7 AM to 1:30 PM) and Saturdays (7 AM to 2:30 PM).
Marché Bio de Batignolles
If you’re in search of organic goods in Paris, Marche Bio de Batignolles is a good market to go to. This all-organic market is open on Saturdays from 7 AM to 3 PM. You’ll discover it’s filled with stalls from farmers selling organic fruits and vegetables, along with cheeses, meats, and other organic goods. This market is extremely popular with locals and the seasonal fruits and vegetables serve as the main draw. It’s also the first organic market to be established in Paris! To get here, you can take the metro at Place de Cichy.
Since the Marché de Batignolles is open only on Saturdays, here’s an option among the Paris markets open on Sundays: Marche Raspail. This organic market is in the 6th arrondissement of Paris and comes with up to 150 stalls to choose from for organic finds.
If you consider yourself a bookworm, there’s only one market to go: Marche Brassens. This amazing weekend market in Paris (104 Rue Brancion) is the best place to look for old and second-hand books. Marché Brassens is open only during weekends from 9 AM to 6 PM, and it’s built within a 19th-century pavilion where you could spend hours looking for unique and rare book finds.
Of course, most of the books are in French and you can find paperback items for 1 Euro, as well as a few coveted collector’s pieces.
Marché de la Rue Mouffetard
This is another one of the best food markets in Paris to hunt down when in the city. This market is in Marche de la Rue Mouffetard. This bustling market is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 8 AM to 1 PM and it features tons of fresh produce from local farmers giving the city dwellers access to fresh fruits and vegetables, among other fresh goods. Aside from the food available in this market, it’s popular because you’ll find it within the Latin Quarter where there are many notable tourist attractions and landmarks to check out nearby.
This market is busiest during the weekend when the locals come to shop. And if you’re interested in checking it out, the closest metro to get here is Censier – Daubenton. You can also take the bus route 47.
For the food lovers, Marche Saint-Quentin is a must when in Paris. You’ll find this food market on 85B Boulevard de Magenta. It’s a delightful treat to your taste buds that you can get to visit from Tuesdays to Sundays from 8 AM to 8 PM (except Sundays when it closes at 1:30PM).
This market really has everything you could imagine: food stalls selling all kinds of food from various cuisines. There are also other businesses such as cafeteria, florist, and clothing alteration stand in the market.
Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux
The Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux is an interesting market to visit in Paris because it’s filled with all the kinds of flowers you could imagine. People know it as the flowers and birds market, and here you’ll find all colors and species of flowers and birds in one area. It’s a paradise for floral and bird lovers!
This flower market has been around since 1808 and is open all days of the week from 9:30 AM to 7 PM. This market is close to many hotels, restaurants, and other attractions.
Marché d’Aligre (also called Beauvau market)
Marche d’Aligre or Beauvau Market is one of the most famous markets in Paris. It’s a lively venue in the 12th arrondissement that has been around since the 18th century. There’s an indoor section but the outdoor Parisian market has more of an authentic vibe to it. Here you’ll find bakeries serving up freshly baked pastries and breads, some cozy bars inside the market, and other Parisian style bistros to drink up your favorite wine and Parisian treats.
This market is open from Tuesdays to Fridays from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM, and Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
Right behind the UNESCO headquarters, the Marche Saxe-Breteuil is one of the most popular food and open-air markets in Paris. I assure you’ll be delighted to stroll around the market stalls that sell incredible produce, such as fish, flowers, fruits, and vegetables. The most unique aspect that makes this market very popular is that you get to enjoy a view of the Eiffel Tower from there.
This open-air market has a charm of its own with artfully designed stalls. Aside from the fresh produce and items you can buy here, you’ll find prepared foods you can enjoy to fuel your day of shopping too. This market is open on Thursdays from 7 AM to 2:30 PM and Saturdays only, from 7 AM to 3 PM
Marche Dejean is another go-to area for tourists visiting Paris and for those who are into shopping. Considered as the best place to buy manioc or tilapia, this market specializes in West African goods (as this is the heart of the West African community in Paris). You can find halal food stalls, butcher shops, cafes, and other shops that sell exotic flavors and smells in this Paris street market.
To get here, you can take the Chateau Rouge metro. The market is open all days of the week from 9 AM to 9 PM (except Friday where it closes at 1:45 PM and resumes operation at 2:45 PM).
Marché President Wilson
Known as the largest open-air market in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, the Marche President Wilson is a local’s favorite, especially those seeking gourmet food finds. This market is filled with epicurean delights where discerning foodies and top chefs come together. This market is right in front of Palais de Tokyo and spans almost the entire length of the Avenue President-Wilson (which is why it’s named as such). You simply can’t leave Paris without a sampling of these epicurean bites to delight your taste buds!
This market is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 AM to 2:30 PM (or up to 3 PM on Saturdays). To get here, take the metro to Iena.
Marché de Saint-Pierre
To complete your shopping adventure in Paris, you can head to Marche de Saint-Pierre. This market in 2 Rue Charles Nodier is open from Mondays to Saturdays from 10 AM to 6:30 PM, and until 7 PM on Saturdays. It’s in the northern portion of Paris and is well-known among Parisians for having the largest collection of fabric stores in the city. Here, you’ll find all kinds of fabric materials, patterns, and colors. You can even find stalls from flagship brands!
It’s a haven for DIY-ers or creative types as you can find every material you can possibly work with.