One of the highlights of our trip to Paris. Just an amazing outdoor market that puts ones in the US to shame. It's a perfect place to stock up on picnic supplies and then head over to the Place de Vosges (or any park/ site) to eat all the goodies you acquired. Don't forget to buy a knife for slicing the salamis, cheese and fruit you bought. The market is also a great place to take photographs.
Easy to find - just North of the Bastille monument. Actually right over the Canal St. Martin.
This is my happy place. Walking through this market, you cannot help but be filled with inspiration and a desire to go home to cook the gorgeous things offered here.
Certainly my favorite market in the entire city, and a great place to people watch and observe all the locals picking up their produce. Great nibbles here too in case you forgot to stop for breakfast before coming to the market!
Awesome farmer's market! Very touristy (you can hear lots of English), but who really cares? There are more than enough true Parisians around that you can feel like a local.
Marche Bastille has everything: fruits and vegetables, food stands, poissoneries (fish mongers), boulongeries (bakeries), and fromageries (cheese stands). There are even stands selling clothing and other junk, but I kept my distance from those. There are stands where you can get prepared food; I got a delicious smoked salmon and chevre crepe.
The market is huge, covering several city blocks, and it is open on Thursdays and Sundays.
I'm in Love!
Where we were staying in Bastile, this little market was right out the front door practically!
This open air market is so amazing, it has every fruit and vegetable you can imagine and all laid out so beautifully. It happens on Thursday and Sunday, the perfect days to do your grocery shopping, right? Oh, the French, they think of everything cool with regards to food, right?
The colors and smells and presentation just floored me and made me want to move over there for a little while, just because.
I loved the fresh made pasta, and the organic meats. The vendors are so sweet, especially to the people who have very bad French but who are trying, like me :-)
I could butcher the the fuck out of the French language all day at this market and not break a sweat, that's how much I loved it!!
Toward the monument at the top of the street, you could find vendors with clothing and such, some furniture and knick-knacks. I got some cool herbs and spices that I cannot get here in the US too.
Overall, this market is just beautiful and I can't wait to go back and explore it more.
This is a fantastic place to get any delicious hot food at reasonable/cheap prices - Libanese, Italian, Indian, French (crèpes, galettes, etc.) The fruits and vegetables are much cheaper than the markets and the quality is about the same as well. It is perhaps my favorite staple of the neighborhood! It always feels really festive and I have been going at least once every week since I arrived in Paris.
Went with my daughter and co-critic, on our Paris vacation, Aug. 2012. Went specifically for the rotisserie chicken. It was closing on the day we went and unfortunately the day we returned, it ws not open. The day to go is on Thursday, when the market is open
This outdoor market is also known as the Richard Lenoir Marche, just to avoid any confusion.
About the only thing opened on a Sunday, other than church, I got onto the Metro 4 from Clignancourt and made my way to the Richard Lenoir Marche at 8 am. One thing I noticed from being up so entirely too early, is that the morning light in Paris is spectacular. The light in Paris is always beautiful, but something about a morning where the streets are scarce with the usual encroachment of people, makes it even more beautiful. Another thing I noticed, this is church...for gastronomes.
When I got to one of the biggest markets in Paris, the light casted a romantic shadow over the sprawled out rows of Technicolour treats. They were all taunting you to commit sinful activities on a Sunday along the Boulevard Lenoir. Most of the vendors had just finished setting up, wandering the aisles blessing you with their goods like a monsignor waving his thurible. In fact, most vendors weren't entirely finished, like the Pain A L'Ancienne Boulangerie that weren't finished stacking up their menagerie of crusty breads and pastries. One of the men, I assume the owner, was getting his work out of squats, twisting, and pulling things out of a myriad of yellow baskets and not irritated by the fact I was clearly being obtrusive and indecisive. Too overwhelmed to choose what I wanted, too early to get my mind in the game, he asked if I needed help and I said I wasn't sure, he winked at me and kept on with his morning squats. Ok, that probably never happens in church. That's when I got the courage to walk up to the platform and receive my communal wafer: one baguette, one pain au chocolat and two croissants. The Marche was the first time I had seen rotisserie chickens out in the open, that scent of their viscous juices dripping onto frites. Since its Sunday, if you don't feel like cooking you can choose between other pre-prepared meals, the smell of Moroccan cooking on Bunsen burners, stuffed cabbage rolls, stuffed pastries with various meats. The seafood was so fresh, so vivid, everything was crawling, bubbling and speaking in tongues (or soft lulling chants if you're Catholic)...and smelled of the sea. Endless pews of brightly coloured in-season fruits and vegetables, cheese and meats out in the open and are I insane for remembering no flies around? Even the flies respect the architect. With my rudimentary French, if you can even call it that, I still managed in this market. A cheese maker, middle-aged woman with pale platinum hair laughed as I held out my hands far apart to symbolize a lot...and my fingers close together to symbolize a little amount. Hey, when all else fails, use sign language. I walked away with quite the holy picnic: Salami, aged cheddar, grapes, pears, baguette, croissants, pain au chocolat and an apple.
As I sat along the Seine and watched the water, my meditative moment of silence (with the occasional crunch of baguette) and the blue sky washed away all my worries and sins I accumulated back home, giving me the strength to make it another day.
I had a wonderful time at the market! It was full of smells and delicious bites and we took dinner home with us. We were able to buy fresh bread, fruits and vegetables, look at African wares, scarves, scarves and more scarves, eggs, rotisserie chickens, cheese, fruit juices, olives, herbs and my favorite tripe. I had a ball and simply wished that I could have stayed all day.
U.S. farmers markets can't hold a candle to this amazing, expansive, and wonder of wonders. From cheese to meat to bread, flowers, clothes, and so much more this market was one of the highlights of our trip (due to its proximity to our B&B). We loved all of the French Markets, but this was by far the largest. Go watch Parisians shop for their dinner and be amazed at just how fresh everything is. I have pined for this market every day since our return home. Go enjoy!
You can get your hands on pretty much any fresh food at the Bastille markets at reasonable prices. There are loads of different fresh fruit and vegetables stalls with loads of choice, along with many other stalls. The prices and quality tended to be much better than that in the supermarket. In addition the markets had a great atmosphere, buzzing with locals doing their shopping. I think they start pretty early, about 9am on a Sunday morning and last until about 12.
we tend to try and visit the bastille market whenever we are in paris on a thursday or a sunday. it's so wonderful! stuffed to the gills with fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, wines, chicken, seafood...and anything you can possibly think of. i wish so much i lived nearby this market - being able to use this as your weekly food shopping destination is heaven!
marche bastille was located right at the foot of our metro stop. we would buy baguettes, cheese, veg, and meats to make sandwiches for our daily excursion from here. the freshest fruit and veg, savory meats, mouthwatering pastries, and other cool non-edible things can be found here.
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