Monday, May 21, 2012

Markets of Paris

Paris marche are one of the best things to do on a Sunday aren't they?
I seem to return to the Raspail Bio marche every Sunday.
It never disappoints for pure visual beauty.
Chef Marthe pointed out the best purveyors for herbs and olive oil. Having a knowledgable guide makes a huge difference.
The new 2nd edition of Markets of Paris is the next best thing. Now lighter weight so easy to bring along. I know I will in July.
I'm loving the new organization. It's set up by arrondissements rather than Paris Central-East-North-West etc. like the last edition. So much easier to find exactly the marche you want. Crafts, antiques, books and fleas are included. In the back is a list of marche open (44) on Sundays.
There are maps front and back of the book.
Maybe because I run so much during the week, I like to relax a bit on Sundays and go to the food marches. I'm such a creature of habit going back to the same place over and over. A good reason to take a tour like Paris By Mouth to marche Bastille to try someplace new.
It's always a good to get there early before the good stuff is gone.
Look for sellers with long lines.

Like this fish monger - I learned that from Phyllis but it's common sense.
I'm captivated by the kitchen gizmo man (I love my herbe-chopping sissors)
A woman at the next stand tells me I should buy this goat cheese (only available that week). Course it was all gone. Still a la prochaine/next time as they say.
I ♥ this dryed fruit and nut bread.

I only buy radishes at the marches.

I knew M. would have that bread at lunch later. She lives near Raspail marche - Lucky duck!
You'd think the way Parisian dogs are so often off the lead they could hold your place in line while you shop elsewhere.
Always a slew of French kiddies at the marches.

Take a look on Amazon  at the newest Markets of Paris
Maybe next trip I'll visit some new marche with this in my valise. Why do I always go back to the same marches?

35 comments:

  1. On my last visit to Paris, I made my first visit to the Raspail Bio marche. I got up very early that Sunday morning, went out for a café crème, then stumbled upon the market while photographing the still quiet city streets. How I wish I could visit it every Sunday...

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    1. Oh me too...what a nice idea!

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  2. We rented an apartment on rue Dominique & rue Cler ... I could have lived there forever and had all that wonderful food without going farther than a block or two.
    I need to go back to Paris .. it has been too long :)
    besitos

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    1. I'll be staying close to rue Cler this summer..thanks for the reminder of that marche.
      They have wonderful brocantes now and then too.

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    2. We had such a good time, shopping on rue Cler each day for breakfast or snacks .. and like here in BA, they treat you as an old customer the second time you come in . It was lovely. It was Paris- how could it not be lovely ? :)

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  3. MUCH FOOD ...! WE ALL MUST BE RICH ... only know OLIVES ... LOL!
    BEYOND BEAUTIFUL WEEK, affection!

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  4. Have you ever tried the potato galettes made by the fellow at the entrance to Raspail marche bio? Always a long line, but deliciously worth it!

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    1. YES! I have.
      once is enough but delicious

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    2. I agree... and I apologize for the fact that it appears my comment posted multiple times... please feel free to delete!!

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    3. Anonymous12:35 PM

      DO YOU KNOW IF HE IS ONLY THERE ON SUNDAY?

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  5. Have you ever tried the potato galettes made by the fellow at the entrance to Raspail marche bio? Always a long line, but deliciously worth it!

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  6. Have you ever tried the potato galettes made by the fellow at the entrance to Raspail marche bio? Always a long line, but deliciously worth it!

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  7. Carol, you have such a knack for capturing children, that last picture with the little girl simply took my breath away!

    It is amazing that these markets are open on Sundays. I wonder when the farmers get their day off.

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    1. 44 markets (of all kinds-flea, crafts, birds etc)are OPEN ON SUNDAYS!!
      I counted in the back fo the book.

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    2. Her mother seems to be holding the kiddie's doudou between her legs while she snacks..

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  8. Visual beauty is right! I'd love to buy fresh produce in Paris :)
    Le sigh.
    Eat Cake

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  9. Just imagine Ozzie holding my place in line, when someone tries to cut in front of him. First, he would smile broadly, showing those immaculate, big shiny dents. Then he would growl. My place would be assured!

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  10. Oh to be able to buy food daily from markets like these.
    How adorable is that little girl's outfit?
    And this post reminds me - I found your nifty little palm lemon zester in a wonderful kitchen shop in Prague this week! small world, eh?

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    1. you do have Bourough market but not so convenient I suppost

      That palm zester is rockin'!

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  11. sophia2:46 PM

    because we often stay at the Lutetia, the Raspail marche is our preferred market…we love that fruit bread and bring it back to the US. The guy who makes it is a huge flirt….

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  12. Lucinda3:00 PM

    I have the older edition of Markets of paris but I like the changes in the new version
    merci
    Lucinda

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  13. Geri, NJ3:04 PM

    I've never had the pleasure of visiting the markets. A year ago my daughter rented an apt. on Rue Grenelle ? near Rue Cler; I got the impression that it was the highlight of her trip. It sounded so wonderful.

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  14. So, you discovered that one cannot live on macarons only! Good! :-)

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  15. That all looks so good!

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  16. These are wonderful. I must admit I'm also a creature of habit.

    I never shop in Supermarkets but only in Farmers Market here in London so am particularly fond of this post. I love the book. Next time I'm in Paris I will follow your advice. Merci.

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    1. Oooo I love supermarkets too
      all those pretty packages with French words on them entice me no end.
      My museum!!

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  17. I couldn't get to that market last trip, but next time I will...I did LOVE the outdoor market in St. Rémy this time though...In my city in Maine we have a Farmer's Market that reminds me of the outdoor markets in France. I'll post about it soon. I think it's amazing that the metropolitan city of Paris has such country delights & so many! Thanks for showing this!

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    1. The trick is not to go one time.
      You have to go A LOT
      Or go with someone who KNOWS the best places to shop.
      Otherwise it's overwhelming-
      The endless choices.

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  18. Carol, you've whetted my appetite with this post. How do you think the Parisian markets compare to our NYC farmers market days at Union Square?

    xo

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    1. The setup is different, especially Raspail, which is like walking through a long tunnel with purveyors on either side. Plus you know at the very end is the onion crepe guy.
      A lot of purveyors dress up in country outfits - big hats etc.
      A taste of the campagne for those who couldn't go away for the weekend perhaps?

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  19. I love French markets! I used to go there really early in the morning for crepes for breakfast :) Yum! xoxo.

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  20. I love French markets too. The photos all look wonderful. I would love an iphone app for this

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  21. This book looks great ... How to turn sunday mornings into treasure hunts !

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  22. Thank you for your beautiful coverage! Great photos.

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  23. Love the new edition!
    Please do an AP!!

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