Hello, my name is Maria and I’m obsessed by food markets. If you are a foodie too, strolling through Rue Cler and Rue de Buci is food for the soul. They are two of the best food markets in Paris. This blog post will tell you why you should seek these out.
Most people visit Paris for a weekend. So although you might love to experience a market, meandering with the locals, you don’t want to go too far out your way because you only have a couples of days to fit everything in.
Why I think these two are the best food markets in Paris
- Both of these markets are in areas that are well worth visiting for many reasons other than the market themselves.
- Also. they are all about the food, rather than flea (which I find boring usually).
- They are small but quality markets, supplying incredible food stuff.
- Fantastically, both are along streets filled top quality food shops. It’s all about Parisian food at it’s best.
- Finally, both are relatively free from tourists and popular with locals so you can absorb yourself into Parisian food culture.
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Rue de Buci in the St-Germaine-des-Près area
The lively food market is held here every morning. The area is synonymous with intellectual life centred around the bars and cafès.
As we were staying in a roof top apartment with a kitchen we were looking for food for tea.
So, we take picking the correct cheese for our supper to a deeper, more considered level.
I find myself staring at the choice in a daze. How do you make a decision? Fortunately, Andy has his intellect switched on and a choice is made.
These potatoes are quite heavenly and fondant in style as they are cooked at the bottom of a rotisserie oven in the buttery chicken juices. Large scoop please…
We took one of the roasted chickens to accompany the potatoes.
The Parisians are dog lovers too and Charlotte and I find ourselves meeting and greeting as many pooches as we can. I fell in love with this one.
Around Rue de Buci you will find many cafes and food shops, such as Grom gelato and playful Macaroon shops, but this one has become a firm favourite.
Bellota-Bellota is a temple to Iberian cuisine, so us girls take a chair while our men have some fun. Andy is given the chance to slice a few slithers off himself!
The tasting is done and various slices are bought.
Nearby along a very old lane you come across this dazzling chocolate mecca Un Dimanche a Paris. It sells everything your chocolate loving heart desires.
It’s us girls are in our element this time.
I get such a buzz seeing things made so well.
and to watch the patisseries and chocolates being made in the spotless kitchen (positioned between their shop and their restaurant).
Rue Cler in the seventh arrondissement
This is the richest quarter in Paris and can be found between the Eiffel Tower and the Hotel des Invalides. So you can be confident of some excellent food produce here!
Here, everything seems top notch. Even this little girl is impressed.
This shop smelt incredible and was absolutely rammed with French cheeses.
The street was filled with locals. This Parisian lady knew exactly what she wanted.
There are lots of cafés with outside seating, so more chances to love up some cute canines. Charlotte still hasn’t got over this one.
You see this shop a lot in the guide books. It is a feast for the eyes.
The shop itself is stuffed full of Italian produce!
As you’d expect wine shops are everywhere in Paris.
As we began our walk away from Rue Cler we came across this little gem – Aux Merveilleux de Fred.
We were not sure what it was selling, but crossed the road impressed by its chandelier.
Turns out they make exquisite meringues and little else. They had vanilla, coffee and chocolate left.
They were light, airy, and crispy when you bite them, but then you get a soft, smooth, rich cream filling inside.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my two best food markets in Paris. Do you have any favourites of your own? I’d love to hear about them. Leave a comment below!