Best food markets in Paris: Rue Cler and Rue de Buci

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 an experience for the soul. They are two of the best food markets in Paris.

Rue de Buci in the St-Germaine-des-Pres area of Paris holds a lively food market every morning. The area is synonymous with intellectual life centered around the bars and cafes.

Rue de Buci food market in St Germain des Pres, Paris

Cheese at Rue de Buci food market in St Germain des Pres, Paris

So, we take picking the correct cheese for our supper to a deeper, more considered level.

Tasting cheese at Rue de Buci food market in St Germain des Pres, Paris

I find myself staring at the choice in a dream-like state. Fortunately, Andy has his intellect switched on and a choice is made.

Tasting cheese at Rue de Buci food market in St Germain des Pres, Paris

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…

Rue de Buci food market in St Germain des Pres, Paris

We took one of the roasted chickens to accompany the potatoes.

Chickens at Rue de Buci food market in St Germain des Pres, Paris

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.

Meeting a dog at Rue de Buci food market in St Germain des Pres, Paris

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.

Rue de Buci in St Germain des Pres, Paris

Bellota-Bellota is a temple to Iberian cuisine, so us girls take a chair while our men have some fun.

Rue de Buci in St Germain des Pres, Paris

The tasting is done and various slices are bought.

Rue de Buci in St Germain des Pres, Paris

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.

Un Dimanche a Paris

Us girls are in our element this time.

Un Dimanche a Paris

It’s such a pleasurable experience seeing things made so well.

Un Dimanche a Paris

and to watch the patisseries and chocolates being made in the spotless kitchen (positioned between their shop and their restaurant).

Un Dimanche a Paris

Un Dimanche a Paris

Un Dimanche a Paris

Ahhh, I could stay all day it’s so pretty.

Un Dimanche a Paris

I’m persuaded to leave by the promise of a visit to Rue Cler. It is found in the seventh arrondissement, the richest in Paris, between the Eiffel Tower and the Hotel des Invalides.

Rue Cler food market in the Invalides and Eiffel Tower Quarter, Paris

Here, everything seems top notch. Even this little girl is impressed.

Rue Cler food market in the Invalides and Eiffel Tower Quarter, Paris

Flowers at Rue Cler food market in the Invalides and Eiffel Tower Quarter, Paris

This shop smelt incredible and was absolutely rammed with French cheeses.

Rue Cler food market in the Invalides and Eiffel Tower Quarter, Paris

This Parisian lady knew exactly what she wanted.

Rue Cler food market in the Invalides and Eiffel Tower Quarter, Paris

Rue Cler food market in the Invalides and Eiffel Tower Quarter, Paris

There are lots of cafes and more chances to love up some cute canines. Charlotte still hasn’t got over this one.

Rue Cler food market in the Invalides and Eiffel Tower Quarter, Paris

You see this shop a lot in the guide books. It is a feast for the eyes.

Rue Cler food market in the Invalides and Eiffel Tower Quarter, Paris

Rue Cler food market in the Invalides and Eiffel Tower Quarter, Paris

and is stuffed full of Italian produce.

Rue Cler food market in the Invalides and Eiffel Tower Quarter, Paris

As you’d expect wine shops are everywhere in Paris.

Rue Cler food market in the Invalides and Eiffel Tower Quarter, Paris

As we began our walk away from Rue Cler we came across this little gem – Aux Merveilleux de Fred.

Aux Merveilleux de Fred, Paris

Not sure what it was selling but crossed the road impressed by its chandelier.

The lighting at Aux Merveilleux de Fred, Paris

Turns out they make exquisite meringues and little else. They had vanilla, coffee and chocolate left.

Aux Merveilleux de Fred, Paris

Aux Merveilleux de Fred, Paris

They were light, airy, and crispy when you bite them, but then you get a soft, smooth, rich cream filling inside.

Aux Merveilleux de Fred, Paris

Perfect end to a perfectly foodie day.

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