There’s something about a morning walk - the fresh air invigorating you with every breath, the new sun filling the sky with golden rays of sunshine - that verges on enchanting. Throw in a farmers market with rainbows of fresh vegetables, ripe fruits, and healing herbs and the rest of the day can hardly go wrong.
So often we speak of bringing awareness to our eating habits, but this action starts with the buying process. Where do you go to buy your food? Do you pay attention to the quality of ingredients that you are looking for? Do you take in the sights and smells of the environment? We’ve compiled a list of 5 our favorite farmers markets in Paris to help you get started.
Kicking off our list is the Marché Bio Batignolles, where all products are 100% organic. Although not all products at this market, or others, come from France, vendors are required to disclose their origins - making it easy to buy locally. Walk the length of this market and discover everything from fresh produce, to hormone-free meats, dairy products, and more.
When: Saturday, 8:30am - 1:30pm
Where: 34 Boulevard des Batignolles
Metro: Rome, Villiers - Lines 2, 3
Next we’ll take a journey to Rive Gauche, where you can find the Marché Biologique Raspail. Operating since 1989, this market also offers 100% organic products. You’ll find lots of Parisian locals flocking to this market every Sunday picking up quality fruits, meats, pastries, and more. In fact, each vendor has been certified for their quality of products, and with roughly 50 stalls, you’re sure to find some of the best ingredients Paris has to offer.
When: Sunday, 7am - 2pm
Where: Boulevard Raspail
(between Rue du Cherche Midi and Rue de Rennes)
Metro: Notre Dames des Champs, Line 12
Located adjacent to Place de la Bastille with the iconic Colonne de Juillet towering above, the Bastille market is one of the largest markets in Paris. Boasting over 100 stalls featuring you can find goods to take home or grab a bite directly from vendors. Some can’t-miss products include oysters, free-range chicken, and fresh seafood. We recommend heading here early before it gets too crowded, as it’s a large and popular spot.
When: Thursday & Sunday, 7am - 3pm
Where: 8 Boulevard Richard Lenoir
Metro: Bastille, Lines 1, 5, 8
Held three days per week, the Auguste-Blanqui market is well worth the visit. The quality is high, the prices are reasonable, and choices are abundant. Whether you want basic meats and produce, or feel more adventurous to try the likes of rabbit and pigeon, this market has you covered.
When: Tuesday & Friday, 7am - 2:30pm
Saturday, 7pm - 3pm
Where: 1-61 Boulevard Auguste-Blanqui
Metro: Corvisart, Place d’Italie - Lines 5, 6, 7
Last but certainly not least, Brancusi Market offers 100% organic products in a relaxing residential neighborhood. This small but mighty market hosts less than 15 vendors, but fear not, you can still find everything you need. Expect prices to be a bit higher here, but also expect a much more calm ambiance compared to other markets on this list.
When: Saturday, 9am - 3pm
Where: Place Constantin Brancusi
Metro: Gaité, Line 13