My Gay Paris: Grocery Shopping Paris Style, Marché des Enfants Rouges

For many people, one of the biggest advantages of staying in a furnished apartment is the fact that you can make your own meals. Not only does that help keep costs down—saving money that you can splurge on that one really special restaurant—it’s also more convenient because you can choose what to eat and when.

Gastronomie à la française

But just because you go self-catering in Paris doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on any classic French gastronomy. In fact, you actually have an even wider choice than you would do if you were eating out because you can visit local suppliers and pick up the very best produce.

It’s hardly a secret that the French love their food, and Paris offers a very wide selection of excellent produce, both locally-grown and imported, that you can buy fresh every day. For many residents, a daily visit to the market to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables, before calling in at the butcher’s or the wine merchants is still the way to prepare the daily meal.

But with so much choice, where should you go to the best fresh food?

Covered Market

Today, we’re looking at the Marché des Enfants Rouges, in the trendy North Marais district. This covered market  has two advantages over its outdoor counterparts which take place around the city at various points during the week. First of all, you’re indoors, so you can go about your shopping even in the middle of winter. Secondly, it’s open every day, so you don’t have to worry about getting to the market on the right day at the right time.

A Shed, A Well And A Stable

It’s located on the site of the oldest surviving market in Paris, which started life as little more than a wooden shed with a well and a stable back in 1615 to help provide food for the Marais, which was at the time a ‘new’ development!

It lasted down the years and was handed over to the city in 1912. It closed in 1994 for some running repairs but only re-opened at the turn of the century after extensive renovation work.


Nowadays, the Marché des Enfants Rouges offers some of the finest food in the Marais, day in, day out, and you can call in to pick up produce, wine, cheese, bread and much more besides. And if you’re feeling too lazy to cook any of it yourself, then there are a number of restaurants and stalls selling food to go, with a communal seating area reserved for customers who would rather enjoy their food on the spot.

WHAT: Marché des Enfants Rouges Covered Market
WHERE: 39, rue de Bretagne, Marais
WHEN: Tuesday to Saturday, 8:30 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 7:30 pm, 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays; Sunday 8:30 am to 2 pm

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