Marché Bastille – Bastille Market
Paris food market open Thursday and Sunday
No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to one of the many outdoor food markets. Even if your accommodations don’t include kitchen facilities, you’ll find these markets to be a vibrant, colorful and all together delicious experience. Plenty of vendors offer food that can be eaten standing, seated or as takeaway for a picnic or reheating.
One of the biggest and most popular food markets is Marché Bastille or the Bastille Food Market. Large covered stalls fill the sprawling Boulevard Richard Lenoir, a pedestrian-only square. Bountiful piles of fresh fruit and vegetables are interspersed with an enormous variety of local and regional cheese, fresh, smoked and cured meat, outstanding fish and seafood, as well as bread, pastries and other specialties. Ethnic food stalls prepare take away favorites such as sausages, pork chops and rice, roasted chicken, and fresh crepes made to order. Bulk spices and olives, paté, jam and honey round out the food options.
While food is the main focus at Marché Bastille, you’ll find plenty of non-perishables as well. A few vendors sell the obligatory clothing, socks and related staples and junk Paris souvenirs, but more interesting are the ones selling scarves, bags, artisan soaps, fabrics, jewelry, and fresh plants and flowers.
The Richard Lenoir Market, located at Place de la Bastille, is open Thursday and Sunday, beginning approximately 7:30am and ending somewhere around 2:00pm.
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