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Paris and lip-smacking gastronomy go hand-in-hand. Not only is the French capital the perfect place to sample the nation's traditional dishes and specialties, but it is a cosmopolitan haven of cuisine from around the world.


Eat your way around the City of Light at all its best indoor and outdoor markets with this guide to the finest food spots in town.


Top 5 for foodies

  • Marche des Enfants Rouges

    Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris

    One of the most famous in Paris, this under-cover market is located in the 3rd arrondissement. The building itself was once a 16th century orphanage where the children wore Christian charity-donated clothes in red, giving the market its name.

    If you love not only your French classics, but international fare, this is the place to come with extensive Lebanese, African and Thai cuisines to sample.

  • Marche Saint-Martin

    31-33 Rue du Château d'Eau, 75010 Paris

    This small, intimate market is the perfect alternative to the busy hustle and bustle of its larger, more touristy counterparts. Famed for its high-quality produce, rather than the volume of stock, the stallholders will passionately tell you about their artisanal foods, where they come from and how they’re made.

    Eclectic and, at times eccentric, sample the upmarket ‘junk’ food at Au Comptoir de Brice and excellent German smoked meats and beer.

  • Le Food Market

    24-34 Boulevard de Belleville, 75011 Paris

    One of the city’s newest food markets, this celebration of open-air street food is Paris’ answer to already-popular, similar markets in London and Berlin. This instalment offers a delectable roam around the globe, all in one street.

    Take a bite of Moroccan, Mexican, French and vegan dishes, to name but a few, and either sit at a bench and soak up the atmosphere or take your food away with you to find one of Paris’ famous sights for your backdrop.

  • Marche President-Wilson

    Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris

    This enormous market sprawls the entire length of the Avenue President-Wilson and is a haven for foodies. Explore traditional Parisian specialities at every turn, from cheese to offal, wine to crepes.

    Make sure you arrive hungry and do plenty of browsing before committing to your dish – or you could easily do a day here, grazing your way through this capital’s delicious gastronomy.

  • Marché Rue Mouffetard

    Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris

    As one of the oldest markets in Paris, and in one of the most architecturally interesting areas, this food market is well worth a visit. Its Latin Quarter location is upmarket and boasts wonderful medieval history, including a 12th-century church.

    The market itself entices customers with its array of fresh fruits and bread, as well as organic and fair-trade produce for you to take home and cook up a storm.

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