Marche des Enfants Rouges
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  • schmidtmg
    Switzerland995 contributions
    colourful local market
    don't quite know why other reviewers find this place "horrible" with "cheap things to eat". The market is not big, true, and many of the vegetable or other food stands have been converted into sit down places to eat. But some of those do not offer 'cheap' but actually quite decent food.. such as the Lebanese foodstall. The market may be touristy, but on Sunday brunchtime, it is teeming with locals. If you want more upmarket dairy products, go to the cheese shop on rue de Bretagne a few steps away. In between the two entrances to the market on rue de Bretagne, there is a lovely bookshop called "Comme un Roman"...
    Written October 24, 2022
  • Shanas1
    Los Angeles, California50 contributions
    Original Farmers Market
    With a variety of food stands around the perimeter. This market was much smaller than I imagined. And we went the week between Christmas and New Years and a lot of the sands were closed thru January 3rd so keep that in mind when traveling.
    Traveled with family
    Written January 4, 2020
  • Rob H
    Toronto, Canada336 contributions
    Enfants Rouges is a not to be missed market
    Really a must visit. The food purveyors are exceptional and there are numerous in market places to eat as well as to buy. Very popular with neighbourhood regulars and not too touristy. Not overly large but quaint and rustic. Very enjoyable mix of foodies, flaneurs and favoured customers.
    Written February 24, 2020
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Jose V
Tampa, FL7 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
We visited one of the food stands and were very disappointed with the overpriced menu. The place itself is, as expected, simple and rustic, the dishes very small and the prices very inflated, way out of proportion. We won’t return for sure.
Written July 16, 2021
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69andypandy69
London, UK4 contributions
Dec 2022 • Friends
We came to Au Coin Bio, just inside the market. Expensive, ordinary food. I had a tasteless, watery boeuf bourgignon, or excuse for one.
The waiter was extremely unpleasant, inappropriate and with disgusting lack of hygiene - wiping his nose with the filthiest hands, then handling plates, cutlery, glasses. Enough to make one vomit.
The worst lunch imaginable in Paris, avoid at all costs, revolting dump.
Written January 5, 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA14,604 contributions
Jun 2022
This is a lively popular foodie stop. The food market has been mostly converted to prepared food stalls, and some are good. Basic food shopping can be found on the streets around. Hard to find a place to sit.
Written June 30, 2022
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steve h
San Diego, CA3 contributions
Oct 2022
This is a food a market with fresh fruit and vegetables plus lots of little eateries inside. A wide variety of French, African and many other ethnic foods. The are warrants a full day of exploring.
Written November 5, 2022
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia42,211 contributions
Oct 2019
Marche des Enfants Rouges is a great Market place. There is food every where. There are all types of food to satisfy just about any taste. Eat in or take away! This is a must visit Market.
Written September 25, 2020
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hbf_melb
Melbourne, Australia193 contributions
Feb 2013 • Family
The oldest food market in Paris, built in 1615 under the rule of King Louis XIII; the name literally means the Market of the Red Children & refers to the red uniform worn by the children of the orphanage that was located nearby.

It was an amazing market, and the food we bought and dined on from here curled your toes it was that darn good.. And visually? What a feast! People, tables, laughter, food, children, colour, light .. a fabulous experience!

I wrote more on the markets of France here:
http://hbfotografic.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/les-marches-de-la-france-melbourne.html
Written January 25, 2014
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NatGranadaHills
Los Angeles, CA34 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
I found this place as a referral from our tour guide Paris Hidden Gems, the place is very informal but you can find almost any food you might have a craving for. We ate at the Italian restaurant whose food was delicious and well priced, tried out some Lebanese treats and bought some cheese to take home. You cannot go wrong with this place.
Written August 13, 2018
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Michelfoucault
Chicago, IL123 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
(That's yum-yum in French, and his creations are way beyond yummy.) This is a crowded group of food stalls down an alleyway off Rue de Bretagne. It was confusing for us first-timers who spoke no French, but interestingly so. There is an excellent-seeming Moroccan place, an organic French place, a decent-looking Italian place, a Japanese stall where the grilled sardines were delicious, and many other places. They all pale in comparison to the creations of Alain. People stand in line for 45 minutes or more for one of his grilled sandwiches, crepes, or galettes, and for good reason. I am gluten-sensitive, so when I learned he would make a buckwheat galette, I was thrilled. We asked for his recommendation, and he whipped up a huge buckwheat crepe which he then filled with a very savory fresh salad of lettuce, basil, tomatoes, and other tasty stuff, lots of parmesan shavings, and slices of prosciutto. Forget about your football-sized burritos or your favorite California wrap, this is a food experience on a different order. The balance of flavors, the warm crispness of the buckwheat wrapper, the abundance of the ingredients. . . I can't recommend this highly enough. It is the kind of experience that travel is all about for me--encountering something I couldn't have dreamed of exactly if I had stayed home.
Written July 27, 2014
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MosLyn
Perth, Australia258 contributions
Jun 2014 • Couples
The Enfants Rouges used to be less known by tourists but is still mainly a Parisian haunt. A review below suggests that it is closed Sunday but we only ever go on Sundays when this street is bustling and you can choose from bakeries, fruit and veg vendors, rotisserie shops, cheese shops, a seven day supermarket and the market itself. The market itself offers food from a number of cuisines but being creatures of habit we always go for the tagine and couscous guys. Today we enjoyed the lamb and prune tagine with lots of plump golden sultanas and toasted almonds with fluffy couscous. Tip for first time visitors - the entry to the market off the street is not very obvious, just a gap between the shops with an arched sign overhead.
Written June 29, 2014
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Default72915
Paris, France6,937 contributions
Aug 2013 • Solo
The Marche des Enfants Rouges is billed as "the oldest covered market in Paris". This is creative marketing at its best, and a poor excuse for a traditional public market in Paris. So much for truth in advertising. Here's what to know before you get your hopes up...

The metal structure and gates enclosing this tiny area are indeed very old, and the name refers to the red cloaks worn by children living in the orphanage nearby, many years ago. Other than that, the place fell into disrepair and was closed after WWII, and only re-furbished and re-opened by the City about 12 years ago. It's basically a modern food court, with a phony antique look to it. Some people love this, but a lot of people come away feeling deceived and unhappy that they wasted a trip across town.

There are a few fruit and vegetable stalls - produce not the best quality, since not many people actually buy food here. There are a few ethnic grocery stands selling fast food and some canned items that have seen better days. There is a stand near the entrance with some flowers that might last the afternoon. Young people and those on tight budgets eat at the cous-cous stand. There is a wine bar/bistro, L'Estaminet, that caters to those in need of a drink.

On the brighter side, on Saturday mornings there is a boulanger here who has good bread, croissants and makes pretty good sandwiches. Brighter still, leave the Marche des Enfants Rouges and head left, down rue de Bretagne, where you will find many little food shops and groceries selling all sorts of quality products. Take your goodies to the nearby park near Square du Temple, and enjoy.

Oh, speaking of deception, this particular park features a picturesque man-made cement waterfall, which almost passes for the real thing. I guess you can't have everything - but at least the City is honest about this one!
Written September 4, 2013
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