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“Hidden Market in Le Marais”

Marche des Enfants Rouges
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“Hidden Market in Le Marais”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

We were staying just above this market and please be warned, it is slightly hidden unless you are looking for it. I thought it would be much bigger and was expecting more, perhaps. Nonetheless, if you find yourself near rue de Bretagne, stop here and eat or shop. We bought excellent fruit and vegetables to cook from here and really enjoyed the different foods being prepared there as well. Do know that few taxi drivers will know where this is, so just give the address but don't expect them to know where to take you by name alone. It is not a huge market and I don't think it is well known to Parisians outside of this area. We mentioned that our place was near this marche (as apoint of reference that I thought was being helpful) and the driver had no idea where that was but got us to our flat (which was literally above this market!).

Visited September 2013
Thank Martha G
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“Where everything "old" is new again...”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

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!

Visited August 2013
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Ghent, Belgium
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“Best Crêpes in Town!”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

This covered market is ideal for brunch/lunch/coffee. There is this bakery in the middle row where they served the best crêpes in Paris, or probably in the whole world too! They also served freshly made sandwiches (all ingredients are fresh from the farmers, you can actually see them getting the ingredients from the shops there).

Visited May 2013
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“Worth a couple of hours! Lunch in Paris”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

Surprisingly, this place is not very well known among Parisians as a whole. Be sure and get reliable directions before you set out to find it. We asked shop owners three blocks away and they had no clue where it was. We enjoyed the morning here the sights and smells are amazing. It's a great place FTP eat lunch and then move on to other sights. Probably the best panini on fresh baked French bread I will ever eat. Also check out all the artisan mustards and spreads they have .. YUM. Little things like Truffled Honey! Killer! This is a collection of artisan food vendors from just about every corner of the world. Moroccan? Greek? Turkish? Indian? French? Italia?
They got it!

Visited June 2013
Thank Bud H
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Warwick, New York
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“delightfully Parisian”
Reviewed July 4, 2013

This is the oldest covered food market in Paris. It's not really large but it's charming with so many colors of flowers and fresh vegetables at stands under an open-air cover. I was staying in the Marais so it was convenient. It would be great if you have cooking facilities because everything we tasted was very fresh. There is fresh fish for sale as well. It is closed Monday and between 2-4pm There are tables set up nearby and if you want to eat inside, there is a small restaurant run by a woman named Estelle. I didn't know a poached egg and glass of wine could be so good!

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Dorothy B
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