They say that you can find a food market in Paris in every corner of the city. The Enfants Rouges covered market, created in 1615. Paris’s oldest food market is situated in the Haut Marais, close to rue de Bretagne.
World Gastronomies in the Oldest Food Market in Paris
Parisians and tourists enjoy buying lots of fresh products at these stalls full of colour and fragrance. The friendly atmosphere is ideal for a quick lunch at the Italian deli, the organic stand, the Lebanese caterer, or the Japanese snack bar. On Sunday, brunch fans head to L’Estaminet; a restaurant tucked away in the market’s heart or La Petite Fabrique.
This covered market is one of the oldest in the city, one of Paris’s hidden corners that you cannot miss. The market is trendy among locals and hosts different food stalls to taste some of the most delicious Parisian dishes.
History of The Oldest Food Market in Paris
The Marché Les Enfants Rouges gets its name from an old orphanage in the area, in which the children wore red. Founded in 1615 by two of King Louis XIII’s war commissioners to supply food to the emerging Le Marais district, this market was built on the site of an orphanage. An orphanage from 1534 in which the children always wore red as a show of charity.
Currently, and since 1912, the market is owned by the city of Paris and has 2,000 m2. This historical place is now becoming a touristic hotspot, the market is equipped to fill the emptiest of stomachs, with its impressive range of Italian, Lebanese, African, Japanese and other stalls.
Le Marché Les Enfants Rouge is a must-visit for anyone who loves food while visiting Paris.
39 rue de Bretagne. 3e Arrondissement
From Tuesday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday from 8:30 to 16:00
Closed on Mondays.
How to get there?
Subway: Filles du Calvaire, Saint Sébastien Froissard
Le Marais neighborhood.
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