No visit to France is complete without a tour of a French market. But you don’t have to wait for your next trip to the south of France to enjoy a proper French market experience. Every Parisian has his or her favorite market in Paris. With at least one market by arrondissement of which there are 20. From the marchés ambulants (which are built up and torn down once to twice weekly), to the covered markets and even the rue commercantes (commercial streets), you can’t lose in Paris when it comes to fresh produce. As I’ve said time and time again, when in France you truly need to enjoy the spoils.
In the bustling 12th arrondissement of Paris lies the Marché d’Aligre market, a vibrant symbol of the city’s rich culinary and cultural heritage. Operating every morning except Mondays, this unique market offers a blend of history, gastronomy, antiques, and local charm, making it a must-visit destination for anyone exploring Paris.
History and Location: Dating back to the late 18th century, the Marché d’Aligre market is among Paris’ oldest and most revered markets. It consists of two parts: the covered Beauvau market, a historical food hall built in 1779, and the lively open-air market along Rue d’Aligre. Named after Étienne François d’Aligre, a notable figure in Parisian history, this market has long been a hub for local traders and artisans.
The Market Experience: A visit to the Marché d’Aligre market is a sensory journey. The open-air section bursts with colors and aromas, offering everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to artisanal cheeses and wines. The covered Beauvau market complements this with a selection of butchers, fishmongers, and delicatessens, providing a glimpse into the gourmet soul of Paris. The surrounding area, with its antique stalls and vibrant street life, adds to the market’s eclectic charm.
Cultural Significance: The Marché d’Aligre market is not just a place for shopping; it’s a significant cultural landmark in Paris. It reflects the city’s dynamic history and has been a site of social and commercial exchange for over two centuries. The market’s ties to revolution and popular revolt, particularly during the French Revolution and the Paris Commune, add layers of historical depth to its bustling aisles.
Let’s Eat Paris Tour: Our Let’s Eat Paris tour offers an immersive experience at the Marché d’Aligre market. We explore its nooks and crannies, sample local delicacies, and interact with the charismatic vendors. It’s an opportunity to experience Parisian life authentically and to understand why this market remains a beloved spot for locals and food enthusiasts alike.
Location, Hours, and Access: The Marché d’Aligre market is located at Place d’Aligre and Rue d’Aligre, in the 12th arrondissement. The nearest metro stations are Ledru-Rollin (Line 8) and Faidherbe-Chaligny (Line 8). The outdoor market operates every day except Monday, from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm on weekdays and from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm on weekends. The covered Beauvau market is open from Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 7:30 pm; on weekends, it’s open all day from 9 am to 7:30 pm.
The Marché d’Aligre market is more than just a market; it’s a living tapestry of Parisian history, culture, and gastronomy. Whether you’re a food lover, a history buff, or simply someone who enjoys the vibrancy of city life, this market is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. Join us on the Let Eat Paris tour, and let’s savor the flavors of this remarkable city together.
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