Where to eat in Paris without dozens of tourists? Oui, c’est possible! Marché des Enfants Rouges is the oldest market in Paris and the perfect example of a hidden Parisian Foodie gem! Lebanese sandwiches, Japanese food, fresh pressed juices, gluten-free treats, Moroccan couscous and buckwheat crêpes. Enter this local foodie heaven through the old iron gate in the 3rd arrondissement and indulge in some cheap yet delicious food!
Watch my Paris Vlog for an overview on this area/market + some other lovely Parisian Highlights and read on for some additional info on food choices for this location!
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Location and surrounding area
Marché des Enfants Rouges is located at a stone’s throw away from Place de la République, in one of the most trendy hipster neighborhoods in Paris ‘Le Haut Marais’. The market officially opens around 7pm in the morning, but really comes to live during lunch and on weekends.
Address: 39 rue de Bretagne, 75003
Hours: Closed on Monday, open from Tuesday-Sunday. Although each market stall’s days and hours vary.
Metro: Filles du Calvaire (8), Arts et Métiers (3)
Where to eat in Paris: the Food Choice Introduction
While Marché des Enfants Rouge started as a market place for ingredients and raw produce, there are better markets for shopping ingredients like that. This isn’t a food court: each stall operates as a separate restaurant. Food is to be consumed at a table at the stall where you’ve ordered. To avoid choosing, you can always take your meal to go, and eat in the nearby Square du Temple.
Choices and lines can be a bit overwhelming and not every stand is equally excellent. So here’s a few Tips to help you figure out where it’s wort braving the queue’s:
♥ A glass of Wine: Bibovino
♥ Japanese: Chez Taeko
♥ Moroccan: Le Traiteur Marocain – for some of the best Couscous in town!
♥ Italian: Les tables de Mangiamo Italiano – when was Pasta for lunch ever a bad idea.
♥ Crêpes and Sandwhiches: Chez Alain Miam Miam – famous for it’s amazing sandwiches all around town
Where to Stay in Paris
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From the Generator Paris to Marche des Enfants Rouge
- Metro Line 2 from station Colonel Fabien
- Switch at Belleville to Line 11
- Get off at République, et voilà! It’s just a 10 minute walk to le Haut Marais from there!
Ask a Parisian where to eat in Paris and you can bet they will guide you to this lovely market place in Le Haut Marais. I can’t blame them! This is THE place for local food!
Enjoy Paris and don’t hesitate to share me your experiences in the comments down below!