To Market, To Market…but Which Kind?

When I tell people I’ve been working on a book about the markets of Paris, it’s a bit of a Rorschach test. Business types assume I’m talking about financial markets. (Years ago I was an editor for business books, so it’s not that much of a stretch.) They try to appear interested, but I see their eyes glaze over. Some jump to the conclusion it’s about supermarkets. Daring ones who know I also write fiction guess a detective novel. People who know me better make the connection with my interest in food, farmers markets, and local markets of all kinds. Ding!

Markets of Paris covers 120 market destinations. About 80 of them focus on food. These are open-air food markets, street markets, covered markets, and a couple gourmet markets. Other items are sold there, but food is the emphasis.

Rue Daguerre Street Market


But that’s not all. Forty or so other markets included in Markets of Paris yield treasures for the home and unusual souvenirs across all price ranges.

Flea markets

Le Marché aux Puces de Montreuil

and antique markets,

book markets, fabric markets, postcard and paper markets,

Vintage postcards

fabric markets, crafts markets, art markets, flower & bird markets, even postage stamp and telephone card markets.

Crafts market

What it comes down to is this: The Markets of Paris covers all the markets that Paris has to offer (except the Bourse). Dixon Long and I feature some of our favorites in each category with lengthier write-ups and photos.

Bird Market

Markets abound in Paris. It’s part of how Parisians have been sourcing provisions, selling goods, and satisfying their interests for hundreds of years. It’s woven into their history and culture. And so, visiting markets in Paris is one of the best ways of experiencing the local culture. Listen to how people interact, watch what they do, jump in and participate yourself. You can spend half a day or, as I did, over 6 months happily exploring markets of all kinds…and still be left wanting more.

What are some of your favorite markets? I’d love to hear.

Marjorie R. Williams describing different kinds of markets in Paris, excerpted from her presentation at International Culinary Center in New York City (2012)

Related Links:

5 Reasons to Shop the Market Streets of Paris

7 of the Best Covered Food Markets in Paris

Paris Food Markets: What are the Different Types?

Tip #1 for Exploring the Markets of Paris

Tip #2 and 3 for Exploring  The Markets in Paris

Tip Timing Matters#4

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2 Responses to “To Market, To Market…but Which Kind?”
  1. Harvey says:

    These markets are outstanding. I can’t wait to go exploring them with the help of this book.
    WOW..the pics are really to the bird mkt as soon as I can!

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