As a market day in Paris, Sunday might be hard to beat. Many markets are open on Sunday morning, plus there’s tremendous variety in the different types. Whether your interests run toward antiques, flea items, food (including organic), crafts, books, or birds, you can find entire markets devoted to them on any given Sunday in Paris.
Sunday is also when many Parisians go to markets. Parents bring their children, couples stroll hand in hand, friends meet up, and individual shoppers make rounds to their favorite vendors. The outings are often followed by a leisurely Sunday meal. As a traveler, regardless of whether you’re on your own or with others, building your day’s itinerary around one market (or several) is a terrific way to make the most of a Sunday in Paris and be in keeping with local custom.
There are over 60 markets open on Sunday in Paris, and it isn’t an easy task to narrow them down. If you’re lucky enough to be in Paris on a Sunday, where do you start? To save you the leg-work of figuring that out, I’ve compiled a list of those that I think are the best Sunday markets.
One suggestion about timing: Many markets in Paris start closing at noon or 1 pm. To see them with the fullest array of options, get there early (around 9 am). You’ll have the rest of the day to explore other sights.
Each listing below includes the market’s arrondissement (or neighborhood), street location, and closest Métro. I recommend bringing along Markets of Paris, 2nd ed., the guide book which Dixon Long and I wrote, for more details about these markets plus others. In addition to the regular Sunday markets, there are also sporadic flea and antiques markets (brocantes) that pop up in different neighborhoods during weekends. Be on the lookout for banners announcing them.
Best Organic Market Open Sunday in Paris:
- Le Marché Biologique Raspail (boulevard Raspail from rue du Cherche-Midi to rue de Rennes), Métro: Rennes. In fact, Raspail is the only organic market that’s open on Sunday. It’s a popular market and attracts a lot of shoppers. Prices are high, but there’s always a premium on organic items. Don’t miss the galettes de pomme de terres ( hot potato pancakes) at the stand Les Gustalins.
3 Best Regular Open-Air Food (plus other items) Markets Open Sunday in Paris:
- Le Marché Place Monge (on place Monge in the 5th arr.), Métro: Monge. Don’t miss the fresh oysters.
- Le Marché Bastille, also known as Richard Lenoir (on boulevard Richard Lenoir between rue Amelot and rue Saint-Sabin in the 11th arr.), Métro: Bastille. Don’t miss the cheeses at Ferme de la Brie.
- Le Marché Grenelle (boulevard de Grenelle from rue de Lourmel to rue du Commerce in the 15th arr.), Métro: Dupleix or La Motte-Picquet Grenelle. Don’t miss the plums and apples at Evelyne Nochet’s stand.
There are 18 additional open-air markets spread across the Paris neighborhoods. I had to draw the line somewhere, but more of my Sunday market favorites with unique personalities that reflect their neighborhood are Auguste-Blanqui, Convention, and Joinville.
3 Best Covered Food Markets Open Sunday in Paris:
- Le Marché Couvert Enfants Rouges (39, rue de Bretagne in the 3rd arr.), Métro: Temple or Filles du Calvaire. Don’t miss the ethnic eateries.
- Le Marché Couvert Beauvau (place d’Aligre in the 12th arr.), Métro: Ledru-Rollin. Don’t miss the cheese stand.
- Le Marché Couvert Passy (1, rue Bois le Vent in place de Passy in the 16th arr.), Métro: La Muette. Don’t miss the fresh-baked breads.
Paris has numerous other covered markets with much to offer, such as Saint-Germain, Saint-Quentin, Saint-Martin, and La Chapelle.
3 Best Market Streets Open Sunday in Paris:
- Rue Mouffetard (between rue Calvin and rue Edouard Quénu in the 5th arr.) Métro: Monge or Censier Daubenton. Don’t miss the street musicians and dancers.
- Rue Cler (between rue de Grenelle and avenue de la Motte Picquet in the 7th arr.) Métro: École Militaire. Don’t miss the fromagerie shop.
- Rue d’Aligre (between rue Ctozatier and rue de Charenton in the 12th arr.) Métro: Ledru Rollin. Don’t miss the covered market in the center (Marché Couvert Beauvau, mentioned above).
2 Best Antiques and Flea Markets Open Sunday in Paris:
- Porte de Vanves Flea Market (avenue Marc Sangnier and avenue Georges-Lafenestre in the 14th arr.) Métro: Porte de Vanves. Don’t miss the vintage serving pieces.
- Saint-Ouen/Clignancourt Flea Market (just outside the 18th arr.) Métro: Porte de Clignancourt. Much larger than the Porte de Vanves flea market, Saint-Ouen/Clignancourt is an aggregation of 14 different flea and antiques markets. Don’t miss the ones along rue des Rosiers, such as Marché Paul Bert and Marché Serpette.
Paris also has clusters of antiques shops, such as Le Village Saint-Paul, Le Village Suisse, and Le Carré des Arts in Saint-Germain.
Best Crafts Market Open Sunday in Paris:
- Le Marché de la Création Edgar Quinet (boulevard Edgar Quinet in the 14th arr.) Métro: Edgar Quinet. Don’t miss the hat seller.
Best Book Market Open Sunday in Paris:
- Antiquarian and Used Book Market (Parc Georges Brassens along rue Brancion in the 15th arr.) Métro: Porte de Vanves or Convention. Don’t miss the Tintin collections.
There are also many booksellers with stands along the Seine in the 4th and 6th arrondissements.
2 Best Specialty Markets Open Sunday in Paris:
- Bird Market (place Louis Lépine and quai de la Corse on L’Île de la Cité in the 4th arr.) Métro: Cité. Don’t miss the lovebirds.
- Postage Stamp and Phone Card Markets (rue Gabriel from ave. Matignon to ave. de Marigny, in the 8th arr.) Métro: Franklin Roosevelt or Champs Élysées-Clemenceau. Don’t miss the Elvis stamps.