This is the oldest covered market in Paris, dating 1615, and a national historic monument. Its name, Market of the Red Children, commemorates the orphanage that previously occupied the site for close to a century, where the children were dressed in red. A much loved address, it is not so much a remarkable produce market as a quirky and affordable place to eat.
On weekends, the market is full of young local couples with kids. Along with the cheese, wine, fruit, fish and flower stalls, there are several ethnic traiteurs serving lunch options. What’s unique is that the market is dotted with picnic tables where you can sit and eat (with table service) or you can take away.
We went for the spicy tagine at the Moroccan stand and a local Rosé…. it was divine. We were very tempted by the buckwheat crepes piled jambon and salad and Anon demanded a return visit to try the Bresse chicken or spit-roasted lamb with spuds from La Rotisserie Enfant Rouge. Hours are sporadic so check before you go.
Le Marché des Enfants Rouges : 39, Rue de Bretagne, 75003.
Phone 01 40 11 20 40
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