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Year-round markets in Paris offer a delicious taste of the city

By JOLENE CARPENTER | STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 27, 2014

Could there be a better way to sample daily life as the Parisians live it than browsing the markets of Paris? American and former Paris resident Marjorie R. Williams, co-author of “Markets of Paris,” thinks not.

We discovered Williams through the “Bonjour Paris” newsletter and asked her to suggest some markets that newcomers to the city might enjoy. Here are her suggestions for affordable, year-round markets that can be navigated even if you’re not fluent in French.

 • Marché Bastille, an open-air market on Boulevard Richard-Lenoir in the 11th Arrondissement, open from about 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays.

 • Marché Couvert Saint-Germain, a covered market on Rue Lobineau in the 6th Arrondissement, open 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays.

• Rue Montorgueil, a market street in the 2nd Arrondissement is half-market, half foodie paradise shopping street. It bursts with flower vendors, rotisseries, baked goods and fragrant cheese. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and on Sunday mornings.

• Le Marché de la Création Edgar Quinet, an arts and crafts market on Boulevard Edgar Quinet in the 14th Arrondissement, between rue Huyghens and rue du Départ, open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays.

“There are more than 120 other markets in Paris to choose from if they like these!” she said.

For more on Paris markets or Williams’ book, visit www.marjorierwilliams.com; follow Williams on Twitter: @w_marjorie,  or find “Markets of Paris” on Facebook. The book also is available for purchase at amazon.com: www.amazon.com/Markets-Paris-2nd-Edition-Antiques/dp/1936941007.

carpenter.jolene@stripes.com

One of the largest markets in Paris, the Marché Bastille pops up twice a week on Boulevard Richard-Lenoir in Paris' 11th Arrondissement.
COURTESY OF MARJORIE R. WILLIAMS

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