ALIGRE MARKET : a lively, cosy and welcoming marketCapture d’écran 2016-04-29 à 12.51.20

The Marché d’Aligre is located in the 12th arrondissement. It is an open-door market which takes place daily in the morning (except monday) . An authentic opendoor market with a friendly atmosphere. Very good quality products. Very well appreciated market by Parisian people.





Also a small covered market called « Marché Beauvau* », just next door, with a great selection of prepared food, fresh products and baked goods. And a small flea market in the center of the square. 

Visit this market for the wonderful food and people watching.

Great selection of fruits and vegetables, delicatessen and flowers. Several boulangeries and small cafés, around. 

SLIDESHOW Below : a slideshow with photos I took at Aligre market

*The covered Beauvau market was built in 1843.

My advice :

  • Maybe my favorite Paris outdoor market
  • Best time to visit the outdoor Aligre market is from 10 am to noon (closed at 1pm)
  • Go for a coffee on one of the many cafés around the market and enjoy the ambiance and the pleasure of people watching !
  • Café Charlette : I suggest this small authentic and welcoming Parisian cafe to have a break 

Practical informations  :

  • Address : Rue d’Aligre and place d’Aligre 75012 Paris
  • Métro Stop : Ledru-Rollin, ligne 8
  • Aligre Market Opening time : Opened daily (except on Monday) – Tuesday to Friday : 7.30am to 1.30pm Saturday and Sunday : 7.30 to 2.30pm
  • Beauvau Market opening time (the covered market just next door) : Opened daily (except on Monday) – Tuesday to Friday : 9am to 1pm and 4 pm to 7.30 pm – Saturday : 9am to 1pm and 3.30 pm to 7.30 pm – Sunday : 9am to 1.30pm



  • You’d like to feel like a local and having a tour in an opendoor market but don’t feel like having a tour with a group ?
  • More informations at the bottom of this article




BASTILLE OUTDOOR MARKET : a great introduction to Parisian food and cultureCarte pour marché Bastille

Don’t miss it. If you love food markets, the Bastille Market is a must-see in Paris. One of the biggest Parisian markets with place de la bastille’s Colonne de Juillet as the backdrop. 





Both for the locals and visitors. A lively market, and reasonable prices

Hundreds stalls offer a huge range of products. You’ll find fresh products and ready-to-eat foods vegetables, quiches, crepes, cheese, fruits, breads, pastries. But only few stalls with clothes

SLIDESHOW  Below : a slideshow with photos I took at Bastille market, on a Sunday morning

Practical informations :

  • Address : Boulevard Richard Lenoir 75011 Paris (just nearby the “Place de la Bastille” and not far from Le Marais neighborhood)
  • Metro stop : Bastille (the easiest way to get there is getting of at Bastille station) or Richard Lenoir, ligne 5
  • Opening times : Thursday, 7am-2.30pm; Sunday, 7am-3pm.
  • Private walking tour in a Paris outdoor market



  • You’d like to feel like a local and having a tour in an opendoor market but don’t feel like having a tour with a group ?
  • Don’t hesitate to contact me for a friendly walking tour in an opendoor market (at a reasonable price)
  • You only, or you and the person you choose. I’ll introduce you to the French tradition of shopping in a Paris market and will give you some informations about products sold and about the neighborhood too.
  • Duration of the tour : about 1.5 hour. It includes a coffee in an authentic cafe nearby the market.



IMG_9112-1The Faubourg* Saint Antoine is located  a few steps away from the Place de la Bastille. 


Since the 12th century, it has been an important area for trade and craft industry 

The  craftsmen set up mainly, along the “rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine” in courtyards and alleys.

In the 15 th century, the district rose thanks to a special decree of the king who exempted every workers of the Faubourg from taxes. It was then, a main location for wood, furniture and cabinet-making industry.

At the beginning of the 18th century : more than 200 workshops in activity in this area.


Some great cabinet-makers were the furniture suppliers to the aristocratic palaces.


André-Charles Boulle

Among these great cabinetmakers, Charles-André Boulle (1642-1732), was considered to be the preeminent artist in the field of marquetry and was considered by his contemporaries as “the most remarkable of all French cabinetmakers”. He was the supplier to the court of Louis XIV.


MAP : the “Faubourg Saint Antoine” is located on the east of “La Bastille”

An OLD TRADITION OF TRADE AND CRAFT INDUSTRY : carpenters, cabinet makers, hupholsterers, chair caners, scrap dealers, rags pickers… Visiting this area will give you an idea of what was the 18th and 19th century in Paris.

Below : photos of the beginning of the 20th century.



URBAN OASES in PARIS . Nowadays : a few artisans workshops can still be found in these hidden passages and courtyards, but also contemporary designers, artists…


One of the courtyards is in the video “N’oubliez jamais” sang by JOE COCKER (with CATHERINE DENEUVE) in the 90s

*Faubourg means that this area has been for a long time outside of Paris. The Faubourg St Antoine is part of Paris since the end of the 18th century (1795)

Practical details : 

  • Metro station : Ledru Rollin (line 8) or Bastille (line 1, 5 or 8)
  • Avoid the weekends, when more passages or courtyards are closed.
  • Some of the courtyards are private locations : so you can’t be sure that you’ll manage to get in. 
  • Most of the courtyards and passages are cobbled : walking is not always confortable …(!)
  • Suggested breaks : Le Pain Quotidien, rue de Charonne (a pleasant and relaxing setting and a nice welcoming. for a meal, a dessert or a drink (Suitable meals for vegetarians) – And some nice cafés around the Place d’Aligre (Metro stop : Ledru Rollin)

Private walking tour  in the FAUBOURG SAINT ANTOINE : If you’d like visiting this neighborhood with me, please contact me  (A visit of a renown outdoor market  can be included in the “Faubourg Saint Antoine walk”)