Le Marche Des Enfants Rouges, Paris

Le Marche Des Enfants Rouges


The market is secreted behind an inconspicuous green-metal gate. A glorious maze of 20-odd food stalls selling ready-to-eat dishes from around the globe (Moroccan couscous, Japanese bento boxes, and more), as well as produce, cheese and flower stalls, it's a great place to come for a meander and to dine with locals at communal tables.

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Le Marche des Enfats Rougues, the oldest covered market in Paris, was founded in 1615 in the Marais Quarter, by two war commissioners of Louis XIII

In English, the name translates to “Market of the Red Children”. This is a reference to the children clothed in red, who were taken care of in an orphanage nearby. The color red signified charity.

In the 1990s, the market nearly shut down and nearly turned into a parking lot. After protests from locals, the market reopened in 2000.

Address: 39 rue de Bretagne, 75003

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Tuesday-Saturday, 8am-8:30pm

Sunday 8:30am-5pm

(Each market stall’s days and hours vary)

Nearest Metro:

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