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From the No Worries Paris guidebook (follow their walking map):

“Double-back to Rue de Bretagne and go left. Pass Ruelle Sourdis de Beauce.

With delectables to delight foodies and a small garden in support of today’s grow-where-you-live trend, Le Marche Enfants Rouge seems contemporary. But it is the oldest still-active food market in Paris, built in 1615 under Louis XIII. Its intriguing name derives from an orphanage from back then, where the children wore red uniforms.


Both fresh and prepared foods are sold in the enclosed market, which manages to fit in tables made cheery under light from a glass-and-wrought-iron ceiling. Organic produce and fresh flowers are worthy of a portrait. Standard French cheeses, crepes, seafood, and meats are balanced by a range of ethnic fare (Asian, Moroccan, Cajun, Italian). Locals hang here amid a convivial atmosphere, and the few tourists who wander in are welcomed.”

39 rue de Bretagne
75003 Paris

Tue-Thu 8.30am-1pm, 4pm-7.30pm; Fri-Sat 8.30am-1pm, 4pm-8pm; Sun 8.30am-2pm
Transport:Métro : Filles du Calvaire ou Saint-Sébastien Froissart