Despite its capital status, Paris is perfectly capable of serving up a laid-back village vibe if you know where to go – and since the market is an unmistakeable symbol of French al-fresco life, it makes no sense to leave here without tracking one down.
One of Paris’ largest is the Marché Bastille , which floods Boulevard Richard Lenoir with stalls of local cheeses, free-range chicken, excellent fish, olives and saucisson. Alternatives are the Marché Mouffetard and neighbouring Marché Monge , where stallholders take particular pride in their produce – the beekeeper turns up in person to sell his honey – and senses will be overwhelmed by the perfectly-positioned patés and piles of sticky pâtisserie. Organic food fans should keep Saturday and/or Sunday morning free for the fabulous Marché Biologique des Batignolles and Marché Raspail . Head to the cosmopolitan Marché des Enfants Rouges if you want a meal you can eat on the spot.