Kay and I are currently spending a month in Paris, and I wanted to share some of our favorite spots. Sure, you may know the Eiffel tower, the Arc de Triomph, and the Louvre, but in this series I'll be sharing a few spots off the beaten path.
First up, Marche des Enfants Rougue!
The oldest covered market in Paris, it was once an orphanage (the children of which wore red coats - hence the name), this market should be on every Paris visitor’s to-do list.
Located in the heart of the third Arrondissement, Les Marche des Enfants Rougue is the kind of place you have to visit more than once. Surprisingly easy to pass by, the open air market is essentially walled in and behind a large bookstore.
Inside you’ll find stall after stall of amazing street food - each one unique. You can’t miss the sprawling produce booth as you enter, neighbored on two sides by flower vendors, and beyond that are the mini-restaurants.
Italian, Moroccan, Japanese, Vegetarian, Lebanese, as well as a sandwich shop and burger joint just to name a few- they’re all offering up deliciously authentic cuisines (and usually with the kind of line indicative of an amazing food truck or stall).
Most are very affordable, friendly and welcoming of Americans. Each has their own seating space on the outer ring of the market, but be forewarned - each spot handles it differently. At the Japanese and Italian booths, you sit first and place your order at the table (but pay at the counter), The Moroccan stall takes your order at the counter but brings you your plates, etc. Don’t be afraid to ask!
Looking for coffee? Check out The Broken Arm across the park
More Paris posts coming soon!