One of the best weekend pastimes of Parisians is browsing through antique shops and food markets in the City of Lights. It comes as no surprise that Paris natives are the kind of people who love to spend their days roaming around the cobbled streets in the city. In fact, you can also be like a Parisian and join the diverse set of crowd during your Paris city tours. If you do, you can find everything from fresh produce to vintage military coat buttons in the street markets. So, if you are into shopping antique items or locally sourced produce, add the below streets to your Paris private tour program.
Booksellers around the River Seine
One of the instantly recognizable aspects of the capital city of France is the booksellers who have set up their shops along the flanks of its most popular river. For an uninitiated, Paris is divided into two: the Left Bank and Right Bank of the Seine River. The booksellers have been selling antique posters and books around the areas in both the banks, spanning over 3 kilometers. So you can find close to 300,000 books, stamps, among other paper goods easily here.
The banks of the Seine River are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site so one can imagine its beauty and historical importance. The booksellers, who open their stores during various hours a day, are part of a centuries-old tradition and one that adds to the iconography of Paris.
This farmers market is often crowded with stacks of secondhand books, morsels of dates and cheese, and fresh apricot fruits. You can find everything from tropical fruits to edible seafood items in this market that opens from Tuesdays to Sundays. Its covered areas can be a haven when it is raining in the capital city, while uncovered sections have linens and antiques.
If you are not from France, make it a point to memorize the French phrase for “what’s this?” (Qu’est-ce que c’est) when entering the Aligre Market. This way, you will know what you are buying, and maybe get the best deal somehow.
Marché Saint Martin
This covered market situated nearby Canal Saint Martin is so bustling and eccentric that one might not even think that it actually traces back to the 19th Century. Take a trip to here if you want fresh produce, cheese, meat, and other products sold in specialty stores such as a German grocery. It is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays from morning until evening, and on Sundays from morning until afternoon.