The Marché aux Fleurs Reine Elizabeth II, formerly known as Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux, is a flowers and birds market situated on the natural island named Île de la Cité in the 4th administrative district of Paris. It stays open every weekday from 08:00 am to 07:30 pm, although the timing changes slightly on Sunday. While the flowers market stays open Monday to Saturday, the birds market closes on Sundays.
The Marché aux Fleurs is a flowers market, whereas the Marché aux Oiseaux is a birds market. Both markets have been situated in the same arrondissement since early 1800’s and fall somewhere between an open air and covered market. The flower market comprises several pavilions, which are encircled by tree-lined pathways typical of most picnic locations in the French capital city. In the market stalls, visitors can find an array of shrubs, plants, and flowers, and decorative items during Christmas season especially.
Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux is a good place for sightseeing when on a Paris tour and pick up some flowers or birds. Apart from birds, Marché aux Oiseaux also sells rare rodents and different kinds of things such as birdseed or cages to the animal lovers.
When British Queen Visited the Market
Queen Elizabeth II visited the market in 2014 when she was on an official visit to commemorate D-Day’s seventieth anniversary in the French capital. Since then, the market got officially renamed to Marché aux Fleurs Reine Elizabeth II. However, the authenticity of the market remains intact.
This charming market in the heart of 4th arrondissement resembles a countryside, so a visit here offers a sensory experience that can be worthwhile to tourists. Do not shy away from asking around for tips from passionate flower sellers and they will explain you the varieties of flowers on sale and suitable plants for living space decoration.
To reach Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux, you need to board a Metro train and alight at the Cité Metro station. It is the only Metro stop in Île de la Cité, so finding it will be easier and so will be reaching the market on a weekday. The underground trail network is also attractive, and so is Sainte-Chapelle cathedral nearby the market.