Markets in Paris
Back in the 1950s-70s, a lot of cities around the world decided to ‘improve’ things and moved their street markets outside of town. Paris was foolish and decided to keep its markets alive and well in the city streets. It was a ‘mistake’ that many subsequent generations of Parisians and tourists alike have welcomed! The markets here are in many cases in exactly the same locations they occupied for centuries and they’re a part of life. Whether it’s foodstuffs, horticulture, clothes, antiques, bric-a-brac, shoes or just about anything else, you’ll find it here in the markets. Don’t expect rock-bottom prices because that’s not really what markets here are about. They’re about farmers and artisans bringing their fresh and unique products into the city to sell, so they don’t pretend they’re going to be able to undercut the supermarkets.
Shopping here is an experience that’s as much about leisure as it is procurement, as you’ll know when you’ve started and finished your market tour with some form of refreshment or other! Markets can be crowded and some are rather more aimed at tourists and expats than locals – but your Withlocals local expertise will help you to differentiate between them. Apart from antiques and flea markets, ‘the price is the price’ and haggling isn’t expected. You can frown and walk away and if the person offers you a discount then fine but don’t make below-ticket offers unless you’re invited to. Above all – enjoy!