The Raspail Organic Market

(Le Marché Raspail)

 

Each Sunday between 8:30 in the morning and 2:30 in the afternoon, BonjourParis recommends you join the shoppers dragging the chariots (shopping carts) and shopping bags and follow the throng for their weekly trek for a fix of organic products. People come from all over Paris to make their purchases and enjoy the scene. Don’t faint if you spot actresses Catherine Deneuve or Juliette Binoche trying to shop incognito.

 

What you'll find: Incredible produce, fish, meat (no hormones and milk fed, merci) fruit that's so fresh you can smell it before you approach the stall and miniature vegetables that were harvested in their infancy.

 

Among my favorites are the cheeses and if your thing is goat cheese, you'll be in heaven and overwhelmed by the available selection. Whichever consistency you prefer is yours for the taking (and the Euros, of course).

 

You'll be able to sample (and hopefully buy) some organic wines. Smaller producers bring theirs to market.

 

New Jersey native Michael Healy started producing handmade, organic whole wheat English muffins two decades ago and introduced the French to the real McCoy. Dubbed “The Muffin Man,” and surrounded by both the American and British expat community, Michael and his French wife Valerie won over the skeptical French shoppers, adding them to the list of loyal customers.

 

A favorite of many market goers is the stand where caramelized onion galettes are produced as you watch. You'll spot the line of people patiently waiting to buy theirs and hope they'll be able to eat only one‑they're addictive. You'll find this seller near the Hôtel Lutécia.

 

Raspail Organic Market

Blvd. Raspail between rue de Cherche Midi and rue de Rennes

Métro: Rennes

2011 hours: 8:30am-2:30pm

 

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