Marché d’Aligre is a French market which allows tourists to feast their eyes on impressive mountains of cheese, meat from artisan butchers, fresh fruit, vegetables, and buckets of newly bloomed flowers as they walk the street. Have a look around, mingle with the locals, smell the roses and take in the colourful atmosphere.
At times it feels like a juggling act when a visitor with limited time in Paris must choose to visit just one of the wonderful and varied Paris markets. The outside vendors at Marché d’Aligre and those in the covered Marché Beauvau in the Paris 12th arrondissement make this one this area of those cool places where you can find the greenest of green zucchini or a lovely bunch of French radishes perfectly arranged as a bouquet with a red top and white bottom—and the little piggies that went to market that are tucked away in the adjacent covered market building.
But save time to explore the covered market, Marché Beauvau. It’s a protected, historic building built in the mid-19th century and that’s where you might encounter sights you haven’t seen before, such as shining piglet butts hanging from a butcher’s stall rafter.
To reach the Marché d’Aligre, get to Métro: Ledru-Rollin and walk to Place d’Aligre. Its treasures are available any day of the week except for Monday. Over 100 vendors wait at this friendly market loved by the locals.
- M°: Faidherbe – Chaligny, Gare de Lyon, Ledru-Rollin
- Bus: 20, 29, 61, 65, 76, 86, 87, 96, Balabus
- Train: Gare de Lyon
- Station N° 12005, 74 rue crozatier
- Station N° 12101, 89 ter rue de charenton
- Station N° 12004, 76 rue traversiere