Paris is known as the City of Light, but those who want to see the city in an entirely new way can only do so by day, when its dozens of markets are open.
The second edition of Markets of Paris by Dixon Long and Marjorie Williams is a compact guide to more than 100 of Paris’ food, antique, craft, and book markets. The new edition, out May 15, is completely reorganized by arrondisement, making it easier to use. The 301-page, pocket-sized book includes descriptions of Paris’ markets, suggestions of what to buy, which vendors to seek out, and handy maps that show which markets are near attractions like the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Élysées.
Williams spent more than six months in Paris exploring its markets six days a week to compile the information for the book, but her fascination with Paris markets began as a child growing up in Pennsylvania where her mom used to take her to farmers markets. As an adult, she seeks out markets everywhere she goes.
"It’s a fabulous way to get to see the city. You can literally go into every neighborhood and you get this cultural immersion like no other," said Williams.
And for those who don’t think they have time to see a Paris market or two, Williams’ book explains how travelers can combine sightseeing with market visits. Plus, many Parisian markets sell fresh produce and prepared foods like crusty baguettes, rotisserie chicken, crepes, and savory tarts, which are inexpensive yet delicious alternatives to eating out.
While choosing her favorite food markets was tough, William narrowed it down to the 10 must-see food markets of Paris and shares her tips for shopping like a local.