Marché Bastille

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Since the traditional Paris market Les Halles marché is now a shopping mall, your best alternative is the large, vibrant  Marché Bastille. Hundreds of food stalls sprawl along Boulevard Richard Lenoir. Bread. Fromage. Organic produce. Wine. Cakes. Free range birds. Sausage. Hot lunch. Oysters. Handicrafts. Russian dolls. Fake designer handbags. Artisan jewelry. Flowers, flowers, flowers.

Take your time. Practice your French. Ask about how to prepare your seasonal goods. Take unwanted advice from other shoppers. Argue. Have fun doing it. Have your kid hold the money or the shopping bag. Get more snacks. Then continue on foot with your picnic supplies to nearby Place des Vosges in the Marais.

Boulevard Richard Lenoir, 75011

Read the full Small Folk Travel Paris Guide.

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Small Folk Travel is a family travel site by mama and travel writer Taraneh Jerven. The Jerven family (two toddlers, one bun in the oven) travels incessantly. When researching our trips, we couldn't find the family travel coverage we were looking for. We did our own research. We wrote the family travel guides ourselves. Taraneh Jerven writes for international travel publishers including RoughGuides.com and DK Eyewitness Travel. We cover good stuff for discerning parents and their little ones. Often these overlap. If they don't, we take turns.

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