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American-born travel journalist and guidebook author Heather Stimmler-Hall created the Secrets of Paris in 1999 to share the hidden side of the City of Light. Discover what you've been missing:

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Calendar of Paris Events

July 22-August 23
The annual Open-Air Cinema Festival takes place Wed-Sun nights at the Parc de la Villette's Triangle Prairie (M° Porte de Pantin), starting at sunset (around 10pm), free entry (deck chair rentals from 7:30pm). This year's haunting and spooky and horrific theme is "Home Cinema" (all films can be downloaded to watch at home from the website), including: Last Days, Beetlejuice, shutter Island, The Shining, Moulin Rouge, the Ghost Writer, and many French and international films (all in VO with French subtitles). 

Through August 23
The 30th annual Fête des Tuileries funfair with carnival rides at Tuileries Gardens starts today, free entry, rides with individual tickets. Plenty of food stands, too!

August 25
Sex & Booze: An Erotic Book Club at The Chamber, a private pop-up cocktail club, where Heather will be moderating a discussion about another controversial work of 18th-century French erotic literature, The Anti-Justine, by Nicolas-Edme Rétif. Special discount on Naughty Paris Guides for Chamber members. From 8pm, nibbles and fabulous cocktails to accompany the cock tales! Limited guest list, tickets €25 (members) or €45 (non-members; get €10 off with the discount code naughtyparis). 

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Shopping > Paris Food Markets & Gourmet Shops

Market Streets & Outdoor Markets

Note: There are over 75 neighborhood markets in Paris. Check here for the complete list from the Mairie (City Hall) or ask your hotel concierge where to find the closest one in your neighborhood.

Rue Montorgueil (2nd M° Etienne-Marcel or Sentier) Old-fashioned pedestrian market street open daily (some shops closed Sundays).

Rue Rambuteau (3rd M° Rambuteau) Market street in the Marais, shops normally open Tuesday-Saturday.

Rue Mouffetard (5th M° Censier-Daubenton or Place Monge) A historic market street with an open market towards the bottom, open Tuesday-Sunday morning (stands close for lunch).

Marché du Boulevard Raspail (6th M° Rennes) This large covered market between the Rue du Cherche Midi Rue de Rennes is open Tuesday and Friday 7am-1:30pm. On Sunday there’s an organic market (marché bio), 9am-1pm.

Rue de Buci (6th M° Odéon) A traditional market street in the chic St-Germain-des-Prés district, with open market stands Tuesday-Sunday (stands close for lunch).

Rue Cler (7th M° Ecole-Militaire) Traditional market street in a stylish neighborhood, shops open Tuesday-Saturday.

Rue du Faubourg St-Denis (10th M° Château d’Eau or Strasbourg-St-Denis) This busy market street has a mix of traditional and ethnic food shops. Some great bargains. Shops open Tuesday-Saturday, and Sunday morning.

Marché Bastille (11th M° Bastille or Breguet-Sabine) This large market extends along the Boulevard Richard Lenoir on Thursday and Sunday mornings. Prices get cheaper as you get closer to the Place de la Bastille.

Marché Belleville (11th/20th M° Couronnes) This exotic produce market stretches all the way from Métro Belleville to Métro Ménilmontant, with produce and spices from around the world. Open Tuesday and Friday mornings.

Rue Daguerre (14th M° Denfert-Rochereau) Traditional market street, open Tuesday-Sunday, with open food market stalls on Sunday.

Rue Poteau (18th M° Jules Joffrin) This traditional market street has a small outdoor market in the mornings (on the corner of Rue Duhesme). Shops open Tuesday-Saturday.

Rue Dejean (18th M° Château Rouge) This is the city’s largest African market, with great deals in the shops and market stalls, open daily.

Covered Markets

Marché des Enfants-Rouges (39 Rue de Bretagne, 3rd M° Temple) This is the oldest covered market in Paris, dating back to 1612 and completely renovated in 2002. A small number of stands with traditional market products. Open Tuesday-Thursday 9am-2pm and 4pm-9pm, Friday-Saturday 9am-8pm, and Sunday 9am-2pm.

Marché St-Quentin (85bis Boulevard Magenta, 10th M°Poissonière or Gare de l’Est) A lovely historic covered market of iron and glass, with produce, flowers, gifts, food products, bakery, and some flea-market stands. Open Monday-Saturday 8am-1pm and 3:30pm-7:30pm, Sunday 8am-1pm.

Marché Beauveau (Aligre) (Place d’Aligre, 12th M° Ledru-Rollin) The open market has existed since 1777 (the covered market built a century later), with with both flea-market and produce stands, and rock-bottom prices. Open Tuesday-Saturday 8am-1pm and 4pm-7:30pm, Sunday 8am-1pm.

Marché de Passy (1 Rue Bois le Vent, 16th M° La Muette) Smack in the center of the chic Passy shopping district, this covered market features gourmet produce and deli stands. Open Tuesday-Saturday 8am-1pm and 4pm-7:30pm, Sunday 8:30am-1pm.

Gourmet Food & Wine Boutiques

The two of the largest gourmet supermarkets with everything from wines and cheeses to produce and dry goods are Gourmet Lafayette and La Grande Epicerie du Bon Marché, both attached to their Grands Magasins.

The Place de la Madeleine (8th) is home to many famous gourmet food boutiques, including Fauchon (#26-30), Hédiard (#21), the Boutique Maille (#6), and the Maison de la Truffe (#19). Just up the road is Lavinia (3-5 Boulevard de la Madeleine, 1st M° Madeleine tel 01 42 97 20 20), the largest wine boutique in France, with wines and spirits from France and around the world.

For smaller, independently run boutiques try Izraël (30 Rue François Miron, 4th M° St-Paul tel 01 42 72 66 23), an exotic épicerie opened in 1947 with products from every corner of the earth, Goumanyat (3 Rue Dupuis, 3rd M° Temple tel 01 44 78 96 74), a specialist in gourmet spices and cooking ingredients in a former 19th-century apothecary (call ahead, very irregular hours), or G. Detou (58 Rue Tiquetonne, 2nd M° Etienne-Marcel tel 01 42 36 54 67), a wholesale boutique for baking ingredients (including beautiful edible flowers) open to the public.

Legrand Filles et Fils (1 Rue de la Banque or Galerie Vivienne, 2nd) has an épicerie selling gourmet teas, coffees and candies. The relatively new L’Epicerie & Le Champagne (12 Rue Parrot, 12th M° Gare de Lyon tel 01 46 28 13 50) specializes in Champagnes of all prices, as well as foie gras, Andalucian hams, caviar, and candies near the Viaduc des Arts. Supplier to the palace hotels and Michelin restaurants, Da Rosa Epicerie (62 Rue de Seine, M° Odéon tel 01 40 51 00 09) now sells the same high quality wines, hams, oils, truffles and cheeses direct to the public. Au Roi de Bretagne and Coop Breizh (10 & 12 Rue du Maine, 14th M° Montparnasse tel 01 43 20 84 60) specialize in cider, whiskey, sea salt, Quimper faïence and foods from Brittany. M° Bourse tel 01 42 60 07 12) is an historic, family run wine boutique with a tiny

Stock up on French kitchen supplies like copper pots and Peugeot salt and pepper grinders at La Bovida (36 Rue Montmartre, 2nd M° Etienne Marcel tel 01 42 36 09 99) or down the street at Mora (13 Rue Montmartre, 2nd tel 01 45 08 19 24). The pros shop here!