Every Parisian neighborhood has at least one regular farmers market with seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs, fish and seafood stalls, and, of course, endless varieties of cheeses representing every region of France. My very first encounter with a market was on Boulevard Raspail, in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, between metro stations Rennes and Sèvres – Babylone. A couple of years later, it became my neighborhood market.
It’s on every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, from 07:00 to 13:30, with Sunday being a day for organic products.
It became my Sunday tradition to go there — somehow, this day has a particularly cozy, inviting atmosphere. I usually enter the market from the side of the newly renovated hotel Lutetia to get a breakfast potato fritter with onion and cheese. Squeezing through the crowd of visitors and buyers and tasting cheeses and fruits along the way are all parts of the market experience. There is a stall with fresh Italian pasta, meat, cheeses and sauces, which make for a lovely Sunday dinner.
The freshly pressed pomegranate juice with a cheese and fig jam galette, made by a brisk lady at a stall next to Rennes station entrance, is not to be missed. Her neighbors are selling oysters – to take home or to be enjoyed right at the market with a half of lemon. A bottle of wine to accompany a platter can be bought from a gentleman on the opposite side.