Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Marché des Enfants Rouge



Much has been written by others about the oldest of the Paris food markets, le Marché des Enfants Rouge, first established in early 1600s (dates vary). The name originates with the red uniforms worn by the children of a nearby orphanage, created in 1534. (Virginia of Paris Through My Lens had another explanation.)



You can shop for antiques, art, and brocante or you can buy the fresh produce for your evening meal. You can discover delicious (and affordable) Japanese, Moroccan, West African and Greek offerings in the food stalls -- crêpes as well!



It is situated in the northern Marais with two entrances, one at 39, rue de Bretagne and the other one around the corner on the narrow Rue de Charlot.


19 comments:

jb said...

To the tune of "The March of the Silver Blondes"....

Genie said...

JB -- Yes, you noticed that right away, n'est-ce pas? I started to include a comment about the "silver blonds" but I had forgotten that term. Merci for reminding me!

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh, lovely! You are really making me want to go to Paris. And I love ethnic food, I will eat anything, yum!

Rob said...

We never made it to the Marais. But then we only had 8 days in Paris - 2 weeks wouldn't be enough time either.

Virginia said...

Oh I read that mess about red uniforms, I think my idea was more fun! :) What I want to know is why we didn't buy some of that food or at least taste some? Guess I was too busy taking pictures of the two guys in the photography shop where Mar is headed and ummmm.....buying more scarves from the guy on the street.

PS Mar's bum is getting a lot of blog time today! HA

MadAboutParis said...

My bum is honored to be on the Alabama-Parisaholic blogs today. Next time I must remember to drape my scarf over my shoulder, so that the yellow loafers make sense. I swear, from the front I looked very chic and coordinated...heh heh!

Paris Paul said...

Fun photo, especially the open bottle of rosé on the table in the foreground!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Shari -- Yes, you can just eat your way through Paris but you walk so much that it's not a problem. Well, it does depend on how many macarons you eat - hehehe!

Rob -- See, there is always a list of reasons to return to Paris. You can't see it all in one trip (or 7 or 8 or 9) and you must try different seasons. If you need more excuses get in touch and I'll provide a list!

Mary -- you were always looking chic and coordinated and you kept V from getting lost -- Well, most of the time anyway, hah!

V -- we should have bought some of the food but as I recall we were already stuffed from déjeuner!

Paul -- Yes, I noticed the rosé bottle, too. It was not ours, but it does look pretty lonely sitting there half-finished. Hummmm....

Loree said...

What an enchanting place. The brocantes sound very interesting.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Loree -- come back tomorrow as I have another feature of this marché

Alexa said...

You and Virginia really are of like minds. And I mean that as a compliment to both of you!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Alexa -- I think that we may each have half a mind -- hah! We share a love of Paris and photography -- Plus we can laugh ourselves silly!

Virginia said...

Moi ? LOST??? Ce n'est pas vrai!! I just had my mind on other stuff! :)
V

Alexa said...

That's it—I definitely need to join you one of these days!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Let me correct myself. Virginia was never lost as she knew exactly where she was...

Alexa, come on!

JM said...

Very old charming!

Randy said...

Amazing, interesting history too. I would love just for one day to walk where you have walked. Lucky you.

Paula said...

This brings back all kinds of memories. I lived in France as a child and the outdoor market is one of my most vivid.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Randy -- Keep visiting as I'll take you on a virtual walk just as I enjoy walking in your blog -- Merci!

Paula -- And that was one thing I wished for as a child... to be in Paris (or France)!