This historic market takes its name from the 16th-century orphanage that used to occupy the site; the red of the children’s clothes indicated they had been donated by Christian charities. Although the orphanage closed before the revolution, the imposing wooden edifice survived and was reopened as a deluxe food market in 2000 after extensive campaigning from locals. Now something of a tourist hotspot, the market also boasts a handful of first-rate restaurants.
Tokyo may have more Michelin stars, but if you had to crown one city ‘world food capital’, wouldn’t it be Paris? A quick whizz round these thriving local produce markets should win over even the most sceptical of gourmets. From a refined foodie hotspot in the Marais to the fruit and veg stands that sprawl out from Bastille to a wholesale mecca on the city’s outskirts, the best food markets in Paris will make you hungry long before you’re back in the kitchen.
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