Paris is a city synomous with beauty, and what is more dreamy than rows upon rows of sweet-smelling flowers? Markets are popular concept in Paris, from tasty food trips to bargin hunting. But for filling your home with floral scents, there's no better place to head than one of Paris's flower markets where everything from the pinkest peonies to wild blossoms can be found. Or, if you're looking for something a bit more bespoke, you'll find tailormade bouquets or top faux interior decorations, at these beautiful flower boutiques.
Go, live la vie en rose!
Top marché aux fleurs
In front of Palais de Tokyo and running almost the length of Avenue Président-Wilson, this open air food and flower market claims to be the largest of its kind in Paris. It may also be the most gourmet – go early in the morning to spot chefs and restaurateurs stocking up on fish, meat, fruit, vegetables, cheese and organic wine. Find a spot with a view onto the Seine and the Eiffel Tower to devour your bounty. Market bliss.
Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
Opening hours: Wed & Sat 7.30am-1.30pm
Marché aux Fleurs
Found on the Ile de la Cité, this flower market has been attracting gardners and curious passersby since the mid 19th century. With both indoor and outdoor areas, the market is home to seasonal or exotic blooms, orchids as well as shurbs and everything in between. An ideal spot for an afternoon potter.
Marché aux Fleurs
37 Allée Celestin Hennion, 4th
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 8am-7.30pm. Sun: 8am-7pm
Beautiful flower shops
Found in the 15th arrondissement Cler Fleurs is one of the Parisian stalwarts for fresh and blooming bouqets. Frequented by elegant Parisian matrons and trendy couples, and surrounded by lots of busy and buzzy bistros, it's a great spot to come for a peruse. With many different types of flowers and all at sensible prices it would be rude not to take some home.
46 rue Cler, Paris 75007
Metro: Ecole Militaire
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9.30am-8pm, Sun 9.30am-1pm
52 Rue Montorgueil, 75002 Paris
Metro: Etienne Marcel
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 9am-8.30pm, Mon 10am-8pm
Fleurs et Plants
Located just off the main Aligre market square, this local florist has all the goods, with many exotic and seasonal flowers coming at very reasonable prices.
Fleurs et Plantes
Place d'Aligre, 12th
Opening hours: Tues-Fri 9am-1pm 4pm-7.30pm. Sat 9am-1pm 3.30pm-7.30pm. Sun 9.30am-1pm
This boutique-like floralist is found at the back end of a petite arch just off Rue du Bac. Albeit a small spot, they have a suprisingly diverse selection of flowers and bouquets.