Marché Président-Wilson

Things to do, Markets and fairs Champs Élysées and western Paris
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Bursting with high-quality epicurean delights, this twice-weekly market attracts the city's top chefs and discerning foodies.

In front of Palais de Tokyo and running almost the length of Avenue Président-Wilson, this open air food 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. The choice is eye-popping so take time to do several laps before you make any purchases. At odds with the straight-laced 16th arrondissement, stall owners banter with customers and call out their wares, often offering morsels to taste.

Highlights include Joel Thiébault’s long-established grocery stall, known for peddling veg so rare you may never have seen it before; JPB fishmongers with their rainbow of seafood and fish (all so fresh it’s practically still wriggling) and Maison Priolet, renowned for game and high-quality poultry. Don’t be alarmed if much of it still has feathers on – this may be in the heart of one of the most chi-chi areas but this is a proper slice of Parisian gastronomy  tongues, tripe and all.

Unlike its counterparts, it does a mean range of hot food to takeaway too: Thai, Chinese, Lebanese, and Breton-style crepes. Carnivores: head for the butchers half way down – a stall piled high with Alsatian choucroute, vats of boeuf bourguignon, paella, pâte to suit every palate and rotisserie chicken and roast potatoes. Find a spot with a view onto the Seine and the Eiffel Tower to devour your bounty. Market bliss.

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Venue name: Marché Président-Wilson
Address: Av Président-Wilson
16th
Paris

Opening hours: 7am-2.30pm Wed; 7am-3pm Sat
Transport: Metro: Iéna
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